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School of Education & Social Policy

The complexities of our current society call for a new vision and a new practice in the preparation of individuals committed to the education, empowerment and transformation of our public commons.

The School of Education & Social Policy’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and as such provide education students (candidates) with an approved program which is a requirement for state licensure.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates educator movement between states. 

Students are responsible for researching and understanding requirement for licensure in other states, as program or licensure reciprocity recognition is different for each of the 50 states. 

Our graduates are teachers and leaders who collaborate, reflect and make an impact. We emphasize:

  • Deep learning. Education is transformational. Our classrooms, our courses and our passion are all grounded in the knowledge that learning matters.
  • Bringing theory to life. Knowledge and practice must inform each other. We connect books with classrooms and ideas with actions.
  • Making a difference. Education can change our classrooms, our schools and our communities. We prepare educators who understand that schools play a key role in a diverse and democratic society.

Courses in the School of Education & Social Policy are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

 

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News

  • Forbes Magazine recently published an op-ed piece written by Merrimack College professor Dan Butin, the founding dean of the School of Education & Social Policy. Butin’s op-ed discusses the improving model of digital learning, specifically massive open online courses (MOOCs). The development of MOOCs opens educational opportunities to many would-be students at more affordable prices but the quality of education was suspect until recently when MIT made a break-through innovation.
  • Merrimack College’s new online Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree has exceeded expectations by providing working professionals with a groundbreaking program that is aligned with employers’ needs and Massachusetts teaching standards. This innovative teacher preparation program offers a next-generation online learning experience designed to help teachers master skills that are most valued by school employers. The program launched with its first cohort of students in January 2016.
  • Four hundred undergraduates filled Lawler Rink and the Blue Line Club to present their semester-long projects at the inaugural Merrimack College Research and Creative Achievement Conference Thursday May 5.

Upcoming Events

December 22, 2016

  • Christmas Recess
    The college will be closed for Christmas Recess on December 22, and will re-open January 4, 2017.