Early Childhood Education

Major in Early Childhood Education

At Merrimack College, as an education major concentrating in early childhood education (PreK-2), you’ll gain the expertise, skills and confidence to teach young children.

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.

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In the early-childhood education program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of how young children 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 cultural diversity in the schools, children’s literature, and comparative politics.

Hands-On Learning

100% of education majors participate in at least one practicum. 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:

  • Nursery school, kindergarten, or first-grade teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • School administrator

Courses You’ll Take

Early Childhood Education Major Requirements


To see more details about the major, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.

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More Information

Visit the online course catalog for more information on all majors and minors.