School of Education and Social Policy

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Use your passion to change the world and your career with Merrimack’s convenient options.  

Take an online course and earn graduate credit. You’ll build your professional qualifications and skills in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership within schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Choose from several options:

Take or audit a course this spring. Classes begin the week of January 16, 2020.  Register for a course now.

Choose from online graduate-level courses that can be taken for graduate credit toward:

Spring 2020 Online Courses

CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education - 4 credits

Instructor: Dan Sarofian-Butin, Ph.D.
Weekly webinar: Friday, 8am-9am
This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement - e.g., service-learning, civic and community engagement, community-based research- in higher education. It explores key programmatic issues such as course development, student outcomes, and community partnerships as well as core theoretical questions. The courses will focus on the limits and possibilities of community engagement in higher education through multiple frames of reference: technical, cultural, political, and conceptual. This course is an approved preparation opportunity for Campus Compact’s microcredential for community engagement fundamentals.

ED 635G Theories of Organizational Change - 4 credits

Instructor: Linda Meccouri, Ph.D.
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 5pm-7:30pm
This course explores organizational theory and organizational change within the context of nonprofit organizations. Topics include industry structure, competition and differentiation; integration, diversification, and expansion; and strategic management of organizational culture and change. While themes and case studies are drawn from business practice, the key focus will be on the overall PreK-16 educational system, higher education, and community-based nonprofit organizations.

ED 691G Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits

Instructor: John Giordano, Ph.D.
Weekly webinar: Wednesday, 6pm-7:30pm
This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

Partnering with Campus Compact

Merrimack College is partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Professional seeking a micro-credential may choose to audit a course for content knowledge, rather than enroll for graduate credit.

  • CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals.
  • ED 667G University-Community Relations is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.
For More Information

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