Application checklist:
MEd in early childhood education


Two groups of students typically apply to our program. Follow the timeline that’s right for you.

Students transitioning from the BS + MEd program

Applications are open for the fall semester only.

  • December 15: Deadline to apply for fall admission

All other applicants

You don't need to complete any particular courses to apply to this program. Once admitted, you make take prerequisite courses listed in the catalog.

Applications are open year-round.

  • December 15: Priority deadline for fall applications to be considered for financial assistance
  • February 15: Final deadline for fall applications
  • September 15: Deadline for spring applications


We’re here to help. Contact our student services team.

Megan Troje
As the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Institute of Child Development, it is my role to help align your academic and career goals. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

Graduate Program Coordinator: Megan Troje
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Ann Ruhl Carlson
I’m passionate about the field of early childhood and love to work with college students to help them choose a career path. If you have questions about test scores, or licensure or admission requirements, please contact me.

Faculty advisor: Ann Ruhl Carlson
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Application materials and steps

Submit all materials through the University’s online application system. Please don't submit materials via mail. We cannot review your application until you've submitted all the materials listed below.

Before you begin

Before you begin the online application, gather the following materials:

  • Unofficial transcripts: There are no prerequisite courses required to apply to this program. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum GPA of 2.80. International students must submit an English translation of their transcript.
  • Test scores: You don't have to take any tests to apply to this program (except TOEFL scores for international students). We do not require the GRE. We also do not require any state licensing exams prior to admission (known as MTLEs in Minnesota).
  • Personal statement: Tell us about what factors have drawn you to teaching. (You might include personal, social, or professional inspirations.) What experiences with children have influenced or informed your process? Reflecting on this, how do you anticipate this program will help you grow as a professional educator? Your essay should be no longer than five pages (12-point font, double-spaced). Include your name on the top of each page.
  • Resume or CV: In your resume, highlight your work with children, classroom experience, diversity experience, and other experiences relevant to teaching young children.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Identify and get contact information for two people who will serve as your recommenders. Recommenders should be individuals (e.g., administrators, colleagues, or instructors) who can speak to your experience working with children/youth or your commitment to educational equity.
  • Application Fee: $75 ($95 for international applicants). Must be paid online with credit card.

Optional materials

  • Diversity statement: If you wish to be considered for the Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship, please write a diversity statement on how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. Learn more about the Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship.

Information for international students

  • English language test scores: For students whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The only exception is for non-native English speakers who completed the entirety of their undergraduate degree (four years) in an English-speaking country within the last five years. Enter your self-reported TOEFL scores in the online application and send official electronic TOEFL scores to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874). View the U of M’s TOEFL score guidelines and expectations.
  • Coursework completed outside of the United States: A professional credential center must perform a “course-by-course” evaluation of your transcripts. A suggested provider of this service is Educational Credential Evaluators. However, you can use any provider that’s an accredited member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You don’t need to submit your transcript evaluation when you apply.

Steps to complete online application

Begin or resume the online application. Be sure to save your PIN number and password so you can work on the application over time. Once you submit your application, you cannot make changes.

Complete the following sections of the online application:

  • Program selection: Choose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus from the drop-down menu. Next, choose "Education and Human Development" from the college/school drop-down menu. Then, select "Early Childhood Education-MEd and Initial Licensure" from the program name drop-down menu.
  • Term selection: Select your proposed term of entry from the drop-down menu.
  • Biographical information: Complete the biographical information section.
  • Personal background: Complete the personal background section.
  • Academic history: If you're a UMN-TC student or graduate, you don't need to resubmit transcripts you've already submitted to the University. For example, if your U of M transcript shows that you transferred credits as an undergraduate, then we don't require you to submit the other transcripts as part of the MEd application process. However, if you have transfer coursework that was not previously submitted to the University, and/or you continued their education post-undergrad, then we DO require these non-U of M transcripts.
  • Test scores: No tests are required for you to apply to the program (except TOEFL scores for international students). We don't require the GRE. If you're an international student, please enter your self-reported TOEFL scores in this section. Submit an official score report from TOEFL to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874). View the U of M’s TOEFL score guidelines and expectations.
  • Employment section: Leave this section blank. You'll be asked to upload a resume/CV later in the application.
  • Materials: This is where you'll upload all of the supporting materials for your application.
    • Personal statement (required for all students)
    • Diversity statement (optional)
    • Extenuating circumstances: If you'd like to provide an explanation of circumstances that contributed to your test scores or GPA, please do so (optional).
    • Other materials:
      • Resume/CV: Upload your resume/CV (required for all students).
      • All other materials not required.
  • Recommendations: Enter name and contact information for your recommenders. They'll be notified by the system with instructions for submitting their materials online. The recommendation includes a standard recommendation form and a personal letter.
  • Submit your application: Complete the signature and review sections. Pay the application fee: $75 ($95 for international applicants). Must be paid online with a credit card.

Your admissions decision will be emailed to you once your application has been reviewed, and all transcripts and credentials are authenticated by the Graduate School. Applicants are typically notified of admissions decisions four to six weeks after the application deadline for their selected term of entry. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed.