College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

ICD launches new MEd program in Early Care and Education

The Institute of Child Development has launched a new MEd degree program in Early Care and Education. This program was specifically designed for individuals who are seeking a master’s degree in early education, without the requirements of the Minnesota state teaching license. This allows for a flexible learning plan that will support leaders in the field of early childhood education. 

“I am so excited about the opportunities for professional growth and learning available to our future students following this degree path,” says Ann Ruhl Carlson, the faculty advisor for the MEd program. “I am passionate about the critical work being done in the early childhood field, and want to help students design a course of study that allows them to reach their goals.” 

The Early Care and Education program was launched to fill a niche for individuals who may not need or who already hold a state teaching license. This program prepares its graduates for opportunities to support children and families in non-profit community programs, in early childhood policy and advocacy roles, or in leadership roles. The program is also a good fit for international students who are interested in learning about early care and education in the United States, but who do not intend to teach in Minnesota. 

If you are interested in this program for fall 2023, please submit an application by June 1. Applications for fall 2024 will open in September 2023.

To learn more about the MEd in Early Care and Education, click here.