• Adult Basic Education Certificate

    Help adult learners succeed. 

    Every adult should have access to the quality education services necessary to participate fully in community and economic life. As an Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructor, you are critical to providing the instruction 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.

    With an ABE Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Understand the field of adult education and its essential components: effective communication, numeracy, and literacy.
    • Gain insight into the needs of adults for whom English is not their primary language, along with the implications on instruction.
    • Learn how to design courses to meet a variety of learner backgrounds and needs.
    • Develop authentic assessment tools for academic and workplace settings, including how to assess student progress in adult education programs. 

    Program Overview

    Program delivery: Online
    Program start: Intro classes offered in fall, spring, and summer
    Time to complete: 12 months is typical
    Curriculum: 12 credits (10 required and 2 elective) 
    Course listings: See Graduate Professional Development (Continuing Studies).
    Cost: View current tuition rates

  • Learn More

    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about how you can pursue an Adult Basic Education Certificate.

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  • ABE Licensure Option

    Interested in an ABE license to teach in Minnesota? Learn more about our ABE Licensure program.

    State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.   

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

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    Continuing Studies Courses and Certificates

    Take a continuing studies course or certificate. Courses start throughout the year on campus or online.