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Teacher Education

The School of Education & Social Policy offers multiple Teacher Education Programs (TEP) that have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education.

Students are able to receive reciprocal teaching licenses in more than 45 states. Please refer to the DESE’s website and each state’s requirements for exact terms of reciprocity. Learn more about the Education Fellowship program, which offers a full-tuition fellowship.

Master of Education, with initial licenses in:

CBE M.Ed. program in Teacher Education (online)

For those students who desire more flexibility, Merrimack offers a competency- based M.Ed. program in teacher education. This competency-based educational (CBE) format program combines 100% online courses with immersion events and in-classroom practicum close to home. Students progress at their own pace through learning materials and assessments designed to ensure mastery of skills required for teaching excellence and valued by employers.

Merrimack complies with individual U.S. state regulations before enrolling students in our online degree programs who reside outside of Massachusetts. Review more about the regulations.

Choose from three tracks:


Program Requirements

  • Middle and High School Education: Verification of subject-matter requirements for initial license in the content area.
  • Education: K-12 Teacher Education program: Official scores from the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) It is strongly recommended that applicants have passed at least the Communications and Literacy Skills (01) test.
  • Education: K-12 Teacher Education program: A copy of current teaching license(s), if applicable. A current teaching license is not required for admission into a licensure graduate program. However, if you do hold a current teaching license, we encourage you to include a copy with your application materials.

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.