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Online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health in Education

Transform student well-being through mental health expertise.

As an educator, gaining profound insights into the mental health challenges faced by students can have a profound impact on their learning and overall development. Although this online  certificate program does not lead to licensure, it equips you with the essential tools and knowledge in mental health practices, enabling you to provide crucial support to students dealing with these challenges.

In just one year, you will deepen your understanding of students’ social and emotional struggles and develop expertise in crafting and implementing effective intervention strategies. This newfound knowledge will empower you to advocate for students, sharing your skills and approaches within your school and district. By immersing yourself in the practical applications of mental health principles, you will learn how to be a vocal advocate for students and create positive learning environments conducive to their well-being and success.

At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, our distinguished faculty, enriched with extensive practical experience, will serve as your guides in nurturing essential virtues such as wisdom, patience, zeal, and generosity. These values are deeply rooted in our longstanding Lasallian Catholic tradition and are central to our mission of preparing graduates for ethical lives of service and leadership. Join us in making a lasting impact on students’ lives and fostering a caring and inclusive educational community.

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1 year

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Program Highlights

  • Learn from faculty with real-world experience in the fields of mental health and counseling
  • Increase your awareness of the impact mental health can have on your students
  • Gain insight on your role as a teacher and what to do to support students’ mental health in your classroom
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize mental health needs for students from birth through grade 12
  • Evaluate the educator’s role/capacity to address mental health needs
  • Use appropriate community and mental health resources to support students
  • Collaborate with colleagues and the community to foster students’ needs
  • Apply diverse strategies and resources to promote student well-being

Information Session

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program, the application process, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet program staff, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.


Ready to apply? Learn about taking the next steps.

    • Applicants may apply for admission to a master’s degree program at any time during the year. 
    • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. 

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100.

  • Your application must include the following items:

    • A completed application form
    • 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. 
    • A personal statement that 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.
    • Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
    • A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

    Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    2500 Park Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Or electronically:

    Please reach out with any questions about the application process.

    Phone: (612) 728-5100

    Toll-free: (866) 437-2788


  • Spring 2024: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023

  • Spring 2024 term 2: March 4

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make your education affordable.

Course Catalog

You’ll take courses such as:

  • Creating a Healthy Classroom
  • Engaging the Community
  • Mental Health in our Everyday Lives 

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

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     At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom: 

    Student Central: Your one-stop for student services.

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students. 

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education. 

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid.

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

    Learn more here.

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