Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Winston School of Education and Social Policy

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Interim Dean of the Winston School of Education & Social Policy
  Deborah Margolis, Ph.D.

To educate for social transformation.

In the Winston School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College - a Catholic, Augustinian institution - we believe that education is a transformative practice that changes the world. Our dynamic, rigorous programs prepare students to engage with communities by linking theory, research, and practice. With a focus on ethics and professionalism, we mentor students to be reflective and engaged educators, practitioners, and advocates for the common good. Our students become leaders and agents of change within schools, colleges, community organizations, and criminal justice institutions.

The school collaborates with over 100 regional partners. We provide students a breadth of offerings in field-based experiences based in schools, community-based organizations, non-profits, legal, social service and local agencies. The work of our students can provide children access to effective schools, and it can help strengthen families and their respective communities.

The Education department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Teacher Education, and students can earn licensure in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, STEM Education, and Middle and High School education. All licensure programs in the School of Education & Social Policy have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and allow formal reciprocity with (and thus the ability to teach in) 45 other states.

The Applied Human Development and Community Studies department offers an undergraduate program in Human Development and Human Services. This program prepares students to pursue careers in fields as diverse as social work, social services, guidance, school counseling, child care, health education, human services, community education, educational policy, child development, family studies, law enforcement agencies, law firms, juvenile courts and corrections agencies, community organizing and advocacy groups.  

The undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice programs (majors and minors) help prepare students to think critically about, and engage thoughtfully with, the legal system and issues of crime, social policies, and systems of punishment and social control. The Criminology and Criminal Justice program recognizes the complex relationship between society and its members and thus focuses on how broader socio-cultural, political-economic, and historical forces influence the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Students completing majors and minors in Criminology and Criminal Justice can pursue jobs and graduate work in social services, family studies law enforcement agencies, law firms, juvenile courts and corrections agencies, community organizing and advocacy groups.

The Higher Education deparment offers a graduate program in higher education, preparing students for positions in higher education administration, leadership, and reform.

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Graduate Programs: The Winston School of Education & Social Policy offers many graduate programs, some of which have a 13-month full-time residency Fellowship program.  Graduate programs are available in:

  • Community Engagement
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Higher Education
  • School Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education, licensure
  • Teacher Education, Curriculum & Instruction, non-licensure
  • Catholic School Leadership, Certificate
  • Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership
  • Digital Literacy/Computer Science, Certificate
  • Independent School Leadership, Certificate
  • CAGS, Educational Leadership (post-masters)


For more information, please visit the graduate programs website or the graduate catalog for additional details. 

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