Elementary Ed (DLiTE) BS

Distributed Learning in Teacher Education (DLiTE) is a three-year online Bachelor of Science program that prepares students to earn their K-6 teacher licensure.

DLiTE combines online learning with three face-to-face meetings each year in the Minneapolis area. This blended approach offers both convenience and opportunities for professional collaboration. The program meets all Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements. It is ideal for rural and urban students who, for various reasons, cannot attend an on-campus program.

To comply with licensure requirements, SEP (Standards of Effective Practice) courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted as transfer equivalencies for DLiTE or FasTrack. All ED SEP courses must be taken through Bemidji State University. Courses that can be considered for substitution approval are 100% transfer equivalencies for: MATH 1011, MATH 1013, HLTH 3400/5400, and HLTH 4100.

This program has been approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to lead to a Minnesota teaching license upon successful completion of the coursework and required licensure exams. If you do not live in Minnesota, please be aware this program will NOT fulfill the requirements for a teaching license outside of Minnesota. Please contact the department of education in your state of residence to learn about the requirements for teacher licensure in your state.  You can find a directory here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Program Highlights


Students must have the BSU liberal education requirements met via BSU courses, or an AA Liberal Arts degree (or higher), or a complete MN Transfer Curriculum, and a 2.5 or higher cumulative transfer GPA to be eligible for admission. Follow this link for testing requirements for admission.

Elementary Education (BS) major requirements

63 required credits – view catalog for requirements.

Delivery Options

DLiTE includes online courses, plus three face-to-face sessions each year. Face-to-face meetings are typically 1 to 3 days in length, and occur on the North Hennepin Community College campus in Brooklyn Park, MN (Fall 2021 – Spring 2022).


DLiTE Program Coordinator Mirlande Erickson dlite@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: (800) 723-3567
Cell: (612) 716-8156
Fax: (763) 433- 1485