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 methodology that you can apply in the classroom.
After successfully completing program requirements, you’ll earn your M.Ed. 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 already have a license to teach elementary education in Minnesota, see our additional licensure program for information about how to add an early childhood education license.
Our curriculum is based in developmental theory, so you’ll have 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 M.Ed., you’ll complete a capstone project on how to improve early childhood education teaching methods. Admission is available for fall, spring, and summer sessions.
A teacher's salary is determined by 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 M.Ed. program follows the University’s general graduate tuition rates for the College of Education and Human Development. Full-time enrollment is 6 to 14 credits per semester.
Every year, students in the College of Education and Human Development’s initial licensure/M.Ed. 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 M.Ed. in early childhood student for the final term of their program. Applications are accepted each fall semester. Learn more
It's very important that children of color have teachers of color that are teaching them. It's important for children to have those teachers and say, 'I can do that as well.'
M.Ed./initial licensure in early childhood education student