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School of Education & Social Policy

Major in Education

Upon acceptance into the education program, all students should choose the particular grade level and licensure area in which they ultimately want to teach.

The School of Education & Social Policy’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 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. 

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

Program Requirements

Students seeking initial licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Moderate Disabilities, must declare the following*:

  1. Major 1 = Content major (for most students this will be “Human Development”)
  2. Major 2 = Education
  3. Concentration 2 = license

Students seeking initial licensure in a middle school education or high school education, must declare*:

  1. Major 1 = Content major (Math, Chemistry, English, etc. See list on the right.)
  2. Major 2 = Education
  3. Concentration 2 = license

*Program tracks will be reviewed with your advisor.

Field-Based Experience

All students have multiple opportunities to gain in-depth observational and practical experience in the classroom that help link theory to practice within a classroom environment designed to fit the student’s area of interest.  Students begin to develop their education philosophy, create a portfolio and establish meaningful professional relationships with their students, cooperating teachers and colleagues.

  • Pre-Practicum I: Students must have completed 50% of their courses and meet with an advisor for approval.
  • Pre-Practicum II: Student must have passed the Communications & Literacy MTEL (Reading and Writing subtests), and meet with an advisor for approval.

The culminating experience for all future teachers is the semester long student-teaching (the practicum).

  • Students should have a 3.0 cumulative average
  • Passed all required MTELs
  • Available for practicum in the spring semester of senior year

MTEL Requirements

Students in the Education program seeking initial license must take and pass all relevant MTEL tests prior to their practicum (student teaching). The School of Education & Social Policy offers preparation workshops to current Merrimack students.  Visit for a list of upcoming workshops.

License (Program Charts)