College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Parent education certificate

The online parent education certificate program will prepare you for a career in health care, social service agencies and institutions, and faith-based organizations as well as public school parent education programs, preschools, childcare centers, and Head Start programs outside of Minnesota or outside of the Minnesota Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) program.

The Certificate program DOES NOT meet eligibility requirements for working in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program.

This certificate supported my goals to be able to have a deeper understanding of the ECFE program I supervise as well as improve my relationships with parents in the variety of programs in my building.
~ Parent and family education student

Program options

The parent education certificate requires a total of 15-18 credits. Students choose an individual program or combine programs depending on their professional goals and the requirements of the positions they seek.

The Parent and Family Education Program Manual’s course planning tab has additional information or review the program checklist [PDF].

Application deadlines

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • October 1 for spring admission

Begin your application

Learn about the requirements and deadlines.

If you have any questions, please e-mail, or call 612-625-3116.

Financing your education

Visit OneStop Student Services: Finances for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.


Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) 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.

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More information

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.

The Parent and Family Education Program Manual holds important information about licensure, online coursework, tuition and financial aid, and more.