College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

M.Ed. in Family Education with Parent and Family Education License

A high quality credential that supports parents and families

Family is the basic building block of society—the environment where we first learn about the world, build skills for our earliest explorations, and acquire the beliefs and behaviors that can help or hinder us throughout life.

The Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Family Education with Parent and Family Education License recognizes this vital role and the exciting opportunity it presents to equip parents and caregivers with evidence-based tools and knowledge that will foster stronger, healthier families and children.

Career options

This degree will prepare you to design, deliver, and evaluate family-focused programs for adult learners. The fully online track fulfills requirements for obtaining a license to teach in early childhood family education programs in Minnesota.

Program options

The M.Ed. in Family Education offers:

  • A 30-credit master's program with a Capstone Interview that completes the requirements for licensure. For more information view the program checklist (PDF).

Already have your license or live in an area where a license is not required? Learn more about the M.Ed. in Family Education.

Unsure which program is right for you? Learn more about these options in the Parent and Family Education program manual.

View current departmental course offerings.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for summer/fall admission
  • October 1 for spring admission

Begin your application and learn more about the Department's specific application requirements on the "How to apply" page.

How to

If you have any questions, please e-mail, or call 612-625-2705.

Financing your education

Visit OneStop Student Services: Finances for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.

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


Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. academic institution or foreign equivalent, evidence of strong academic preparation, and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship.
  • Alignment of applicant's professional goals with the Parent and Family Education program's goals to prepare practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for parents and families.
  • Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.

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