Meet Your Major

As an education major concentrating in moderate disabilities (PreK–8), you’ll gain the expertise, skills and confidence to teach students with learning disabilities.

Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 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 moderate disabilities education program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of how students with learning disabilities can thrive and be successful in school.
  • Learn how to conduct educational assessments and develop personalized education plans.
  • Build your subject matter expertise by choosing from a wide variety of electives across departments.

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are working on a homework assignment in class.

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:

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Resource Room Director
  • School Administrator
  • Special-Education Teacher

What You’ll Take

All education majors concentrating in Mmoderate disabilities 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, 52 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 moderate disabilities education and teach in Massachusetts, you must also pass the MTELs.

Required Courses

Complete all of the following:

BIO 1106 Human Biology
EDU 2130 Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics
HDE 1000 Introduction to Human Development
HDE 2000W Research Methods and App. Stats

Complete one of the following:

EDU 2230 Applied Adolescent Psychology
EDU 2240 Adult Development
EDU 3200 Language and Social Processes
EDU 4500 Language Acquisition and Literacy Curriculum Development
PSY 3310 Development of Intelligence/ Thinking
PSY 3340 Developmental Psychopathology
PSY 3380 Psychology of Aging
SOC 3850 Sociology of Aging

In addition, all moderate disabilities education majors must complete the following teaching and education courses:

EDU 2110 Foundations and Principles of Education
EDU 2210 Child and Adolescent Development
EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I (and Seminar)
EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II (and Seminar)
EDU 3210 Psychology of Learning & Assessment
EDU 3310 Teaching Reading and Language Arts
EDU 3340 Teaching Mathematics and Technology
EDU 3360 Teaching Science, Health and Physical Education
EDU 4220 Differentiation and Inclusion
EDU 4221 Strategies for Group Management
EDU 4320 Teaching Social Studies
EDU 4340 Children’s Literature
EDU 4500 Language Acquisition and Literacy Curriculum Development 
EDU 4582 Sheltered English Instruction
EDU 4905  Practicum – Early Childhood Education and Seminar

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 and Crime
EDU 3620 Cultural Diversity in the Schools
EDU 4480 Critical Education: Theory, Literacy and Pedagogy
HDE 4260 Introduction to Counseling Across Professions
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
SOC 3330 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
SOC 3450 Sociology of the Family
WGS 1010 Genderand Society
WGS 2010 Intro to Ethnic Studies

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
HIS 1107 U.S. History II
POL 1100 Politics of the U.S.

Literature (choose one)

ENG 1500  Major British and World Authors
ENG 1550 Major American Authors
ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies

Math (complete both)

MTE 1410    Foundations of Mathematics I
MTH 1412 Foundations of Mathematics II

Science

SCI 1000      Investigations in Life and Physical Sciences

World Civilization (choose one)

HIS 1119          Euro Experience: Antiquity to Reformation
HIS 1120  Euro Experience: Early Modern to Present
POL 1500 Comparative Politics