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.
We start a cohort of teacher candidates each fall and spring semester. Apply early, promptly complete our pre-program course ED 3000, and register for semester 1 FasTrack courses to reserve your spot.
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 required content area license coursework.*
All FasTrack education courses are delivered in an hybrid/online format. However, 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.
Click on the links below to learn about required content 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.
The FasTrack program meets requirements of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for licensure in the state of Minnesota. If you are living in another state and interested in seeking licensure in state other than Minnesota, you will need to follow that state’s requirements for candidates prepared out of state. Please contact the Department of Education in your state to learn about the requirements for licensure in your state.
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Higher Learning Commission
All programs at Bemidji State University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).