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    1 Year

Program Overview

Do you seek to meet your students where they are and better serve their unique needs? Teaching today requires an awareness and understanding of mental health issues as their prevalence grows in schools, the community, and at home.

Developing an awareness of mental health needs and issues 

The mental health in education certificate equips you to be better aware and able to address the social and emotional health of your students. You will become well-versed in developing instructional strategies that respond appropriately to student mental health needs. You will be strongly encouraged to further advocate for your students by sharing skills and knowledge with your own schools and districts.  

Over five courses, you will reflect on your conceptualization of mental health, understand the needs of students from birth through grade 12, identify how and when to access additional resources, and improve the overall well-being of the classroom and school environment.  

A pathway to more 

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. The mental health in education certificate is that first step and a pathway to more. For those considering a masters degree, this certificate can be applied to the Master of Arts in Education program at Saint Marys:   

Program outcomes 

  • Recognize mental health needs for students from birthday through grade 12. 
  • Evaluate the educator's role and capacity to address mental health needs.
  • Use appropriate community and mental health resources to support students, families, instruction, and classroom management.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and the community to foster students' educational, social, and emotional needs.
  • Apply diverse strategies and resources at the classroom and school levels to promote community and student well-being.

Course Information

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel)
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards). Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following: • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and • description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)
  7. Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Office of Admission 2500 Park Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $500

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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