Moderate Disabilities

Major in Moderate Disabilities

At Merrimack College, 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 moderate disabilities.

Bonus? Through hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll develop your education philosophy, create a portfolio and hone your classroom management skills.

Elementary-age child working on a homework assignment in class.

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.

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:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Education, Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Licensure, B.A. Curriculum

Early Childhood Education Major Requirements

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Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.