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Parent & Family Education License

The online 27-credit parent and family education license program qualifies professionals to teach parent and family education in Minnesota's statewide Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Program. Learn more about the ECFE Program in Minnesota.

A parent educator plans, coordinates, and teaches in an instructional program that addresses the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social, and physical needs of both parents and children. Parent education seeks to support respectful, reciprocal interactions between parents and their children. The parent and family educator license also serves as a high quality credential for those who reside in Minnesota and wish to work outside the ECFE setting.

Students may include license credits toward the M.Ed. - family education degree, M.A., or Ph.D.



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 Deadlines:
Fall Admission: June 1
Spring Admission: October 1
Summer Admission: February 1

Faculty are not obligated to review incomplete applications.


Apply using the ApplyYourself online admissions system (all supplementary information must also be submitted online).

For more information visit the Graduate School's Admissions page.


The following information is requested specifically by the Department of Family Social Science's parent and family education program.

1. Application Form (PDF)
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application, as Upload #2.
Indicate the degree you are applying for; verify that all required information has been submitted and that your application is complete. Download the form.
2. Transcripts/Academic Records
Upload in Educational Background section of online application.
You must upload unofficial transcripts or academic records for each higher learning institution where you have earned credit, including partial or incomplete transcripts. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of these materials.

Find more information about transcripts and academic records.
3. English language assessment tests (TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS)
Report in Test Information Self-Reported section of online application.
Our program utilizes the operational standards set by the Graduate School for English language proficiency requirements. Visit the Graduate School Admissions' website for more information on minimum standards.
4. Letter of Recommendation
See Recommendations under Important Links on the application site.
One letter of recommendation is required. Ask someone to write a letter of recommendation who can speak to your experience and promise in working with families, parents, and/or children. If possible the letter should also address the likelihood of success in post-baccalaureate study. When you apply, list the name and email of your recommender.
The online application includes a section for you to enter the contact information for your recommender. Please notify the individual you select as your recommender that they will receive an email from the application system with instructions on how to submit their letter.
5. Statement
Upload in Applicant Statements section of online application as Statement #1.
Write a statement (500-1000 words) describing your responses to the following:
  • How do your long-term professional goals fit with the purpose of the family education program? The purpose of the family education program is to prepare practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs in a variety of settings for parents and families.
  • How does your background contribute to your desire to seek professional development in family education?
  • Describe any additional experiences that have prepared you to pursue the parent and family education license in family social science (e.g., experience with online courses, previous graduate level coursework).
6. Resume
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application.
Tailor your resume to highlight your experience and achievements working with parents and families.
7. Optional: Current MN Teaching License
Upload in Department/Program Forms section of online application if you have a current MN teaching license.
8. Optional: Extenuating Circumstances Statement
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application, as Upload #2.
While this is not required, if there is something on your transcript that does not accurately reflect who you are as a student, please write up to 500 words documenting unusual circumstances or hardships you have faced and the ways in which you have responded to them.

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.


Register to take the NES Exam (if you don't currently have a MN teaching license). Email registration verification form to Pam Matti (

You will receive a contract outlining the remaining teacher licensure requirements approximately 4-6 weeks after admission.

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

All courses must be selected with your adviser and submitted to the Parent & Family Education License Checklist (PDF).

Learn more about the parent & family education license 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 about one of our programs in family education, contact us by email:, or phone: 612-625-2705.