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Department of Education and Community Studies

STEM Education

This cutting-edge interdisciplinary major not only prepares you to teach the next generation of innovators, it provides the specialized training necessary to earn your state STEM teaching license.

A result of a unique partnership between the School of Education and Social Policy and the School of Science & Engineering, the STEM Education major is only open to Education majors as a double-major towards licensure in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and/or Moderate Disabilities. STEM stands for 

In the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education program, you will:

  • Gain a foundation for teaching the beauty and logic of the natural world to primary, elementary, and middle school students or students with moderate disabilities
  • Participate in key courses in both the School of Education & Social Policy and the School of Science & Engineering
  • Deepen your understanding of the processes of scientific literacy and learn techniques to inspire your students
  • Make a real difference in developing the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians

Hands-On Learning

Through hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll develop your education philosophy, create a portfolio, and hone your classroom management skills during your pre-practicum and practicum student-teaching. It’s your chance to take what you’ve learned at Merrimack and apply it at one of the primary, elementary, middle or junior high schools in the area.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the STEM program, you’ll be well equipped to teach science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom. Positions may include:

  • Early Childhood (PREK-2) STEM Teacher
  • Elementary School STEM Teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • Moderate Disabilities PREK-8 STEM Teacher
  • STEM program school administrator
  • Tutor in one of the STEM disciplines

What You’ll Take

All STEM double majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the STEM Education, Teacher Education, and licensure requirements. Of the 124 credits required for your degree, you must complete 44 credits of STEM Education courses plus 52 credits of Teacher Education courses in addition to a semester of student teaching.

You must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in your required courses prior to entering your student-teaching semester. To graduate with a degree in STEM EDUCATION and teach in Massachusetts, you must also pass the MTELs.

Courses in the School of Education & Social Policy are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

Required Courses

All STEM Education double majors must take six of the STEM Foundational courses:

BIO 1028 Principles of Biology II

One of the following:  

  • CHM 1110 General Chemistry
  • CHM 1210 Chemistry for Health Professions
One of the following:  
  • MTH 1217 Calculus I
  • MTH 1314 Discrete Mathematics
One of the following:  
  • PHY 2201 General Physics
  • PHY 2211 Physics I
STM 1010 Foundations of STEM
One of the following: Technology or Engineering
STM 4000 STEM Practicum
STM 3000 STEM Capstone 

In addition, all STEM Education double majors must take all of the following Teaching and Education courses:

EDU 2110 Foundations & Principles of Education
EDU 2210                                                    Child & Adolescent Development
(Fulfills a SOSC and X in LS Core)
EDU 3210 Psychology of Learning & Assessment
(Fulfills X in LS Core)
EDU 3310 Teaching Reading & Language Arts
EDU 3340 Teaching Mathematics & Technology
EDU 3360 Teaching Science, Health & Physical Education
EDU 4220 Differentiation & Inclusion  
EDU 4221 Strategies for Group Management
EDU 4320  Teaching Social Studies
EDU 4340  Children’s Literature 
EDU 4500  Language Acquisition & Literacy Curriculum Development 
EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I (and Seminar) 
EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II (and Seminar)
EDU 4582 Sheltered English Instruction
One of the following:
  • EDU 4900 Practicum – Moderate Disabilities Education and Seminar (Fulfills X in LS Core)
  • EDU 4905 Practicum – Early Childhood Education and Seminar
    (Fulfills X in LS Core)

Then, select your STEM Education electives from both schools:

1. Electives: Choose Three

Tailor your academic experience by selecting three electives offered by the following four Science and Engineering departments:

Life Sciences
BIO 1027 Principles of Biology I
BIO 2009 Environmental Science
BIO 1106 Human Biology
HSC 2300 Nutrition, Diet and Health
HSC 3302 Introduction to Public Health
SME 1104                  Introduction to Physical Activity                  
MTH 1111   Basic Statistics
MTH 1112 Adventures in Mathematics
MTH 1217 Calculus I 
MTH 1218 Calculus II
MTH 1314 .   Discrete Mathematics 
 Physical Sciences
AST 1101 Introduction to Astronomy
One of the following:       
  • CHM 1120 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 1220 Chemistry for the Health Professionals II
One of the following:
  • PHY 2202 General Physics II
  • PHY Physics II 
CSC 1510 Introduction to Information Technology
CSC 2210 Introduction to Computational Science
One of the following:                      
  • EEN 1177 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • EEN 1065 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics (for Non-Engineers)
GEN 1001 Introduction to Engineering  

2. Electives: Choose Six

Personalize your experience by choosing Subject Matter Knowledge electives from the following categories:

American Civilization (Choose one)
HIS 1106 U.S. History I (Fulfills H in LS Core)
HIS 1107 U.S. History II (Fulfills H in LS Core)
POL 1100            Politics of the U.S.
(Fulfills SOSC and X in LS Core) 
Literature (Choose one)
ENG 1500 Major British and World Authors
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
ENG 1550 Major American Authors
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
ENG 2050         Introduction to Literary Studies
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
Math (Take both)
MTE 1410  Foundations of Mathematics I
(Fulfills Q in LS Core)
MTH 1412           Foundations of Mathematics II
(Fulfills Q, STEM, and X in LS Core)

Talk to your advisor about your choice of Science electives.

World Civilization (Choose one)
HIS 1119               Euro Experience: Antiquity to Reformation (Fulfills H in LS Core)
HIS 1120 Euro Experience: Early Modern to Present (Fulfills H in LS Core)
POL 1500                                    Comparative Politics
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)   

More Info  

Karla Pingeton
Assistant to the Dean


Isabelle D. Cherney

Dean and Professor