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Professional Development Certificate


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

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Application Instructions


The certificate in professional development is designed to prepare leaders in designing, implementing, and evaluating learning opportunities for preK-12 educators and related staff.

This 12- to 15-credit graduate-level program offers professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and others involved in school improvement initiatives. Throughout the program, students are required to reflect on their learning, make explicit connections between theory and practice, and design staff development processes and materials for use in their own work contexts.

Through the program, participants will:


Required coursework (10 credits)

Students must complete 10 credits of coursework:

Additional elective coursework (2-5 credits)

With certificate program faculty approval, students choose and complete 2-5 credits of coursework focusing on a topic that interests them. Students can complete this requirement in one of two ways:

Independently designed study or project: OLPD 5095

OLPD 5095—Problems: Educational Policy and Administration (1-3 cr). Students submit a proposal for an independently designed study or project to the certificate coordinator for approval by submitting the Proposal for Independent Study or Project as Elective Option [PDF].

Examples of independently designed studies or projects include:

Focused elective coursework

In consultation with the certificate coordinator, students can choose elective coursework that aligns with individual interests and best practices in the staff development field. Students may choose from the wide range of offerings at the University of Minnesota, including coursework with the following course designators:

The certificate coordinator must approve elective coursework. Courses taken before formal admission into the program may be accepted as program credits at a later date. Relevant graduate coursework from other graduate institutions may be approved to fulfill the elective requirement after review of relevant course syllabi. However, all coursework must have been taken within seven years from the date of program completion.


Admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students who meet the following criteria:

Please note: This program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the United States.

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.

Certificate Coordinator

Gary Prest
Certificate Coordinator

Revised October 29, 2015