Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Girard School of Business

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 early 2021.  Register for a course now.

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

Spring 2021 Online Courses

CME 506G Community Development - 4 credits

Instructor: Jolan Rivera
Weekly webinar: Monday, 6pm-7:50pm
This course examines place-based community organizing and development from a social justice perspective. Through case studies, students learn about current issues and approaches to community change. The course emphasizes organizing in low-income communities and provides an assets-based approach. The course will address key issues such as housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainability, with a focus on the social and political aspects of development.

CME 510G Asset Mapping - 2 credits

Instructor: Dwight Giles
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6pm-7:20pm
This course looks at how asset mapping methods combined with geographic information systems technology have proven to be effective ways to help citizens and organizations identify, analyze, describe and mobilize around assets and issues of concern to them.

CME 521G Management and Leadership in Non-Profits - 4 credits

Instructor: Greggory Grenier
Weekly webinar: Friday, Noon-1:50pm
This course provides an overview of leadership and management issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector. Topics include human resource development, program development, financial resource management, and organizational learning. The course also focuses on leader qualities and career paths in the nonprofit sector.

CME 557G Global Issues and Community Engagement - 4 credits

Instructor: Jolan Rivera
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 8pm-9:50pm
This course explores critical social, economic, political, and environmental issues from a global perspective. The course considers connections between local and global issues. Furthermore, the course seeks to consider the role of community engagement in addressing global issues, with particular emphasis on assets-based approaches which engage community members and better communities. Global awareness and cultural appreciation are deepened through experiential learning opportunities.

CME 525G School, Family, and Community Partnerships (4 credits)

Instructor: Raisa Carrasco-Velez
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 3:15pm-7:30pm
This course considers the roles of schools in communities and explores methods and models for schools to engage families and communities to maximize student learning and development. Included in this course are issues such as schools as community centers, parent involvement, and interagency collaboration..

CME 6140 Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Community Engagement - 4 credits

Instructor: Gerardo Zayas
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 6pm-7:50pm
This course uses a social justice framework to explore issues of power and privilege with respect to diverse populations. Historical and contemporary oppression based on race, gender, ability, and other differences are explored. Self-reflection is used to examine students’ own biases and prejudices. This course offers aspiring community activists the opportunity to learn about social change through social justice education, advocacy, and outreach initiatives.

ED 635G Theories of Organizational Change - 4 credits

Instructor: Dan Sarofian-Butin
Weekly webinar: Friday, 8am-9:50am
This course explores organizational theory and organizational change within the context of non-profit 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 671G Theories of Adult Learning and Development - 4 credits

Instructor: Linda Meccouri
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4pm-5:50pm
This course examines the research of adult learning theories, including such topics as aptitude, motivation, cognitive development, psycho-social development, intelligence, and learning styles through the prisms of gender, ethnicity, race and social class. The course looks at implications for the teaching and learning process, curriculum design, and instructional practices. The course also provides an overview of relevant developmental issues, with specific implications for applied settings.

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

Instructor: John Giordano
Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-5:50pm
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.
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