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)
- OLPD 5211—Introduction to the Undereducated Adult (1 cr)
OLPD 5212—Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Workplace (1 cr)
OLPD 5213— Introduction to Adult Literacy in the Community (1 cr)
- OLPD 5224—Formal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
OLPD 5225—Informal Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
OLPD 5226—Advanced Assessment of Adult Literacy (1 cr)
- OLPD 5233—Methods of Teaching Beginning Adult Literacy (1 cr)
OLPD 5234—Methods of Teaching Intermediate Adult Literacy (1 cr)
OLPD 5235—Methods of Teaching Advanced Adult Literacy (1 cr)
Adult Education (minimum 3 credits)
- OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
- OLPD 5202—Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3 cr)
Field Experience (minimum 3 credits)
- OLPD 5296—Field Experience in Adult Education (3-6 cr)
Electives (minimum 2 credits)
Other courses may be be taken with program adviser approval.
- CI 5647—Teaching Middle and Secondary Immigrant and Refugee Students With Limited Formal Schooling (3 cr)
- CI 5651—Foundations of Second Languages and Cultures Education (3 cr)
- CI 5656—Teaching Literacy in Second Language Classrooms (3 cr)
- CI 5657—Teaching Speaking and Listening in Second Language Classrooms (3 cr)
- CI 5662—Second Language Curriculum Design (3 cr)
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.
All applicants must submit the following items:
- Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application.
International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English.
Please 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
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- Apply online
- Be sure to save your PIN and password so you can access the application system to view your admission stats.
- When completing “Application Information” you will be asked what type of program you are applying to—choose “Certificate” from the pull down menu. Next you will be asked for your primary program objective—choose “Adult Education-Certificate.”
- Complete Statements #1 & 2. Filling out statement #3 optional. When completing Statement #1, state how the chosen degree and specialization support your professional goals.
- Upload your resume on the "Supplemental Material" page.
- Continue through the application pages following instructions.
- Be sure to hit "submit" after you have completed the application. You will receive a decision notification by email within three weeks of submission of your application.
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:
- Internet-based test: 79-80
- Computer-based test: 213
- Paper-based test: 550
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.
Revised October 5, 2016