School of Education & Social Policy
“Merrimack’s School of Education & Social Policy offers dynamic, responsive and focused programs that prepare you for success in the field. Our faculty have extensive scholarly and PreK-12 experience.” - Dan Butin, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education & Social Policy
The School of Education & Social Policy’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and as such provide education students (candidates) with an approved program which is a requirement for state licensure. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates educator movement between states.
Students are responsible for researching and understanding requirement for licensure in other states, as program or licensure reciprocity recognition is different for each of the 50 states.
Our graduates are teachers and leaders who collaborate, reflect and make an impact. We emphasize:
- Deep learning. Education is transformational. Our classrooms, our courses and our passion are all grounded in the knowledge that learning matters.
- Bringing theory to life. Knowledge and practice must inform each other. We connect books with classrooms and ideas with actions.
- Making a difference. Education can change our classrooms, our schools and our communities. We prepare educators who understand that schools play a key role in a diverse and democratic society.
Online learning is changing higher education and could make the lecture-based class obsolete within five years, according to Dan Butin, dean of Merrimack’s School of Education and Social Policy.
Merrimack College professor Joanne Gurry runs a series of leadership think tanks throughout the school year for educational leaders from the region that is meant to reinvigorate their minds and enthusiasm for their profession.
The Jan. 7 terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo could ultimately play a role in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial in federal court, according to Merrimack associate professor of criminology Thomas Nolan. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense could use the Charlie Hebdo attack in comparison to Tsarnaev, showing how similar or dissimilar he is to the Kouachi brothers in, Nolan said. Media comparisons to the two terrorist attacks could also be used as grounds for an appeal.
September 9, 2015
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: W. David Power
W. David Power, President and CEO of Perkins School for the BlindReal World 101
Creating a world in which people who are blind have the same opportunities as sighted peers won’t happen overnight. Reversing a 75 percent unemployment rate among people who are visually impaired in the U.S. requires bold thinking and a commitment to social change. President and CEO Dave Power explains how Perkins School for the Blind is working hard to prepare young adults for career success – and to open the world’s eyes to the talent waiting to be discovered.
September 12, 2015
Merrimack Valley Special Needs Resource Fair
An opportunity for students, parents and professionals to explore the local resources for the Special Needs community!