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 Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. academic institution or foreign equivalent with a 2.80 or higher GPA.

Application Procedures

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


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 this material.

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. Educational Goals Statement
Upload in Applicant Statements section of online application.
One page describing professional qualifications, interest in the field of parent and family education, and how applicants expect to apply knowledge gained through the program to their professional work.
5. Diversity Statement
Upload in Applicant Statements section; required information is described in the online application.
6. Resume
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application.
7. Optional: Current MN Teaching License
Upload in Department/Program Forms section of online application if you have a current MN teaching license.

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 MTLE 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: 612-624-1294.