Parent Education Certificate
Online professional program
The 16-credit online Parent Education Certificate program will prepare you to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs in a variety of settings for parents and families.
You will be prepared to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs as well as provide services to families with children from early childhood through adolescence.
In Minnesota, a parent educator license is required for employment in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs offered by public school districts. Learn more about the Parent and Family Education Licensure program.
Parent educators with this credential can also choose to pursue careers in health care, social service agencies and institutions, and faith-based settings in addition to educational settings such as public school parent education programs, preschools, child care centers, and Head Start programs.
Master's degree students who reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the knowledge they gained in their program.
Master's degree students who said their analytical and critical thinking skills had developed to a large or very large extent.
- Learn more in the online Parent and Family Education program manual.
- View the program checklist (PDF).
How to apply
- March 1 for summer and fall admission
- October 1 for spring admission
The Department of Family Social Science has specific application requirements.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 612-625-2705.
Financing your education
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Admission to the Department of Family Social Science is based on a review of multiple sources of information:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. academic institution or foreign equivalent, evidence of strong academic preparation, and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship.
- Alignment of applicant's professional goals with the Parent and Family Education program's goals to prepare practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for parents and families.
- Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.