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Online Certificate Program: Apply for CEUs

Students pursuing CEUs will earn:

  • a certificate of completion from UMN
  • documentation of clock hours earned for each course

Clock hours are converted to CEUs per state licensing board guidelines.

CEUs do not appear on academic transcripts. CEUs earned in this program cannot be converted to academic credit or applied to advanced degrees at the University of Minnesota.

Costs: Fees and financial aid

The cost for CEUs is approximately $375 per credit.

Federal financial aid is not available for part-time certificates. For information on private education loans, visit One-Stop Student Services.

Through support from the Irving B. Harris Foundation, we offer diversity scholarships for underrepresented students and professionals. See instructions for how to apply under "Scholarship Interest" in the Materials section below.

Application process

If you are applying to the IECMH certificate program to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you will apply via an online application system. All components of the application with the exception of the letters of recommendation should be submitted via this application. Please do not submit any materials by mail.

Deadline: March 16

The deadline for submitting your application and all required materials is March 16. Accepted students will begin the program in the fall semester of 2018. View the University of Minnesota's academic calendar.


All application materials should be submitted directly via the online application. We cannot review your application until all of the materials listed below are submitted successfully.

A complete application file includes:

Required Materials How to Submit
General Application

Access the application here: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate CEU Application.

All fields are required unless otherwise noted.


Upload unofficial transcripts or academic records directly to the online application. Do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

Professional Licenses/Credentials

Please upload copies of any professional licenses/credential you currently hold directly in the online application.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please upload in the online application in the "Program Supplementary Information" section in the Resume or CV upload space.

Statement of Interest

Describe your interest in the infant and early childhood mental health field and explain how the certificate program training may be related to your previous training or experience and to your future career goals. (Limit 500 words)

Upload your statement under “Statement of Interest” in the online application

Statement of Diversity

Briefly describe the range of diversity in the children (0-5) and families you serve and how your work reflects an awareness of cultural differences. Each individual or family represents a unique constellation of experiences and culture. Diversity may encompass age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race class, country of origin, religious or spiritual beliefs, physical characteristics, motor or cognitive abilities, family constellation, or other differences for purposes of this application. (Limit 200 words)

Upload this under "Statement of Diversity" in the online application.

Scholarship Interest (optional)

The Irving B. Harris Foundation is committed to promoting infant and early childhood mental health through professional training and education. Limited scholarship funds are available through the Harris Foundation as part of an effort to recruit students from underrepresented populations. To be considered for a scholarship, please write and upload a brief explanation of why you feel you would qualify.

Upload this statement under "Scholarship Interest" in the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for a complete application. The recommendation includes a standard recommendation form and a personal letter component. It is suggested you solicit recommendations from the following types of people:

  1. College instructor, advisor, or mentor
  2. Employer

Download the recommendation forms to send to your recommenders. They may submit these forms via email to


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Irving B. Harris Foundation Diversity Scholarship

The Irving B. Harris Foundation promotes infant and early childhood mental health through professional training and education. With their support, we offer diversity scholarships for underrepresented students and professionals. To apply for a scholarship, write a brief explanation of why you feel you would qualify and upload as part of your application.

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