Apr 13, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Middle School (5-8) and High School (8-12) Licensure, B.A.

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  124

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate:  2.0

Minimum number of credits to complete the major:  46 (this does not include the content-area course requirements)


A co-major in Education consists of courses within the Department of Education & Community Studies as well as a set of additional courses across the arts & sciences to fulfill the Subject Matter Knowledge requirements outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Please refer to each specific program chart to determine the exact set of required courses. All Teacher Education Program students will have an advisor who will work closely with them to identify the best program of study for their licensure concentration.

Practicum Information: In order to be eligible for practicum and complete our Massachusetts state-approved programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • EDU 2500 Pre-Practicum I
  • EDU 2510 Pre-Practicum II
  • EDU 2520 Pre-Practicum III
  • 3.0 GPA in program
  • Acceptance to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
  • Pass the Communication and Literacy (01) MTEL the semester prior to EDU 2510.

Ultimately, Massachusetts state licensure depends on completion of aforementioned state- approved programs and passing scores on all MTELs. More information can be found in the Winston School of Education & Social Policy’s Teacher Education Handbook.

Merrimack College has a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) state-approved educator preparation program and as such has program and licensure reciprocity as outlined by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. Some states have additional requirements for full licensure.

All students in the middle school/high school Teacher Education Program must have a content-area as a second major, and choose the particular licensure area and the grade level in which they ultimately want to teach. This will become your concentration. Students can choose from the following:

  • Math (5-8, 8-12)
  • Biology (8-12)
  • Chemistry (8-12)
  • English (5-12)
  • History (5-12)
  • Physics (8-12)

Major Requirements

The following courses are required for licensure in Middle School (5-8) and High School (8-12) per the regulations outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE).  Program requirements may change to accommodate updated regulations.  Students will be notified by the Winston School of Education & Social Policy when changes are made, and students will work with their academic advisor to modify course sequence when applicable.

Practicum Requirements

The following courses are required for students who seek licensure in Middle School (5-8) or High School (8-12).  Please consult with your advisor for sequencing and/or substitutions.

Middle School/High School MTELs

  • Communication & Literacy Skills (01)
    • Reading sub-test
    • Writing sub-test
  • Subject Matter

For more information about the MTELs and the preparation workshops available, please visit www.merrimack.edu/mtel.


Additionally, please note that students gaining middle- and secondary-school licenses should follow the college-wide Core Curriculum in Liberal Studies requirements. Students working towards early childhood, elementary, and moderate disabilities licenses are required to take additional courses which fulfill ESE Subject Matter Knowledge requirements as well as all of the Merrimack College’s Core Curriculum in Liberal Studies requirements. 

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