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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.



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


Studying in the School of Education & Social Policy


  • 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.
  • Four hundred undergraduates filled Lawler Rink and the Blue Line Club to present their semester-long projects at the inaugural Merrimack College Research and Creative Achievement Conference Thursday May 5.

Upcoming Events

March 29, 2017

  • Building Community, Reaching for Justice: Elizabeth Richards
    Ms. Richards is the director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Southern New Hampshire University. Her presentation is “Preparing for a Life of Active Citizenship: An insider’s perspective on the functioning of a college community engagement office”.

April 1, 2017