Community Education Director (Graduate Certificate, Licensure)

The Community Education Director graduate certificate is a 24-credit program that will prepare candidates for employment in public school community education, community recreation, youth and family education, an area education agency or a regional or state agency. Coursework is competency based to meet Minnesota State requirements in licensure and includes topics in administrative leadership, school law and finance, and school/community relations, etc. This program also requires a 320-hour field experience under a licensed Minnesota Community Education Director.

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) oversees and ensures the quality of school administrator preparation in the state of Minnesota.  The College of Education and Learning Design has four educational administration programs approved by BOSA:

  • Principal K-12;
  • Superintendent;
  • Director of Special Education; and
  • Director of Community Education

Program Highlights

  • Courses offered through a blend of online and face-to-face hybrid formats
  • Fall, spring and summer courses to accommodate working professionals
  • Degree completion in one year: 24 credit program 
  • Practitioner-focused curriculum

Program Distinctions

  • Meets Minnesota Department of Education professional preparation requirements for community education licensure.
  • Accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators.
  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Graduate Director

Dr. Amy Christensen

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Public community education
  • Education agency
  • State agency
  • Community recreation
  • Youth and family education

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Priority) Aug. 15 (Final) June 15 July 15 (Priority) Aug. 15 (Final)
Spring Nov. 15 (Priority) Jan. 1 (Final) October 15 Nov. 15 (Priority) Jan. 1 (Final)
Summer May 1 (Priority) June 1 (Final) February 15 May 1 (Priority) June 1 (Final)

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