Program Overview

The Communication Education Graduate Certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students the chance to advance their careers and education in the field of communication education.  Students will gain expertise in the art of effective communication in several different environments and mediums as well as how to effectively teach various communication skills to a wide variety of people.

The program requires 16 credit hours and includes one core course (Communication for Professionals) and several elective courses so students can create their own program of study to fit their own interests and career goals.  Students have a choice of many different classes which include topics on communication pedagogy, teaching online, conflict management, forensics, and interpersonal communication.  There are also several courses offered through the National Forensics League and its relevant areas such as debate, forensics, interpretation, and argumentation.  The NFL is a society dedicated to motivate students in public speaking and values speech communication skills.  If students are curious about NFL courses they are encouraged to contact the department representative, which can be found on the school's website.

Communication is the process where individuals try to convey meaning and understanding amongst each other, and the process of communication often requires extra skills and knowledge in intrapersonal and interpersonal processing, observing, listening, speaking, analyzing, questioning, and evaluating.  Proper use of these processes is vital in all forms of life including home, school, work, community, and other places.  Graduates of this program will have skills to teach these important aspects of communication education and thus have a wide range career opportunities and advancement.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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