Education and Human Development

Newly admitted undergraduate students


In the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), we’re committed to improving lives in all we do, including your life as a new college student. Each year, we welcome an average of only 500 incoming freshmen. Students say our small college feel makes it easier to become part of our community and make meaningful connections with their faculty and peers.

Quote from Drake Pham

I knew that I wanted to come to the U of M to find a way to be able to make a difference in my future. And with CEHD, they've proven that they're ready to support the students no matter what they're trying to accomplish. And it's really felt like home.

Drake Pham Sports management major and leadership minor School of Kinesiology

Follow your passion, find your major

CEHD offers 10 majors centered around our commitment to improving lives and helping others at various stages of life. As a CEHD student you’ll complete work in the classroom as well as in our community and workforces across the Twin Cities.


Early childhood

Become a licensed early childhood education teacher for ages birth to third grade. Earn your teaching license in your fifth graduate year or work in educational settings where a teaching license is not required.

Elementary education

Become an elementary school teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade. This four-year bachelor’s degree will prepare you to earn your teaching license and master’s degree in your fifth year.

Special education

Teach students with mild-moderate disabilities in kindergarten through 12th grade. You'll earn your bachelor's degree and teaching license in four years.

Business education

Business and marketing education

A degree in Business and Marketing Education (BME) prepares you for a variety of careers, from positions in Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial startups, and international organizations, to nonprofit management. You will take courses in sales and marketing to gain a broad set of business skills.

Human resource development

As a Human Resource Development (HRD) major, you will gain the skills you need to offer workplace training and contribute to organizational development in a variety of public and private organizations. You may also choose a supporting program in an area of interest, such as management, communications, or industrial/organizational psychology.

Wellness and health


Study the physical, biological, and social sciences related to the study of physical activity and human movement. You'll gain knowledge and experience related to physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health and lifestyle, and sport.

Sports management

Work with professional, collegiate, or community sports and athletic organizations. Gain knowledge and experience in the many aspects of sport, enabling them to find a career path that will excite and challenge them.

Physical activity and health promotion

Help individuals and families increase physical activity and improve healthy lifestyles to prevent and delay disease. Prepare for careers in health coaching, worksite wellness, physical activity adherence, corporate fitness, and more.

Social sciences

Family social science

Earn your bachelor's degree studying families and interpersonal relationships. This major integrates well with other programs, so you can design a unique path that works for you.

Youth studies

Learn about youth as an idea across time, place and community; about young people as they experience their everyday lives; and about youth work or the various approaches and practices involved in working with young people.

You belong in CEHD

CEHD is proud of the diversity of our student community, and we strive to reflect its values. We're commited to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our teaching, research, and curriculum. We believe not only in educating our students, college, and surrounding communities but also affirming the contributions of all people in our communities.

Our freshman class is:

45% students of color
41% first generation students
72% Minnesotan

From 19 other states and 12 other countries

Expect a great experience from Day One

First year experience

The First Year Experience is a unique curriculum required for first year students that's designed to help you find your community at the U of M and transition from high school into college.

*For freshman students only

Student centered advising

You’ll be assigned an advisor at orientation and will work with them until you graduate. Our advisors understand you have unique, intersecting identities and will work to support you in a holistic way.

Career support

CEHD has a dedicated Career Services team who will work with you to connect you to your future career.

Ready to become a Gopher?

We can't wait to welcome you to campus in the fall. Join Us!