College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Parent and Family Education License

Online professional program

The online 25-credit Parent and Family Education License program will prepare you to teach parent and family education in Minnesota's statewide Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and supports respectful, reciprocal interactions between parents and their children. Learn more about the ECFE program in Minnesota.

Many students complete licensure requirements as part of the M.Ed. program with the license sub-plan (30 credits).

Career options

This program will develop your skills to plan, coordinate, and teach in an instructional program that addresses the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social, and physical needs of both parents and children. The Parent and Family Education License is also a high quality credential for those who reside in Minnesota and want to pursue opportunities outside the ECFE setting.

I think a huge strength of this program is the ability to build community among the students. While I have met very few people in person, I feel like I really know many of my peers through our interaction.
Parent and Family Education Student
ECFE was an enormously positive and important part of my own transition into parenthood and I am thankful to be able to provide this same support for other families in my current and future work.

How to apply

Application deadlines:

  • June 1 for fall admission
  • October 1 for spring admission
  • February 1 for summer admission

Begin your application and learn more about the Department's specific application requirements for this program 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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