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Graduate minor and certificates

Graduate minors

Graduate minor in educational psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology's graduate minor is for Master's and PhD students in another program at the University of Minnesota who are interested in a minor in educational psychology.

The Department of Educational Psychology also offers the minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in psychological foundations of education and quantitative methods in education.

Special education minor for master's students

Complement your master’s degree with the knowledge and skills to improve the way your field supports people with disabilities by earning a graduate minor in special education.

Students wishing to pursue this graduate minor must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Minnesota. Students with an educational psychology major may elect a minor in special education, but no courses may count for both the major and the minor.

Graduate certificates

Online autism spectrum disorder (ASD) certificate

Help young people with ASD and their families

As a student in the ASD certificate program, you’ll receive specialized training in assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. You’ll leave the program equipped with the most effective instructional and behavioral methods for working with individuals with ASD from infancy to age 21. Additional areas of focus include: ethical issues related to treatment delivery, the need for supervision by qualified professionals, and the limits of candidates’ individual skills.

Talent development and gifted education certificate

Help gifted and talented students learn and grow

This program is intended to give teachers, administrators, education professionals, and other individuals with an interest in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and supervise programs in the education of gifted and talented students. This program will prepare you to encourage and develop human talents in areas of academic, artistic and athletic skills (cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills) and other skills.

Learning sciences post baccalaureate certificate

Shape your teaching and research through better understanding of how people learn

As a student in our learning sciences certificate program, you’ll study learning theories, methodologies, designs, and evidence-based practices central to teaching and conducting research that supports the learning process. You’ll take courses in educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, computer science, and broader areas of education and human development. Throughout your coursework, you’ll explore how individuals learn and develop across educational, social, cultural, and technological contexts. This understanding will help you inform effective and equitable educational research, instruction, and policies.

Affiliated certificate

Add a learning analytics graduate certificate

With the rise of “big data,” knowing how to effectively and ethically use educational data to inform research and practice is crucial. The learning analytics graduate certificate will allow you to effectively incorporate analytics into educational practice and research while gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of learning analytics.

This certificate is offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in partnership with our joint Learning Informatics Lab.