The School of Education & Social Policy offers multiple Teacher Education Programs (TEP) that have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates educator movement between states.
Students are able to receive reciprocal teaching licenses in more than 45 states. Please refer to the DESE’s website and each state’s requirements for exact terms of reciprocity. Learn more about the Education Fellowship program, which offers a full-tuition fellowship.
Master of Education, with initial licenses in:
- Early Childhood Education (PreK-2)
- Elementary Education (1-6)
- Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
- English as a Second Language (PreK-6)
Middle School Education (5-8)
- Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, General Science, History, Math, Humanities, Math/Science, Physics
High School Education (8-12)
- Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History, Math, Physics
Merrimack offers online Teacher Education programs for students who wish to learn at their own pace. Earn your M.Ed. and Initial License, your add-on license, your Master’s Plus and more through our online competency-based programs. Progress through your studies according to your schedule with as much or as little support as you need. Choose from four concentrations:
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (non-licensure master’s degree)
- M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) – includes Sheltered English Instruction
- M.Ed. in English as a Second Language (Pre-K-6)
- M.Ed. in Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8) – includes Sheltered English Instruction
- Add-On License Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8)
Merrimack’s Online Master of Education program has been ranked among the best in the country for online or hybrid programs designed to lead to initial teacher certification. This groundbreaking program offers you a next-generation online learning experience and prepares you for success with skills valuable to school employers – so you can inspire the next generation.
- Middle and High School Education: Verification of subject-matter requirements for initial license in the content area.
- Education: K-12 Teacher Education program: Official scores from the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) It is strongly recommended that applicants have passed at least the Communications and Literacy Skills (01) test.
Education: K-12 Teacher Education program: A copy of current teaching license(s), if applicable. A current teaching license is not required for admission into a licensure graduate program. However, if you do hold a current teaching license, we encourage you to include a copy with your application materials.