Student resources:
M.Ed. / initial licensure in early childhood education

Coursework and program requirements

Transitioning from the B.S. in early childhood program

If you’re transitioning from our B.S. in early childhood program to the M.Ed./initial licensure program, you’ll complete the licensure requirements in two semesters. To complement your undergraduate degree in early childhood, you’ll take six courses in content areas for elementary grades. You’ll also complete a student teaching experience in an elementary classroom and a capstone project. Admission is available for the fall semester only. Learn more about the curriculum and how to apply.

Testing requirements

All teacher candidates must take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations, or MTLEs, as part of applying for a Minnesota teaching license. All candidates for initial licenses must take basic skills tests, and content and pedagogy tests that correspond with their licensure grade-level and area.

Learn more about the MTLE tests and requirements.

Completing the program

Tuition and funding

Langguth Sisters Scholarship

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.

Application instructions

Deadline for Spring 2019: December 7, 2018

To apply, students must submit the following application materials to by the application deadline.

  1. A current resume.
  2. A written statement (two pages or less) addressing how you intend to use your early childhood education degree. In what ways will you use your preparation at the University of Minnesota to impact the lives of children and their families throughout your career? Please include the possible settings and age groups with whom you're particularly interested in working.

Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of the fall semester.

Additional tuition and funding resources


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Meghan Allen Eliason
As an academic advisor in the Institute of Child Development, I meet with our M.Ed. students to discuss program requirements and career goals. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Academic advisor: Meghan Allen Eliason
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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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