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Parent Education Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Family Social Science, 290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St Paul MN 55108 (612-625-2705; fax: 612-625-4227)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 16
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Parent Education PBacc Certificate
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 parent education certificate program is designed to prepare professionals to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services for families with children from early childhood through adolescence. The 16-credit program prepares professionals who are well qualified to deliver programs designed to address the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social, and physical needs of parents and children. In addition to educational settings that may include public-school parent education programs, preschools, child care centers, and Head Start programs, parent educators may also work in health care and social-service agencies and institutions, and faith-based settings. Certificate courses are offered online. Online coursework is designed to meet the needs of local and distance learners in Minnesota, around the country and the world. Students participate in live online chat sessions and weekly reflections with their course instructors. They interview parents, read the latest research, and view presentations by University of Minnesota faculty and noted experts in the field. The capstone course (FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education) allows students to teach and interact with parents in a parent education setting under the supervision of a licensed or highly qualified parent educator approved by core faculty. This individualized student teaching allows each program participant to integrate and apply what they have learned to parent education experiences, preparing them for professional work in the field.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Apply online at For program specific application details see Complete the equivalent of six semester undergraduate or graduate credits in child development courses before entering the parent education certificate program, completed within 10 years of admission to the certificate program. If these credits have not been completed at the time of application, the applicant may be admitted conditionally until they are completed and recorded on a transcript. The following CEHD courses are examples of child development courses that may meet this requirement: CPSY 4302 - Infant Development CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development
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 towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
Note: FSOS 5943 through FSOS 5949 must be taken in the sequence listed. FSOS 5932, FSOS 5937, and FSOS 5942 can be taken in any sequence.
FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education (1.0 cr)
FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5942 - Everyday Experiences of Families (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5944 - Parent Education Curriculum (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
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FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Philosophy, history, and models of parent education. Ethical, critically reflective professional practice. Observation of parent and family education practice.
FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis and critique of parent-child interaction theory/research. Implications for parent-child relationships and parents'/children's development. Application in professional work with families.
FSOS 5942 - Everyday Experiences of Families
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Culture and everyday experiences of diverse families. Relevance to parent education and to professional development of parent educators. Research/theoretical knowledge woven with observation/personal reflection.
FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Research and theoretical perspectives critiqued. Challenging assumptions, examining competencies that promote facilitating learning with adults. Related to parent development and adult learning.
FSOS 5944 - Parent Education Curriculum
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How parent learning and development, child development, and family systems theories influence curriculum approaches and materials in parent education. Student develop construct, critique curriculum on self-selected topics in parent and family education.
FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students select/use parent education teaching strategies/processes to meet needs of various populations of adult learners. Critical reflection, ethical practices, parent educator competencies. prereq: 5943 or instr consent
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory, terminology, issues, and approaches in assessment and evaluation. Application to monitoring parent education program performance, assessing program quality, and measuring parent learning and development. Design of evaluation plan for self-designed curriculum. prereq: 5943, 5944, or instr consent
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised parent education practice to meet individual student needs and interests. Online discussion, reflection, and cooperative learning. prereq: Application for student teaching; FSoS 5937, 5942, 5943, 5944, 5945.