Minecraft: Education Edition

Education Edition


Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. For more information, including resources to get started, visit https://education.minecraft.net.

Get Started with the Essentials

Minecraft: Education Edition features

    • Classroom Mode&nbsp&nbspThis is the companion app for Minecraft: Education Edition that shows:
      • A map view of the Minecraft world
      • A list of all the students in the world
      • The ability for a teacher to teleport students
      • A chat window to communicate with students and grant resources

      Classroom Mode is provided for educators who may want to observe student activity without being in the game.

    • Easy Classroom Collaboration&nbsp&nbspEducators have told us that one of the greatest benefits of Minecraft: Education Edition is the ability for students to collaborate together to build projects and solve problems. An entire classroom of up to 30 students can play in a world together with no separate server setup required. Or, students can work together in pairs or groups simply by joining their classmates’ world.

    • Non-Player Characters&nbsp&nbspEducators may create an NPC (Non-Player Character) to act as a guide for students in the game, giving instruction, providing more information, and also allowing educators to insert an active web link to additional references.

    • Camera + Portfolio&nbsp&nbspThis gives the ability to collect evidence of learning in the game, and being able to demonstrate student progression. The camera and portfolio features allow students to take screenshots of their work and document the development of their projects.

    • Chalkboards&nbsp&nbspCreators can use chalkboards to:
      • Communicate learning goals
      • Provide additional information and give explicit instructions within the game

      Chalkboards come in three different sizes – Slate (1x1), Poster (2x1), and Board (2x3).

    • Simple, Secure Sign-in&nbsp&nbsp Individual student and teacher log-ins with Office 365 Education accounts ensure data privacy & security while playing Minecraft: Education Edition.

    • Tutorial World&nbsp&nbsp For educators or students new to Minecraft, a tutorial world is available that will guide players on in-game navigation, crafting, and placing and breaking blocks.

  • Version 1.0 Features&nbsp&nbspIn January 2017, we updated Minecraft: Education Edition to facilitate game-based learning for educators and administrators, including:
    • Global Pause to take a quick break
    • Accessibility features like text to speech for in-game chat
    • Easier settings announcement experience
    • 256-word height for greater building capabilities
    • Complete gameplay from your first night to The End dimension
    • Igloos and Polar Bears in snowy biomes

Licensing Minecraft: Education Edition

    • Licenses can be purchased directly through the Windows Store for Business at $5/user/year.
    • Licenses can be purchase through the CSP program from 5th July.
    • Licenses can be purchased on Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) volume licensing agreements. There are two licensing constructs on EES: an option to license an entire organization and an option to license part of an organization.

When licensing an entire organization, order the Faculty offering for all employees and the free student offering (2ZA-00001) for all students:
Product Name
MinecraftEdu ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr w/Faculty
MinecraftEdu ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr

When licensing part of an organization, order the Additional Product offering for the desired number of faculty and the Student offering for the desired number of students.
Product Name
MinecraftEdu ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr
Additional Product
MinecraftEdu ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr
Discounts and Bundling

To protect Minecraft as a premium brand, discounts and product bundling are not supported. Minecraft: Education Edition pricing is structured to make the game accessible to all types of customers.

Country Availability

For country availability on EES and CSP, please reference the appropriate price list. As of February 1, 2017, Minecraft: Education Edition is available to purchase via the Windows Store for Business in these countries:

    • Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe.

  • For the latest list of supported countries, please visit this page.


  • For guidance on assigning and managing Minecraft: Education Edition licensees through the Windows Store for Business, please reference this article. We will continue to update deployment guidance as new improvements and resources become available.

Sales and Marketing Assets

  • To request Minecraft: Education Edition sales and marketing assets, please contact your Microsoft account team for more information.


  • We offer several free online training modules here, as well as 60 global Minecraft Mentors here. To request formal professional development for educators or faculty, please contact your Microsoft account team for more information.