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206 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Graduate Certificate: Adult Literacy


The adult literacy certificate is designed to prepare teachers, administrators, trainers, and counselors in the broad political, social, economic, and theoretical aspects of adult literacy in a global environment. Courses are available in-person and online.


The adult literacy certificate requires a minimum of 14 credits. Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.

Adult Literacy (minimum of 6 credits from modules below)

Adult Education (minimum 3 credits)

Field Experience (minimum 3 credits)

Electives (minimum 2 credits)

Other courses may be be taken with program adviser approval.


Admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students.

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be submitted at any time.

Application Materials

All applicants must submit the following items:

Application Instructions

Nonnative English Speakers and/or International Students

All nonnative English speakers must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Minimum TOEFL score requirements are:

Program Completion

Final certificate clearance depends on completion of all course requirements, including the posting of final grades to the student’s transcript, and approval by program faculty.

In addition to completing all program requirements, students must complete the online Application for Degree form (see instructions).

CEHD Graduate Student Operations clears certificates on a monthly basis. Forms must be submitted on or before the first day of the month that the student intends to graduate. Students who submit forms after the first day of the month will be cleared to graduate at the end of the following month.

Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued.

Program Coordinator

Cathy Twohig
If you have any questions about the adult literacy certificate or to need to schedule an appointment, please email Dr. Twohig at

Revised October 5, 2016


Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be submitted at any time.

Apply online

Application instructions

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