Early childhood education MEd (licensure)
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.
Find what drives you – join us!
- Student teach at the Child Development Laboratory School, an on-campus preschool and a living laboratory for early childhood curriculum development.
- As a teacher licensure student at the University of Minnesota, you’ll be part of a program that’s well respected in Minnesota school districts. Our students are highly sought after by Minnesota school principals and superintendents.
- Earn a master’s degree and prepare for potential career advancement opportunities like moving into school or district administration.
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.