Minecraft: Education Edition is available for purchase by participants in nationally recognized home-school organizations. Use the following links to learn more about eligibility qualifications: US-based organizations, Canada-based organizations, or European-based organizations. For all other regions, visit the Microsoft Education website. This article will cover the following:
- What you need to know
- Getting Started
- Quick links and other resources
What you need to know
All users of Minecraft: Education Edition will need an Office 365 Education account to play the game. For more information on O365 Education go here.
Determination of eligibility takes place during the process of obtaining Office 365 Education accounts
An eligible home-school program must provide K-12 education to a student or students with written proof that it either belongs to a nationally-recognized home-schooling organization or is expressly recognized by a local school district as an acceptable alternative to an accredited or state-recognized/approved educational institution.
Once you have your free Office 365 Education accounts (which are needed to log in), you can visit our website to get started, purchase and manage licenses, access free educational resources, and enjoy Minecraft: Education Edition with your students.
Are you a homeschool educator that is located outside of the United States and/or does not otherwise fall within the above eligibility path? We are working hard to make the game accessible to all types of users. Microsoft previously announced a Homeschooling Pilot Program for Office 365. Unfortunately, that pilot program is currently full, although you may contact our support team to be added to a list of interested educators to contact in the future (we definitely want your permission).
You can visit https://products.office.com/en-us/academic/office-365-education-home-school for updates, or follow Microsoft Education on Twitter to find out when the program will reopen at https://twitter.com/MicrosoftEDU.
We are committed to making Minecraft: Education Edition as affordable and accessible as possible. Minecraft: Education Edition costs 5 US dollars per user (or local currency pricing). To purchase directly, go here.
Additionally, Minecraft is available on a large number of platforms, including PC/Mac, Xbox, Windows 10, or iOS. Many educators currently use these versions to explore Minecraft for educational purposes. We encourage all educators to explore our resources to quickly ramp up on Minecraft using collateral shared by other educators. You can find these resources in our “Class Resources” section of the website, connect with other educators of similar interests, or chat about your ideas with our community on the forum.
Quick links and other resources
- Purchase Minecraft: Education Edition licenses
- Download and install
- Office 365 for Education Get Started
- Office 365 for Education Homeschool Pilot Program
- Follow MicrosoftEDU twitter for updates
Updated June 5, 2018