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Community and Learning Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 125 Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-2545; fax: 612-624-8277)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2015. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Community and Learning Postbaccalaureate Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The community and learning certificate is designed to prepare individuals who work in community-based organizations and programs for the informal educational responsibilities that often accompany their roles. This 15-credit certificate program prepares students to foster learning outside of the classroom and in their communities. Students will develop informal teaching and learning skills based on engagement and collaboration, and building trust and respect among participants. The program is designed for individuals involved in community life. Examples include public health worker, youth worker, youth program leader, youth program evaluator, community program developer, community activist, community organizer, community educator, community program evaluator, environmental educator, civic engagement educator, political organizer, and teacher. Certificate goals include providing students with: - broad understanding of the history of democratic educational traditions and practices in community settings; - greater knowledge of and experience with the pedagogy of teaching and learning in informal learning and everyday life situations; and - leadership abilities that support individual and group learning, civic engagement, and empowerment. The program is offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). The certificate can also provide a portal to additional study, since courses may be applied toward a graduate-level program.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Special Application Requirements:
This program is not recommended for international students because required courses and electives may not be offered frequently enough to meet visa requirements for courses taken each semester, unless the student is also enrolled in another degree-granting program and is completing this certificate in conjunction with it.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Note: Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Required Courses
The certificate requires students to complete 15 credits from the following courses. Students must complete required courses totaling 6 credits:
YOST 5972 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
YOST 5974 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
Elective Credits
In addition, students must complete at least 9 credits from the following courses (and may not include more than one 4xxx course). Note: Students seeking graduate credit for PHIL 4324, PHIL 4325, or PHIL 4326 must also register concurrently for PHIL 8300. To enroll in SW 8505 - Advanced Community Organization and Advocacy, students must be doctoral students in social work, or receive the approval of their adviser and the course instructor.
YOST 5952 - Everyday Lives of Youth (3.0 cr)
YOST 5954 - Experiential Learning: Pedagogy for Community and Classroom (3.0 cr)
YOST 5958 - Community: Context for Youth Development Leadership (3.0 cr)
PHIL 4324 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
PHIL 4325 {Inactive} [AH, CIV] (4.0 cr)
PHIL 4326 - Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community [CIV, AH] (4.0 cr)
PHIL 8300 - Workshop in Moral and Political Philosophy (1.0 cr)
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs (3.0 cr)
SW 8505 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
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YOST 5952 - Everyday Lives of Youth
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Youth as idea/lived-reality in scholarship, public discourse, and professional practice. Building practice of work with or on behalf of youth.
YOST 5954 - Experiential Learning: Pedagogy for Community and Classroom
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Relationship between experience and learning in community and school settings. Emphasizes intentional application of experiential learning theory/practice to educational program development.
YOST 5958 - Community: Context for Youth Development Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues/policies in family, school, and community that drive the professional practice of community-based youth work. Practical projects explore what it means to be local, to build social capital for youth, and to involve youth in community change.
PHIL 4326 - Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (CIV, AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phil 4326/5326
Typically offered: Every Summer
Immersion experience. Students live together as a residential community of learners. Works of philosophy, history, and literature form backdrop for exploring such questions as "How is identity constructed?," "What is vocation?," and "What experiences of community are desirable in a life?" Each student creates a life-hypothesis for a life worth living. prereq: instr consent
PHIL 8300 - Workshop in Moral and Political Philosophy
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary by offering. prereq: [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 4xxx moral phil or 4xxx pol phil] instr consent
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Stages of policy making from agenda setting to implementation. Role and behavior of political institutions, citizens, social movements, and interest groups. Concepts of political philosophy. Theories of state. Team taught, interdisciplinary course. Small discussion sections.