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Advance your career and develop your professional qualifications in Community Engagement. 

Take an online graduate course for graduate credit, to audit, or toward our online, innovative
Master of Education in Community Engagement.  This is an online, 36-credit M.Ed. program.

Partnering with Campus Compact

Merrimack College is partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program.

We are offering two online courses this summer that will prepare you for the following

  • Community Engagement Fundamentals
  • Community Partnerships

Choose from two online graduate courses offered this summer 2019:

CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education                                              [4 credits]
May 23 – June 28, 2019
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.

ED 667G - University-Community Relations                                                                         [4 credits]
July 8 to August 16, 2019
This course is an exploration of patterns of communication, interaction, and relationships between institutions of higher education and their local and regional communities. The course examines how historical, social, cultural, and political forces impact such relationships and interactions, with a particular emphasis on issues of diversity. The course explores such relations within the context of the media and the press, goals of community development and change, and the role of the university in its engagement with the public sphere.

The Instructor

Dan Sarofian-Butin, Ph.D. is a Full Professor in, and was Founding Dean of, the School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College. He is the author and editor of almost 100 academic publications, including the books Service-Learning in Theory and Practice: The Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education and The Engaged Campus: Certificates, Minors, and Majors as the New Community Engagement, which Benjamin R. Barber, the Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, praised as a “must-read for everyone who cares about democratic citizenship, from college students and university faculty to community organizers and civic NGO leaders.”

For More Information
Contact Alexandra Harrigan, Office of Graduate Admission, at