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Teacher Education K-8 License (DLiTE) - Bemidji State University

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Program Information

Granted by Bemidji State University, the DLiTE program is a K-8 Teacher Licensure program offered in a hybrid format. Students complete the majority of their courses online with three face-to-face meetings per year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus.

A new cohort begins each fall and spring. This is a three-year program, regardless of having an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Students must have completed the minimum of a Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) or Associate of Arts Degree (AA) before applying to the program.  Students apply to Bemidji State University online. There are regularly scheduled online information sessions. You can find details of these on the website linked below.

    Please visit www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/dlite for admissions steps and procedures. For questions about the DLiTE Program, please send inquiries to dlite@bemidjistate.edu, or make an appointment to visit with Mirlande Erickson in H137. 

  • The courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format. A portion of each class is conducted in a face-to-face setting at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus three times each year while the remainder of the class is completed online.

    Additionally, all students work in a K-6 classroom with a teacher mentor each semester. You will need to arrange for your mentor prior to beginning the program at www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/dlite.

    • Complete the MnTC or the Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
    • Among the courses you take, complete MATH 1120, Math for Elementary Teachers to complete the math requirement of the MnTC/AA (MATH 1011, Math for Elementary Teachers 1 at Bemidji State)
    • Complete HPER 1102, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco as part of the wellness requirement for the AA (one more course will be required to fulfill the wellness requirement) (HPER 1102 is equivalent to HLTH 3400, HEALTH AND DRUGS IN SOCIETY at Bemidji State) 
    • If you are considering an "endorsement area" in social studies, take these additional courses:
      • ECON 2206, PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (ECON 2000, MARKETS & RESEARCH)
      • GEOG 1102, INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (GEOG 2200, INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY)
      • GEOG 1103, PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (GEOG 2100, INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY)
      • HIST 1101, MINNESOTA HISTORY (HIST 2610, MINNESOTA HISTORY)
      • HIST 2221, U.S. HISTORY II (HIST 1115, U.S. HISTORY II)
      • POLS 1111, AMERICAN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT (POL 1200, INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS)

    *Course equivalencies were found using www.transfer.org/uselect, Equivalencies are subject to change without notice; check with a representative from Bemidji State University for accuracy.     

  • An elementary or middle school teacher (K-8 licensure).

  • Students who are interested in joining the DLiTE program will need to be able to pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam Basic Skills Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These newly redesigned tests are very challenging and are required for licensure in Minnesota. You are highly encouraged to take the test in the year prior to applying so you can, if necessary, choose coursework at Anoka-Ramsey to help you prepare for any portion of the test that you didn't pass the first time.

    At this time, students may be accepted without passing scores, but you won't be able to move beyond your first semester of classes in the program without a reasonable plan for passing and no classes will be allowed past the second semester without passing scores. Since the test is so challenging and the program very intense, you are much more likely to be successful if you get your scores to passing or almost passing prior to starting. (240 is passing, 235 and above would be considered "almost" passing.)

    Students who are interested can contact, Mirlande Erickson at Bemidji State University at  1-800-723-3567 or visit www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/dlite.

    Students may register online at Bemidji State University once accepted into the program.

    • Elementary School Teacher
    • Middle School Teacher

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