Child and Family Studies (Graduate Certificates and Licensure Coursework)

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: CFS

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Child and Family Studies

Graduate Director:
Dr. Jane Minnema

Graduate Certificate and Licensure Coursework Offerings

  • Child and Family Studies, Graduate Certificate
  • Early Childhood Special Education: Licensure coursework, Graduate Certificate
  • Parent Education: Licensure coursework, Graduate Certificate

Admission Information

Entrance decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. A student may start the program in fall, spring, and summer terms.

Length of Coursework — Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • The graduate certificate or licensure coursework tracks are designed for both full-time and part-time students.
  • In the summer most courses are offered in the evening with a limited offering of weekend classes.
  • Summer session offerings generally include courses applicable to teaching licensure and professional development.
  • During the academic school year courses are scheduled on weekends and evenings. 


  • After entrance to the graduate certificate or licensure coursework is granted, the department will review your previous course work and experience to determine which licensure requirements you may already have met.
  • When the departmental review is complete, you will complete a licensure plan of study.
  • Courses are available that lead to eligibility for licensure in early childhood special education and parent education.
  • It is possible to combine course work and to receive more than one license.
  • It is the students’ responsibility to consult with the child and family studies department and state licensing agencies for current licensing requirements.
  • The GRE is not required for graduate admission consideration to the graduate certificate program or licensure coursework.
  • A minimum of 30 credits is required, about one-third of which must be taken at the graduate level.
  • The minimum grade point average required for successful completion is 2.75.
  • Upon formal admission, the student is assigned an advisor. The advisor assists in planning a program that has clear relevance to professional goals of the student. 

Should I be a licensure or graduate certificate student?

  • By seeking admission to a graduate certificate program a student can apply for financial aid (subsidized loans) through the FASFA form, enjoy priority registration dates and earn a graduate certificate that is transcribed on the SCSU transcript.
  • Licensure-only students will complete the same coursework as students admitted to a graduate certificate program.
  • However licensure-only students are NOT admitted to SCSU, are NOT eligible for financial aid and do NOT earn a graduate certificate. Coursework is transcribed on the SCSU transcript but a graduate certificate is NOT awarded.
  • SCSU highly encourages all students to seek admission for the graduate certificate program. You will be eligible for a pre-admission advising meeting and will receive regular communication from the School of Graduate Studies and other University service units and be eligible for the full benefits of being an admitted SCSU student. 


  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Minnesota Board of Teaching  

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.