Program Overview

Bemidji State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education program for students who are interested in developing their credentials and skills as educators of elementary age children. The program will give students an opportunity to learn about their roles as developers of children through education and how children grow and develop through schools. Students will study elementary math and science, as well as language arts and reading, and other foundational educational topics which are the subject of focus in elementary education.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include math for elementary school teachers, health and drugs in society, health education in the elementary school, introduction to the foundations of education, educational psychology, pedagogy and planning for instruction, teacher elementary physical education, creative process foundations, human relations, language arts, social studies in the elementary school, elementary math methods, elementary science methods, creative expressions, adaptation and management, the professional teacher, and elementary student teaching.  

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the Master of Science degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to treat students equitably, recognizing the individual differences that distinguish one student from another, to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings, and to draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    • Completed AA Degree, MnTC, BS, BA, or More
    • Meet or Exceed Minimum 2.5 GPA

    School Overview

    Bemidji State University first opened as the Bemidji Normal School in 1919, preparing teachers for employment in Minnesota’s public school system. By 1921, the school expanded into a four-year program. Likewise, as the curriculum expanded, the school transitioned to Bemidji State College in 1957, and by 1975, gained University status.

    Bemidji State University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, along with graduate certificate options. Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate programs of study, and the most popular include fields in education, business, science, technological studies, criminal justice, and psychology. In 1972, BSU created the Center for Extended Learning to provide distance learning programs. Today, the University continues to promote distance learning and students have multiple bachelor’s degree options.

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