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Department of Education and Community Studies

Middle School Education

As an education major concentrating in Middle School Education (5-8), you’ll gain the expertise, skills, and confidence to teach middle 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 Middle School Education program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of how young students develop and learn
  • Gain practical skills that will help you prepare students for a successful transition to high school
  • Build your subject matter expertise by choosing from a wide variety of electives across departments

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:

  • English, Math, Social Studies or Science teacher
  • General Studies teacher in grades 5-8
  • Guidance counselor
  • Reading, math or science tutor
  • School administrator 

What You’ll Take

All Education majors concentrating in Middle School Education (5-8) take Teacher Education courses to satisfy requirements. Of the 124 credits required for your degree, you must complete 44 credits of Teacher Education 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 Middle School 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 Middle School Education majors must take ALL of the following Teaching and Education courses:

EDU 2110 Foundations & Principles of Education
EDU 2230 Applied Adolescent Psychology
(Fulfills X in LS Core)
EDU 3210         Psychology of Learning & Assessment
(Fulfills X in LS Core)
EDU 3380 Organization & Curriculum of the Middle School
EDU 3420 Instructional Method & Tech for Middle & Secondary Education
EDU 4040 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle & Secondary Education
EDU 4050 Special Methods for the Middle Schools
EDU 4220 Differentiation & Inclusion
EDU 4221 Strategies for Group Management 
EDU 4582 Sheltered English Instruction
EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I (and Seminar)
EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II (and Seminar) 
EDU 4901 Practicum – Middle School Education
(and Seminar) 

More Info  

Karla Pingeton
Assistant to the Dean


Isabelle D. Cherney

Dean and Professor