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Family Education M.Ed.

Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Family Social Science, 290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612-625-2705; fax: 612-625-4227)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 31
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master's of education (MEd) Plan C in family education develops and strengthens professionals' competencies to work with individuals and families to enhance family life. This graduate-level, practitioner-based program is offered by the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS). The program prepares licensed teachers to further develop their knowledge and skills in the family education field, or non-licensed professionals to work with adults, youth, or children in a variety of settings. This program prepares parent educators for positions in an early childhood family education (ECFE) program in Minnesota, as well as for positions in health care, social service agencies, and religious settings in Minnesota and in other states and countries. Diversity and cultural responsiveness are integrated throughout coursework, student teaching, and observation experiences. Students may fulfill requirements for a parent educator license, parent education certificate, or community and learning certificate as part of this degree. With guidance from faculty advisors, students choose at least 30 semester credits of work that may include courses and independent study.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Prerequisites for Admission
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in family studies, child psychology, early childhood education, nutrition, or related fields. A 2.80 overall GPA in undergraduate work.
Special Application Requirements:
Application deadline is March 1. Apply Online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=UMN-GRAD For program specific application details see http://www.cehd.umn.edu/FSoS/programs/medapply.asp International Students: Please note, this program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the US.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 to 31 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Family education MEd requires 30 credits in consultation with the adviser. Students complete: 15 credits in family education, including FSoS 5902 Family Education Perspectives (3 cr); 5-6 credits in coursework with a focus on educational processes that are not limited to a specific subject matter (family ed courses do not count for this (e.g. FSoS 5949)); 9-10 credits in coursework with a supporting focus on family, children, and/or youth issues; a degree completion interview/examination.
Required Coursework
FSOS 5902 - Family Education Perspectives (3.0 cr)
Recommended Coursework
Recommended courses that fulfill the major area of family education are within the department and include:
FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education (1.0 cr)
or FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5942 - Diverse Family Experiences (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education (2.0 cr)
or FSOS 5944 - Curricular Design in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
Educational Processes
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
or CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators (3.0 cr)
Supporting Focus: Family/Children/Youth
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
or CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
or CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Parent Education Teaching License
A teacher of parent and family education is authorized to instruct parents in an early childhood family education (ECFE) program. 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. In Minnesota, a parent educator license is required for employment in an ECFE program. The purpose of the license is to ensure, through scholarly preparation, that parent educators are well-prepared professionals who are qualified to deliver educational programs for parents. Coursework for the sub plan MEd is organized by teaching license requirements. Application deadlines are sub plan MEd are March 1 and October 1.
MEd Required Course
FSOS 5902 - Family Education Perspectives (3.0 cr)
Parenting Ed Courses
FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education (1.0 cr)
FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5942 - Diverse Family Experiences (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education (2.0 cr)
FSOS 5944 - Curricular Design in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education (2.0 cr)
Child Development, Human Relations, & Fundamentals of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5135 - Human Relations Workshop (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6003 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
M.Ed. Elective Education Processes
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
or CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators (3.0 cr)
 
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FSOS 5902 - Family Education Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Origins, evolution, and critique of alternative perspectives on family education. Implications for educators, programs, and participants. Online course that requires collaborative learning.
FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Philosophy, history, and models of parent education. Ethical, critically reflective professional practice. Observation of parent and family education practice.
FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
In Parent-Child Interaction, we will examine the dynamic, reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions across the lifespan through multidisciplinary and diverse research, theories and practices. Emphasis will be given to the bidirectional impact of parent-child interactions on the parent-child relationship and on parents' and children's development within complex family, community, cultural and other socio-ecological contexts. Students will continue to reflect and grow in their understanding of the professional role and competencies of a parent educator and learning activities will focus on practical application to both personal lives and professional work with families.
FSOS 5942 - Diverse Family Experiences
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is a research-based in-depth look at family experiences from many diverse points of view. Students will examine diverse experiences of families and their relevance to parent education and to the professional development of parent educators. Research and theoretical knowledge are woven together with observation and personal reflection to create a strength-based approach to both families and professional development.
FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Research and theoretical perspectives critiqued. Challenging assumptions, examining competencies that promote facilitating learning with adults. Related to parent development and adult learning.
FSOS 5944 - Curricular Design in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will develop the skills to adapt and design curricular resources and teaching strategies for effective parent education with diverse families across multiple contexts. Students will develop competence in conducting needs assessment, identifying content, discerning teaching methods, and designing lesson plans. As they develop their own philosophy of practice, students will study the history and evolution of parent education in Minnesota and across the U.S. prereq: FSoS 5937 & FSoS 5942 or instr consent
FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will examine adult, adolescent, and parent learning and development from the perspective of their relevance for parent education. Students will select, use, and reflect on group and individual parent education teaching strategies and facilitation processes designed to meet the needs of diverse populations of adult learners. Critical reflection, ethical practices, and other parent educator competencies related to teaching methods and processes will be addressed. Personal professional development will be facilitated through challenging assumptions and examining the knowledge and competencies required for parent educators. prereq: FSoS 5937 & FSoS 5942 or instr consent
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will be introduced to theory, terminology, issues, and approaches in assessment and evaluation. Students will apply this new material to the tasks of monitoring program performance, assessing program quality, and measuring parent learning and development. prereq: 5944 or instr consent
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised parent education practice to meet individual student needs and interests. Online discussion, reflection, and cooperative learning. prereq: Application for student teaching; FSoS 5937, 5942, 5943, 5944, 5945.
