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Graduate Programs

Merrimack College

The graduate program in Elementary Education prepares candidates to work in grades 1-6. Through coursework and field experiences, students develop an understanding of subject matter knowledge, curriculum design, instructional strategies, observation and assessment, communication, and collaboration with families and the community. Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Beginning September 1, 2014, new students will follow the prescribed program listed below in conjunction with advisor approval. Students enrolled in the program prior to this date must meet with their advisor to review the remaining courses in their program.

All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration in future semesters. 

Elementary Education Teacher Education Program


Course Requirements

Suggested sequence of courses.

Course Title Credits
ED 5740G

Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Co-requisites: (0 credits)

  • ED 6500G - Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience I
  • ED 6501G - Teacher Education Program Orientation
ED 5720G Foundations of Language and Reading 4
ED 507G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Reading & Language Arts 4
GRAD 519 Core Math: Numbers and Operations, Function, Geometry and Algebra 4
ED 5730G Math Methods for the Elementary School 4
ED 5020G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Science, Health and Physical Education 4
ED 5010G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Social Studies and World Geography 4
ED 582G Sheltered English Instruction, with field experience
(or alternate elective with evidence of SEI endorsement)
ED 6505G Pre-Practicum Field Experience II 0
ED 550G

Practicum in Elementary Education (1-6); 300 hours

Co-requisite: (0 credits)

  • ED 6510G - Practicum Seminar


Practicum Requirements
  • Successful completion of all MTEL exams related to the license
  • Practicum application with advisor permission and signature
  • Attendance at a practicum information session
  • Good academic standing in the graduate program
MTEL Requirements
  • Communications & Literacy Skills (01): Reading and Writing subtests
  • General Curriculum (03): Math and Multi-Subject subtests
  • Foundations of Reading (90)


Course work and program options are subject to change.