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School of Education & Social Policy

Our vision is to educate for social transformation.

In the School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College we believe that education is a transformative process that changes the world. Our dynamic, rigorous programs prepare students to engage with communities by linking theory, research, and practice. With a focus on ethics and professionalism, we mentor students to be reflective and engaged educators, practitioners, and advocates for the common good. Our students become leaders and agents of change within schools, colleges, community organizations, and criminal justice institutions.

The School of Education & Social Policy is launching a Living Learning Community for the 2017-2018 academic year, Global Leadership in Action.

Global Leadership in Action

The Merrimack Global Leadership in Action Living Learning Community is a program open to first-year residential students in the School of Education and Social Policy (Education, Criminology, Human Development majors). Students will have an opportunity to learn about critical global problems, and will engage in service projects to address these issues in our community. Residents in this living learning community will develop their leadership skills through common course work, group activities and trips, service projects, and experiential learning.



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Meet the faculty in Merrimack’s School of Education & Social Policy


Studying in the School of Education & Social Policy


  • Susan Marine, associate professor and program director of higher education graduate programs, was presented with a 2017 Women’s Leadership Award by Harvard University for her work on behalf of sexual-assault prevention.
  • Forbes Magazine recently published an op-ed piece written by Merrimack College professor Dan Butin, the founding dean of the School of Education & Social Policy. Butin’s op-ed discusses the improving model of digital learning, specifically massive open online courses (MOOCs). The development of MOOCs opens educational opportunities to many would-be students at more affordable prices but the quality of education was suspect until recently when MIT made a break-through innovation.
  • Merrimack College’s new online Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree has exceeded expectations by providing working professionals with a groundbreaking program that is aligned with employers’ needs and Massachusetts teaching standards. This innovative teacher preparation program offers a next-generation online learning experience designed to help teachers master skills that are most valued by school employers. The program launched with its first cohort of students in January 2016.