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop skills in using technology applications to support teaching and learning. Internet applications, presentation software, Web 2.0 technologies, and Web site development.
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will be introduced to theory, terminology, issues, and approaches in assessment and evaluation. Students will apply this new material to the tasks of monitoring program performance, assessing program quality, and measuring parent learning and development. prereq: 5944 or instr consent
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised parent education practice to meet individual student needs and interests. Online discussion, reflection, and cooperative learning. prereq: Application for student teaching; FSoS 5937, 5942, 5943, 5944, 5945.
CPSY 4302 - Infant Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, emotional, social, and cognitive development during the first two years of life; the developing infant in his or her social and physical environment. prereq: CPSY 2301 or equivalent or instructor consent
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of social relations and personality; research, methodology, and contrasting theoretical perspectives. Survey of findings on interpersonal relationships, the concept of self, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and acquisition of social roles. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 or equiv
FSOS 5902 - Family Education Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Origins, evolution, and critique of alternative perspectives on family education. Implications for educators, programs, and participants. Online course that requires collaborative learning.
FSOS 5932 - Introduction to Parent Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Philosophy, history, and models of parent education. Ethical, critically reflective professional practice. Observation of parent and family education practice.
FSOS 5937 - Parent-Child Interaction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
In Parent-Child Interaction, we will examine the dynamic, reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions across the lifespan through multidisciplinary and diverse research, theories and practices. Emphasis will be given to the bidirectional impact of parent-child interactions on the parent-child relationship and on parents' and children's development within complex family, community, cultural and other socio-ecological contexts. Students will continue to reflect and grow in their understanding of the professional role and competencies of a parent educator and learning activities will focus on practical application to both personal lives and professional work with families.
FSOS 5942 - Diverse Family Experiences
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is a research-based in-depth look at family experiences from many diverse points of view. Students will examine diverse experiences of families and their relevance to parent education and to the professional development of parent educators. Research and theoretical knowledge are woven together with observation and personal reflection to create a strength-based approach to both families and professional development.
FSOS 5943 - Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Research and theoretical perspectives critiqued. Challenging assumptions, examining competencies that promote facilitating learning with adults. Related to parent development and adult learning.
FSOS 5944 - Curricular Design in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will develop the skills to adapt and design curricular resources and teaching strategies for effective parent education with diverse families across multiple contexts. Students will develop competence in conducting needs assessment, identifying content, discerning teaching methods, and designing lesson plans. As they develop their own philosophy of practice, students will study the history and evolution of parent education in Minnesota and across the U.S. prereq: FSoS 5937 & FSoS 5942 or instr consent
FSOS 5945 - Teaching and Learning in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will examine adult, adolescent, and parent learning and development from the perspective of their relevance for parent education. Students will select, use, and reflect on group and individual parent education teaching strategies and facilitation processes designed to meet the needs of diverse populations of adult learners. Critical reflection, ethical practices, and other parent educator competencies related to teaching methods and processes will be addressed. Personal professional development will be facilitated through challenging assumptions and examining the knowledge and competencies required for parent educators. prereq: FSoS 5937 & FSoS 5942 or instr consent
FSOS 5946 - Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will be introduced to theory, terminology, issues, and approaches in assessment and evaluation. Students will apply this new material to the tasks of monitoring program performance, assessing program quality, and measuring parent learning and development. prereq: 5944 or instr consent
FSOS 5949 - Student Teaching in Parent Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised parent education practice to meet individual student needs and interests. Online discussion, reflection, and cooperative learning. prereq: Application for student teaching; FSoS 5937, 5942, 5943, 5944, 5945.
CPSY 4302 - Infant Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, emotional, social, and cognitive development during the first two years of life; the developing infant in his or her social and physical environment. prereq: CPSY 2301 or equivalent or instructor consent
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of social relations and personality; research, methodology, and contrasting theoretical perspectives. Survey of findings on interpersonal relationships, the concept of self, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and acquisition of social roles. prereq: CPSY 2301 / 3301 or equiv
EPSY 5135 - Human Relations Workshop
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Experiential course addressing issues of prejudice and discrimination in terms of history, power, and social perception. Includes knowledge and skills acquisition in cooperative learning, multicultural education, group dynamics, social influence, effective leadership, judgment and decision-making, prejudice reduction, conflict resolution.
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
CI 5351 - Technology Tools for Educators
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop skills in using technology applications to support teaching and learning. Internet applications, presentation software, Web 2.0 technologies, and Web site development.