Graduate Certificate: Adult Education (AdEd)
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).
Note: The master of education (M.Ed.)/professional studies program in adult education (AdEd) is a separate graduate-level, practitioner-based program. Click here for AdEd M.Ed. details.
The adult education graduate certificate requires a minimum of 14 credits. Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
- OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
- OLPD 5202—Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3 cr)
- OLPD 5296—Field Experience (4 cr required; no more than 6 credits count toward the program)
OR OLPD 5696—Internship: Human Resource Development (4 cr required; no more than 6 credits count toward the program)
- OLPD 5801—Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3 cr)
- Any remaining credits can be selected from adult education coursework OR OLPD 5607— Organization Development (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 of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.
- 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 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 following forms:
- Online Application for Degree form (see instructions)
- AdEd Certificate Program Planning Sheet [Word or PDF]
CEHD Graduate Student Operations clears certificates on a monthly basis. Both 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