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Department of Education and Community Studies

Elementary Education

As an education major concentrating in Elementary Education (1-6), you’ll gain the expertise, skills, and confidence to teach elementary school students.

Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), our programs provide you with the training required to earn your state teaching license in early childhood education. Bonus? Through hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll develop your education philosophy, create a portfolio, and hone your classroom management skills.

In the Elementary Education program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of how young students develop and learn
  • Gain practical experience teaching the all-important foundation topics of reading, math, and science
  • Build your expertise by choosing from a wide variety of electives including psychology, Diversity, Social Justice, & Ethics, and Counseling & Guidance

Hands-On Learning

You’ll gain invaluable classroom experience during your pre-practicum and practicum student-teaching. It’s your chance to take what you’ve learned at Merrimack and apply it at one of the many schools in the area.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the education program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in education. Positions may include:

  • General Studies teacher in grades 1-6
  • Guidance counselor
  • Reading, math or science tutor
  • School administrator

What You’ll Take

All Education majors concentrating in Elementary Education (1-6) take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy Human Development, Teacher Education, and Subject Matter Knowledge requirements. Of the 124 credits required for your degree, you must complete 24 credits of Human Development courses, 48 credits of Teacher Education courses, and 24 credits of Subject Matter Knowledge courses in addition to a semester of student teaching.

You must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in your required courses prior to entering your student-teaching semester. To graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education and teach in Massachusetts, you must also pass the MTELs.

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

Required Courses

All Elementary Education majors must take ALL of the following Human Development courses:

BIO 1106 Human Biology (Fulfills STEM in LS Core)
EDU 2130 Diversity, Social Justice, & Ethics
(Fulfills D and E in LS Core)
HDE 1000 Introduction to Human Development
HDE 2000W Research Methods & App. Stats
(Fulfills W and Q in LS Core)
Plus one of the following:
  • EDU 2230 Applied Adolescent Psychology (Fulfills X in LS Core)
  • EDU 2240 Adult Development
  • EDU 3200 Language & Social Processes
  • EDU 4500 Language Acquisition & Literacy Curriculum Development
  • PSY 3310 Development of Intelligence/ Thinking (Fulfills SOSC in LS Core)
  • PSY 3340 Developmental Psychopathology (Fulfills SOSC in LS Core)
  • PSY 3380 Psychology of Aging
    (Fulfills SOSC in LS Core)
  • SOC 3850 Sociology of Aging
    (Fulfills SOSC in LS Core) 

In addition, all Elementary Education majors must take ALL of the following Teaching and Education courses:

EDU 2110                          Foundations and Principles of Education
EDU 2210 Child & Adolescent Development
(Fulfills a SOSC and X in LS Core)
EDU 3210 Psychology of Learning & Assessment
(Fulfills X in LS Core)
EDU 3310 Teaching Reading & Language Arts
EDU 3340 Teaching Mathematics & Technology
EDU 3360 Teaching Science, Health & Physical Education
EDU 4220 Differentiation & Inclusion
EDU 4221 Strategies for Group Management
EDU 4320 Teaching Social Studies
EDU 4340 Children’s Literature
EDU 4582 Sheltered English Instruction
EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I (and Seminar)
EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II (and Seminar) 
EDU 4903  Practicum – Elementary Education and Seminar (Fulfills X in LS Core) 

Then, select your electives and subject matter knowledge courses:

1. Electives (Choose One):

Personalize your academic experience by selecting one elective from the following options:

CRM 2000       Youth, Deviance & Crime
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)
EDU 3620 Cultural Diversity in the Schools
(Fulfills D and X in LS Core)
HDE 4260 Introduction to Counseling Across Professions
EDU 4480 Critical Ed: Theory, Literacy, & Pedagogy
(Fulfills D in LS Core)
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)
SOC 3330 Racial & Ethnic Minorities
(Fulfills D and SOSC in LS Core)
SOC 3450 Sociology of the Family
(Fulfills SOSC in LS Core)
WGS 1010 Gender & Society
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)
WGS 2010 Intro to Ethnic Studies
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)

2. Electives (Choose Six):

Round out your academic experience by choosing Subject Matter Knowledge electives from the following categories:

American Civilization (Choose one):
HIS 1106      U.S. History I (Fulfills H in LS Core)
HIS 1107 U.S. History II (Fulfills H in LS Core)
POL 1100 Politics of the U.S.
(Fulfills SOSC and X in LS Core)
Literature (Choose one):
ENG 1500  Major British and World Authors
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
ENG 1550 Major American Authors
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies
(Fulfills AL in LS Core)
Math (Take both):
MTE 1410    Foundations of Mathematics I
(Fulfills Q in LS Core)
MTH 1412 Foundations of Mathematics II
(Fulfills Q, STEM, and X in LS Core)
SCI 1000      Investigations in Life and Phys. Sci.
(Fulfills STEM in LS Core) 
World Civilization (Choose one):
HIS 1119          Euro Experience: Antiquity to Reformation
(Fulfills H in LS Core)
HIS 1120  Euro Experience: Early Modern to Present
(Fulfills H in LS Core) 
POL 1500  Comparative Politics
(Fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)

More Info  

Karla Pingeton
Assistant to the Dean


Isabelle D. Cherney

Dean and Professor