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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Communication Education - Graduate Certificate

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Designed for individuals interested in teaching at technical and community colleges. Minnesota and many other states have a standard requirement that community and technical college faculty must hold a master’s degree and a minimum of 16 credit hours in-discipline. This graduate certificate provides a means for anyone who holds a master’s in another discipline but also wishes to teach in speech communication/communication studies.

18-credit online program
Common Core
CMST 633  Communication for Professionals (3)

Restricted Electives Teaching Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s).
If a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605, only 9 credits are required in the Theory & Practice Category.

CMST 602  Communication Pedagogy (3)
CMST 605  Teaching Communication Studies Online (3)

Theory & Practice Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s).
12 credits are required unless a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605 in the Teaching category.

CMST 515  Topics in Rhetoric and Culture (1-3)
CMST 535  Forensics Pedagogy (3)
CMST 545  Conflict Management (3)
CMST 550  NFL-Pedagogy (1-3)
CMST 551  NFL-Introduction to Debate (1-3)
CMST 552  NFL-Advanced Debate (1-3)
CMST 553  NFL-Basics in Forensics (1-3)
CMST 554  NFL-Introduction to Interpretation (1-3)
CMST 555  NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice I (1-3)
CMST 556  NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice II (1-3)
CMST 557  NFL-Forensics Theory and Practice III (1-3)
CMST 620  Modern Rhetorical Criticism (3)
CMST 621  Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

Gainful Employment Program Information
The program is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information follow these links: