Meet Your Major

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, our programs provide you with the training required to earn your state teaching license in elementary 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 and ethics, and counseling and guidance.

Elementary Pupils In Computer Class

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:

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

What You’ll Take

Education majors concentrating in elementary education 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.

Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their required courses prior to entering the student-teaching semester. To graduate with a degree in early childhood education and teach in Massachusetts, students must also pass the MTELs.

Required Courses
Complete the following four courses

BIO 1106 Human Biology
HDE 2130 Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics
HDE 1000 Introduction to Human Development
HDE 3000 Research Methods and Applied Statistics in Human Development

Complete one of the following:

EDU 2230 

Applied Adolescent Psychology

HDE 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

Teaching and Education (complete all)

EDU 2110 Foundations and Principles of Education
EDU 2210 Child Growth and Development
EDU 2410 The Exceptional Learner
EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I (and Seminar)   
EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II (and Seminar)   
EDU 3210 Psychology of Learning and 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 4582 Sheltered English Instruction
EDU 4903  Practicum — Elementary Education and Seminar

Electives I (choose one)

CRM 2000       Youth, Deviance and Crime
HDE 3620 Diversity in Practice with Families and Communities
HDE 4260 Foundations of Counseling Across Professions
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
SOC 3330 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
SOC 3450 Sociology of the Family
WGS 1010 Gender and Society
WGS 2010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies



Electives II (choose seven, as outlined)

American Civilization: 

  • HIS 1106 U.S. History I

Literature (choose one):

  • ENG 1550 Major American Authors
  • ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies

Math (complete all):

  • MTE 1410 Foundations of Mathematics I
  • MTE 1411 Algebraic Thinking for Educators
  • MTH 1412 Foundations of Mathematics II


  • STM 1010 Introduction to STEM  

World Civilization (choose one): 

  • HIS 1119 Euro Experience: Antiquity to Reformation
  • POL 1500 Comparative Politics