Adult Education (AdEd) Undergraduate Certificate
Applications are due:
April 15 for summer session admission
August 1 for fall semester admission
December 15 for spring semester admission
Who Can Get a Certificate?
- Degree and non-degree seeking students from both within and outside the department are eligible to get a certificate.
- Many students who pursue a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree add to their credential by getting a certificate in adult education or human resource development.
- Some students get both certificates.
What Value Is a Certificate?
- The certificates provide additional recognition of professional expertise, particularly when combined with a degree.
- The certificates are a reflection of a commitment to lifelong learning.
- The certificates add a credential to a variety of professional fields (e.g., family education, community education, career counseling, nursing education, industrial relations).
- The certificates in human resource development and adult education are noted on the official transcript (i.e., they have had the approval of the Regents of the University of Minnesota).
The adult education undergraduate certificate requires a minimum of 14 credits. Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Admission is open to degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students who meet the following criteria:
- Have a minimum 2.00 grade point average (GPA)
Nonnative Speakers of English
A score of 79 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for admission to the minor/certificate.
TOEFL Exemption Policy
Please send an official report of TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency (from one set of exam results). The UMN TOEFL institutional code is 6874.
Freshman applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
- Scored 430 or greater on the SAT critical reading (verbal) section; or
- Scored 18 or higher on the ACT exam on the English and Reading sections.
Additionally, a student may be exempt from the writing subscore requirement if they have:
- Score greater than 470 on the SAT writing; or
- Scored greater than 20 on the ACT writing
Transfer applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
- Successfully completed 26 or more transferable semester credits at a two or four year post-secondary institution in the United States and have completed the full freshman English requirements at that school with a grade of C or better; or
- Successfully completed 60 or more transferable semester credits at a two or four-year postsecondary institution in the United States.
How to Apply
All applicants must submit a completed online application form.
Applications are due by April 15 for summer session admission, August 1 for fall semester admission, and December 15 for spring semester admission.
Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued. You should apply for certificate completion at the same time you apply for your bachelor's degree.
Revised June 29, 2016