• On-Campus Component
  • Cost
    $796.00 per credit (resident); $1,232.00 per credit (nonresident)
  • Total Credits
  • Credential
    Graduate Certificate
  • Application Deadlines
    March 1 for fall; October 1 for spring
  • Campus
    Twin Cities
  • College
    College of Education and Human Development

The Parent Education Certificate teaches students how to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services that address the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social, and physical needs of parents and children. See the Family Social Science program website for more information.

A certificate is most appropriate for students who wish to do parent and family education outside of Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). These settings could include health care, social service agencies and institutions, and faith-based settings.


In Minnesota, a parent educator license is required for employment in ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) programs offered by public school districts. Learn more about the Parent and Family Education Licensure.

Requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.

Required Courses

  • FSOS 5937 – Parent-Child Interaction (3 cr)
  • FSOS 5942 – Diverse Family Experiences (3 cr)
  • FSOS 5944 – Curricular Design in Parent Education (3 cr)
  • FSOS 5945 – Teaching and Learning in Parent Education (3 cr)
  • FSOS 5946 – Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (3 cr)

A Note about Tuition

Whether you will be charged resident or nonresident tuition depends on a combination of factors. Please contact the college you would like to attend for more details.