The Institute of Child Development’s early childhood education programs recognize that all children deserve equitable learning experiences so they can achieve their full potential. Our academic programs are rooted in the science of child development, which tells us that high-quality early childhood education occurs in the context of positive relationships among teachers, children, and their families. We are committed to training educators who build strong relationships, embrace diversity, value full inclusion, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit children’s educational opportunities.
Earn a license to teach in early childhood (birth-3rd grade) classrooms in Minnesota. Build a strong foundation in child development theory, research, and developmentally appropriate methods that you can apply in the classroom.
After successfully completing program requirements, you’ll earn your MEd and be recommended for a license to teach in early childhood classrooms (birth-3rd grade) in Minnesota.
This program is for students pursuing their first Minnesota teaching license. There are no prerequisite courses required for admission.
If you're already licensed to teach elementary education in Minnesota, see our additional licensure program for information about how to add an early childhood education license.
Based in developmental theory, our curriculum provides you with the skills needed to meet each child where they are in their educational journey. To prepare you to teach children from birth to 3rd grade, coursework will include classes on early childhood education theory and methods, and elementary education methods.
You’ll complete two student teaching experiences: one in an early childhood classroom and one in a lower elementary classroom (K-3). To earn your MEd, you’ll complete a capstone project on how to improve early childhood education teaching methods. Admission is available for fall and spring sessions.
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A teacher's salary depends on two factors: number of years teaching and level of education. A teacher with a master's degree is able to start at a higher salary. Minnesota teachers tend to make more than the national median wage.
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The University of Minnesota Early Childhood Education Master's Program is setting up their student teachers for success! We've found U of M students have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices that are aligned with standards. U of M students have a deeper understanding of developmental psychology and inquiry-based instruction, and demonstrate a strong understanding of strategies for active engagement.
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Tuition for our MEd program follows the Masters in Education and post-baccalaureate tuition rates for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Full-time enrollment is 6 to 14 credits per semester.
Every year, students in the CEHD’s initial licensure/MEd programs receive more than $600,000 in scholarships. Learn more about financial support for future teachers.
The Langguth Sisters Scholarship is a one-time, one-semester scholarship of $3,500 that is awarded to an MEd in early childhood student for the final term of their program. Applications are accepted each fall semester.
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The Institute of Child Development’s Early Childhood Education programs recognize that all children deserve equitable learning experiences so they can achieve their full potential. Our academic programs are rooted in the science of child development, which tells us that high-quality early childhood education occurs in the context of positive relationships among teachers, children, and their families. We are committed to training educators who build strong relationships, embrace diversity, value full inclusion, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit children’s educational opportunities.
The framework is results-oriented in that methods, field experience, and student teaching courses are grounded in developmentally appropriate practice, a critical component that is threaded throughout the program. Teacher candidates in the Early Childhood Education programs are trained to nurture children’s development via strong relationships, and make instructional decisions based on current research, national standards, and recognized theory. The framework’s research base includes a grounding text, the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. This manual is a distillation of current research related to facilitating the positive development of young children through appropriate interactions and teaching practices. We are also strongly guided by NAEYC’s anti-bias principles, summarized in the organization's statement, Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education.
Teacher candidates in the Early Childhood program have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood educational practices in field placements and two student teaching experiences. The skills teachers need are demonstrated in standards-based course assignments and documented in key assessments that provide evidence of a teaching candidate’s ability to put theoretical knowledge into action for children in the birth through grade 3 age range.
Through the ECE program, I was able to work with a wide range of educators from Infant Specialists to Elementary School Teachers. I learned how to transfer my study in child development into practicable pedagogy.
M.Ed./initial licensure in early childhood education student