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.
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.
If you do not qualify for the Education Edition:
- Your can purchase the Minecraft Windows 10 edition from the Microsoft store - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/minecraft-for-windows-10-starter-collection/9n4km90ctzt6?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
- Each user will need a unique license for Minecraft. The Windows 10 license does not expire
- The Windows 10 edition can theverage the Code Connection companion app available on the download page to connect the Windows 10 Minecraft version to the MakeCode and other coding programs: https://education.minecraft.net/get-started/download/
- Click on the Minecraft box on the MakeCode page for more information about coding Minecraft with MakeCode - https://www.microsoft.com/makecode