Education and Human Development

Undergraduate studies

As an undergraduate student here, you'll begin an inspiring educational journey, grounded in rigorous academics and enriched by real-world experiences. Our programs are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on practice needed to make a meaningful impact. Join a vibrant community of learners and educators dedicated to  innovation, equity, and excellence. Discover your potential and prepare to shape the future with us.

    Undergraduate majors

    We offer a comprehensive set of majors - in business, health, sport, and wellbeing, social science and human services, and education - that prepare you for meaningful careers. Our programs are designed to provide you with a strong foundation in your chosen area of study, combining rigorous academics with practical, hands-on experience.

    Undergraduate minors

    Enhance your undergraduate experience at the College of Education and Human Development by exploring our diverse range of minors. These programs are designed to complement your major, allowing you to broaden your knowledge, gain specialized skills, and pursue your passions. Whether you're interested in leadership, public health, family studies, or another area, a minor can enrich your academic journey and expand your career opportunities. 

    Undergraduate certificates

    Expand your expertise and enhance your career prospects with the specialized certificates offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Our certificate programs are designed to provide focused, practical training in specific areas of interest, complementing your major or professional experience. Whether you're looking to develop new skills, gain a competitive edge, or explore a new field, our certificates offer flexible, targeted learning opportunities. Join us to advance your knowledge and achieve your professional goals.

    Educate the next generation—become a teacher

    Our teacher education programs prepare you to be an expert in your field and an effective teacher. The program length varies depending on the subject area you are interested in teaching. Find more information on the benefits of teacher preparation at the U of M.

    Early childhood

    Prepare to become a licensed teacher for ages birth to 3rd grade, or work in educational settings like early learning centers or organizations where a teaching license is not required.

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    Elementary education foundations

    Prepare to become a licensed elementary education teacher or work in educational and social service organizations that support children and families.

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    Special education

    Prepare to become a licensed teacher of students with disabilities in grade K through age 21. Earn your bachelor's degree and teaching license in four years.

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    Secondary and specialty teaching licenses (grades K-12 and 5-12)

    If you are interested in teaching middle or high school students in subjects like math and science, or in specialty areas such as English as a Second Language or arts education, first choose a major that supports the subject you want to teach. Once you’ve obtained your bachelor’s degree, you may apply to one our combined master’s/teaching licensure programs.

    DirecTrack to Teaching is a pre-teaching program for current U of M students interested in teaching secondary or K-12 subjects and keeps you on track for the combined master’s/teaching licensure program.

    Quote from Linh Do, '20

    The elementary education major offers an incredible curriculum focused on celebrating culture and diversity. Not only that, but it is equipping me with the tools to disrupt the structures and prejudices in place that hurt students the most.

    Linh Do, '20 Elementary Education Foundations

    Did you know |

    100% of CEHD students complete an internship, teaching practicum or experiential coursework.