Parent Involvement and Education Certificate

The Parent Involvement and Education Certificate is offered for graduate students, counselors, teachers, and other human relations professionals interested in enhancing their understanding of parent involvement and education, developing the skills necessary to work with parents, and planning or refining existing parenting programs. This program allows matriculating students to use their electives to add parenting education as a specialization within their degree programs.

Candidates must be admitted graduate students or hold a master’s degree in a related area. Admitted graduate students must be recommended for the program by their advisor. Other candidates must provide two recommendation letters attesting to their potential as a parent educator. Waivers for prerequisite courses must be obtained from the instructors.

  • Required Courses – 15 credits
  • 3
    Focuses on developing competency in a variety of areas surrounding parenting education including the following: understanding of parental issues and concerns within diverse family systems, understanding the dimensions of parenting from birth to adolescence, family, literacy, and knowledge of multicultural perspectives in parenting. This course addresses U.N. resolutions A/52/13 A Culture of Peace and A/53/243 A Program of Action for a Culture of Peace.
  • 3
    This course involves the planning of a parenting education program. Students will develop a parenting education proposal that will include the curriculum, delivery approaches, site, population and outcomes assessment. The curriculum will be based on research on a variety of parenting education models, incorporating features of these models into their own particular situations (e.g., schools, agencies or hospitals) and their respective populations (e.g., expectant parents or parents of preschoolers, school age children, adolescents or children with learning challenges). This course will be taught as an individual enrollment except when there is sufficient enrollment to offer it as a regular course.
  • 3
    A supervised practicum experience in one of several cooperating institutions or agencies in New Hampshire. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous course work to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week and participation in seminars. Supervision is by the institution or agency concerned, and by Plymouth faculty. Students anticipating more than three hours of credit should confer early in their program with the department chair to free up sufficient blocks of time. Permission of advisor, department chair and Associate Vice President is required.
  • 6
    Human Development or Special Education Courses
  • Total for Parent Involvement and Education Certificate – 15 credits

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