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M.Ed. - Family Education (Master's Plan C)

Parent & Family Education License optional sub plan

This entirely online, 30 credit, graduate-level master of education (M.Ed.) in family education is available to students who wish to further their education as practitioners. Students are prepared to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs in a variety of settings providing support and education to parents and families.

Students may also fulfill requirements for a parent education specialty teaching license as part of this degree (required for teaching ECFE programs in Minnesota).

Please Note: This program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the US.

M.Ed. only

  • 30 credits coursework
  • Oral exam

M.Ed. with License

  • 31 credits coursework (includes licensure requirements)
  • Oral exam


View current departmental course offerings.


Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information with no single factor determining an applicant's success or failure.

Admission Criteria

  • Evidence of strong academic preparation and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship in online courses
  • Fit of applicant's professional goals with the family education program's coursework and purpose: to prepare practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs in a variety of settings for parents and families
  • Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity

Application Procedures

Application Deadline:
Summer/Fall Admission: March 1

Faculty are not obligated to review incomplete applications.

Learn more about application procedures and instructions.

After Applying

As your application is reviewed, you can log back into your account to view your current application status. Your admission decision will also display in your online application account.


M.Ed. with License students

  • Register to take the NES Exam.
  • You will receive a contract outlining the remaining teacher licensure requirements approximately 4-6 weeks after admission.

Learn more about the parent & family education license in the Parent & Family Education Program Manual.

All M.Ed. Students

Please submit the enrollment confirmation form, located in your decision letter.

All courses must be selected with your adviser and submitted to the M.Ed. Checklist (PDF) or M.Ed./License Checklist (PDF).

A maximum of 12 graduate semester transfer credits may be applied to the M.Ed. program. Credits may include any combination of the following coursework:

Transfer courses must be completed at the graduate level and approved by a faculty adviser and the college.

Learn more about the family education, in the Parent & Family Education Program Manual.


Visit CEHD's Tuition, Costs, and Aid page for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.

Visit Assistantships, Fellowships, & Other Funding for more information on funding opportunities through CEHD and UMN.

If you have questions contact us:, 612-625-2705