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ABE Adult Basic Education Certificate


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Become an ABE instructor

Every adult should have access to high-quality educational services that are necessary for them to fully participate in their communities and economic lives. As an Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructor, you are critical to providing the instruction that adults need to transition into educational or career opportunities and to thrive in their communities.

ABE instructors are needed more than ever, whether providing GED/high school equivalency, ESL, basic skills improvement, digital literacy, career readiness, or other adult educational programming. Hamline's certificate is the only one of its kind in the region, taught by nationally known leaders in adult learning, literacy, numeracy, and ESL.

What will it take?

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Next Session Starts
August 26, 2024

ABE Certificate program details

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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply and start your Adult Basic Education Certificate at three separate times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term you want to start to ensure your spot.

How to Apply

Fall 2024 term starts
Spring 2025 term starts
Summer 2025 term starts

Adult Basic Education Certificate program format

Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of our entirely online Adult Basic Education Certificate program without losing the benefits of networking with your peers and faculty mentors.

Time to complete your ABE certificate

The typical time to complete the certificate is 12 months, though you can extend that time if you decide to take fewer courses each term.

ABE certificate courses

You’ll finish your certificate in adult basic education in five courses.

  • EDUC 7601: Introduction to Adult Education (4 credits)
  • ESL 7631: Introduction to the Adult ESL Learner: Developing Reading and Writing Skills (2 credits)
  • EDUC 7636: Course Design for Adult Education Classes (2 credits)
  • EDUC 7638: Assessment in Adult Education (2 credits) Elective course (2 credits)
    • Content course or course in teaching math, reading, ESL, or science
    • Co-sponsored courses offered in conjunction with Hamline’s ATLAS program (ABE Teaching and Learning System), such as Adult ESL Institute or STAR programs

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Applying to the ABE certificate program is simple and is only required if this is the first certificate you’ve applied for at Hamline or if you are not enrolled in another Hamline School of Education degree or certificate program.

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Send directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope, and official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University


Apply your certificate toward a master’s degree

Enrolling in a certificate program is a great way to experience what the master's programs at Hamline are like. With the Adult Basic Education Certificate, you’ll earn credits that you can apply toward a Hamline master's degree in education, teaching (initial licensure), or an additional license in adult basic education.

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