Get on the “fast track” to becoming a professionally licensed teacher!
The FasTrack PostBac Secondary Initiative is an accelerated, online/hybrid cohort license opportunity designed for students who hold undergraduate or graduate degrees in an area other than education. If you already hold a teaching license, FasTrack is not for you.
FasTrack requires three face-to-face meetings (in the Twin Cities) per year, so it is ideal for those who cannot attend an on-campus program.
As soon as you enroll in FasTrack, you may be eligible to apply to teach on a limited license. This will be determined by your school district and the MN State Board of Teaching, based on the license area and relevant factors.
FasTrack License Options
You can focus on a variety of k-12 or secondary-level content areas. If you have previously completed undergraduate or graduate credits in content areas (math, science, etc.) you may be able to apply them toward the license coursework.*
Depending on the desired license, not all content courses may be available in an online format. For instance, some of the required content courses for physical education may not all be available online. All FasTrack education courses are delivered in an hybrid/online format.
Click on the links below to learn about required coursework in each area. Before you apply, check your transcripts to see if any of your content courses align.
*You must have attained a 2.5 GPA in any previous content courses to apply them toward licensure.
**We partner with Special Education to prepare students for licensure. Please note that the 33-34 Special Education credits are in addition to the 23 credits in the FasTrack PostBac SEP courses.
*** Offered in conjunction with St. Cloud State.
Upon full acceptance and successful completion of all requirements, coursework, and student teaching, Bemidji State University will recommend you for licensure to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.
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Higher Learning Commission
All programs at Bemidji State University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Minnesota Board of Teaching
The Minnesota Board of Teaching has approved programs at Bemidji State University leading to teacher licensure in a variety of areas. The Minnesota Board of Teaching, created in 1973, provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs in order to assure that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. More information is available on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website.