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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most questions about Professional Education programs and services can be answered by contacting the Department of Professional Education at 218-755-2934. Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate person or department.

I want to be a teacher.  How do I get started?

There are several options open to you at BSU.

As an undergraduate student, you must first complete 30 semester credits of liberal education courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.  You must then complete the MTLE Basic Skills Test - proof/documentation of the test must be provided by either a score report, testing center verification, or scores on file with the BSU Records Office (218-755-2020).  Final acceptance to a specific program is completed in ED 3100 - Introduction to the Foundations of Education.

If you have completed an associate's degree, consider pursuing your bachelor's degree and Minnesota teaching license through the DLiTE program. Contact the Department of Professional Education or the DLiTE office (800-723-3567; dlite@bemidjistate.edu) for more information.

If you have completed a non-teaching bachelor's degree, consider pursuing a teaching license via portfolio.  Contact the Department of Professional Education or the FasTrack office (800-723-3567; fastrack@bemidjistate.edu) for more information.

For general information, contact the BSU Registrar in the Records and Registration Office (218-755-2020) or the Professional Education Department.

I want to apply for scholarships. How do I do this?

Scholarships are available every year.  Applications are usually available in January, deadlines for submission are in February, and awards are made in April. For more information, visit the Professional Education Scholarships web page, or contact the Clinical Experiences office (218-755-2930).

For more information concerning financial assistance, contact the Financial Aid office (218-755-2034).

I am a student at another institution, but I want to transfer to BSU and enroll in education classes. Who do I contact concerning my transfer credits?

Contact the Professional Education Department to schedule an appointment for a review of your transcripts.

I am interested in teaching at the secondary level. Should I talk with someone from my major area or from education?

Both! For advising in your major area of study, contact your assigned advisor.  For advice concerning education course requirements, contact the Department of Professional Education or the Clinical Experiences office (218-755-2930).

I am interested in the DLiTE program. Who should I contact for more information?

The Distributed Learning in Teacher Education (DLiTE) program is a blended (online/on-campus in the Twin Cities) elementary education program available to those who have already obtained an associate's degree. Contact the DLiTE office (800-723-3567; dlite@bemidjistate.edu) for more information.

I am interested in the FasTrack Secondary Initiative program. Who should I contact for more information?

The Fastrack Secondary Initiative program provides a means of receiving a Minnesota teaching license via portfolio and is available to those who wish to teach at the secondary level and have already obtained a non-teaching bachelor's degree. Contact the FasTrack office (800-723-3567; fastrack@bemidjistate.edu) for more information.

Who do I contact concerning student teaching?

Information concerning student teaching can be found on the Clinical Experiences website, or contact the Clinical Experiences office (218-755-2930).

I am interested in taking online courses, extension courses, and/or ITV courses.  Who do I contact to find out what is available?

Contact Extended Learning (218-755-2068) for information.

I am interested a graduate degree in education.  Where do I start?

There are currently three graduate degree possibilities in Professional Education - Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Science in Education (M.S.) and Master of Science in Special Education (M.S.). There are also several Special Education licenses available at the graduate level (SLD, EBD, D/APE, VI).

For questions concerning the M.Ed. and M.S. in Education, contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Michael Urban (218-755-3734).

For questions concerning the M.S. in Special Education or Special Education licenses, contact Dr. Janne Lillestol (218-755-3734). 

Please Note: If you DO NOT have a current MN teaching license, you will need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice (SEP) courses, student teaching, and all exams required by the MN Board of Teaching/MN Department of Education.

Where can I get help with my research paper or thesis?

Primary Authorities

Begin with two primary authorities:

  1. Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper from the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University; the latest edition is August 2010. Departments may have additional handbooks for student guidance.
  2. Your graduate department or program's style manual. The two manuals used most at BSU include the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA-6th Edition).

Note Particularly: The Handbook and applicable style manual will guide you in format, grammar, sentence structure, and other stylistic matters. In the Handbook, note particularly the sections on Page Sequence and Sample Front Matter Pages; both a thesis and a research paper will have multiple chapters.

After writing your thesis or research paper, submit the first draft to your advisor for a review of content and format. After making any recommended changes, submit the final draft to your other committee members for a review of content and format. Always consult your advisor as to how the process works in their department for the submission of your drafts.

For questions concerning paper content, contact your thesis/research paper advisor or instructor.

For additional questions concerning the formatting of thesis or research papers, consult the Handbooks section of the School of Graduate Studies website, or contact the School of Graduate Studies (218-755-2027; grad@bemidjistate.edu).