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Community Education Certificate

Course Offerings


Students seeking to attain a license as Director of Community Education must complete 24 core credits and meet the requirements as established by the State of Minnesota in rule 3512. Most courses will be held on the SCSU campus but a few may be offered at the SCSU Twin Cities Maple Grove site. The classes listed below are required for the Director of Community Education License at St. Cloud State University:

Online courses:

  • EDAD 502. Overview of Community Education, 3 credits
  • EDAD 509. Situational Leadership, 3 credits

Campus courses:

  • EDAD 601. Introduction to EDAD, 1 credit   Usually offered at the Maple Grove site in fall
  • EDAD 620. Introduction to School Law, 3 credits usually offered fall
  • EDAD 630. Introduction to Personnel Administration, 3 credits usually offered in spring
  • EDAD 640. Introduction to School Finance, 3 credits usually offered at the Maple Grove site fall or summer
  • EDAD 650. Introduction to School/Community Relations, 3 credits usually offered in fall or summer

Campus classes are scheduled for student convenience.  Some meet once a week for a semester in either fall or spring; some are scheduled on weekends meeting Friday evening and all day Saturday in either fall or spring for three weekends per 3 credit course; others may be offered in the summer in a four day block per course, M-TH.

Field Experience:

  • EDAD 507. Community Education Internship, 4 credits
  • EDAD 611. Portfolio Review, 1 credit

The EDAD 507 and EDAD 611 allow an arranged field experience supervised by a Licensed Community Education Director and a University instructor. The two field experience courses are offered once a year in the spring. A Field Experience handbook will be provided to the student at a one hour orientation which details how to manage the 320 hours of logged time, the state competencies for the license, and the components for a final portfolio.

(Note: the EDAD 507 Field Experience: Community Education course is taken only with permission from the student's advisor and with consideration that the student has completed at least 9 credits of core courses prior to enrolling in the field experience. With advisor approval, students may transfer up to 10 credits from another regionally accredited institution. the Field Experience may not be a transfer course. )

Length of program -- Measured by semesters

  • Part-time student: four to five semesters taking six credits per semester
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester
  • During the academic school year courses are schedule on weekends and evenings. Summer coursess are scheduled in two week blocks.

For information about courses, please visit the Graduate Bulletin or the Course Descriptions.


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