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 for Minecraft: Education Edition takes place during the process of obtaining Office 365 Education accounts. We do not have influence or visibility into the qualifications or process.
You can visit https://products.office.com/en-us/academic/office-365-education-home-school for updates, or follow Microsoft Education on Twitter to learn about any changes regarding eligibility: https://twitter.com/MicrosoftEDU.
Are there alternative options to using Minecraft: Education Edition for learning?
Yes! The Minecraft Windows 10 edition connects to the MakeCode platform, which allows your student to learn coding in Minecraft. Follow these steps to get started:
- You 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.
- Download the free Code Connection companion app available to connect Windows 10 Minecraft to 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