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Certificate Program: Apply for Graduate Credit

Students studying for academic credit will earn:

  • a certificate of completion from the University of Minnesota (UMN)
  • 20 academic credits

Academic credits appear on a student's transcript. We also offer an M.A. in applied child and adolescent development with a focus on infant and early childhood mental health. Students studying for academic credit may transfer to the M.A. program, if desired.

Costs: Fees and financial aid

The UMN Board of Regents determines tuition rates each year. Federal financial aid is not available for part-time certificates. For information on student loans, visit One-Stop Student Services.

Through support from the Irving B. Harris Foundation, we offer diversity scholarships for professionals of underrepresented populations.

Application process

If you are applying for the IECMH certificate program for graduate credit, you will apply via the university’s application system. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Please do not submit materials by mail.

Deadline: January 15

The deadline for submitting your application and all required materials is January 15. 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 to the online admissions system. 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 via the ApplyYourself system. Select "Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health – Certificate" from the dropdown menu under "Application Information."

Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 and #2, and Recommendations. (See below for more information about Applicant Statements and Recommendations.)

Optional fields: All other fields are optional, but may be taken into consideration if submitted.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. These are collected via the online application system. Enter the names and contact information for your recommenders in the online application in the "Recommendations" section. 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
Applicant Statement #1 (Personal Statement)

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 Applicant Statements, Applicant Statement #1.

Applicant Statement #2 (Diversity Statement)

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 Applicant Statements, Applicant Statement #2.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

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


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application in the "Educational Background" section. Do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

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 "Graduate Program Additional Application" in the "Program Supplementary Information" section of the online application.

License/Credentials (optional)

Please upload copies of any professional licenses/credential you currently hold. You can upload these in the "Program Supplementary Information" section under the "Other Credentials" area. Use "Upload One" and "Upload Two" if needed.

Application Fee

Pay the application fee in the online application. Click here for more information about fees.


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Why choose the University of Minnesota?

Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development is a premier center of scholarship, teaching and research. Study with award-winning faculty and be a part of a community devoted to understanding and supporting how children learn and grow.