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Admission2018-11-05T17:09:32+00:00

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ADMISSION PROCESS

Application Requirements

Please review the following admission requirements

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is $500 per credit for a 36-credit program. A comprehensive fee of $50 per module helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and more – all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module. If you seek federal financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Please use Merrimack College’s FAFSA school code: 002120.

More about Merrimack’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at https://merrimack.afford.com/.

Merrimack accepts employer financial/tuition assistance. Please contact your Application Specialist at 978-206-7057 for more details on how to arrange for this. Please ask your employer whether your organization is an official partner with the Merrimack online M.Ed. program. Additional tuition discount is available to you if you are part of our official partnership schools. Please contact your Application Specialist to ask about how your school can partner with Merrimack today at 978-206-7057.

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Academic Calendar

Term Classes Begin Classes End
Fall 2018 Term 2 Mon. October 29, 2018 Wed. December 19, 2018
Spring 2019 Term 1 Mon. January 21, 2019 Fri. March 15, 2019
Spring 2019 Term 2 Mon. March 18, 2019 Fri. May 10, 2019
Summer 2019 Term 1 Mon. May 13, 2019 Tue. July 2, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

A: There are six convenient start dates offered per year. Contact a Merrimack online M.Ed. Application Specialist at 978-206-7057 to find the next start date that works with your schedule.

A: Each four-credit course is eight weeks in length.

A: The program typically takes one and a half to two years to complete. Most students take one course every 8 weeks. If you have more time and are able to take two courses in an 8-week term, you can progress faster through the program; however, permission from Program Director is strongly recommended as some courses may be more time-intensive than others depending on your specific experience and background.

A: No, there is no application fee.

A: The tuition is $500 per credit. This is a 36-credit M.Ed. program. If your school is an official partner with the Merrimack online M.Ed. program, you are eligible for an additional tuition discount. Please contact your Application Specialist to ask about how your school can partner with Merrimack today at 978-206-7057.

A: A comprehensive fee of $50 per module helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and career services, all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module. On-campus services are available upon request.

A: A $300 deposit is required to secure your place in the program. This deposit will be credited toward your tuition and fees. Deposits can be made online or by mailing a check.

A: To request Federal Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Please use Merrimack’s FAFSA school code: 002120. More about Merrimack’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at https://merrimack.afford.com/

A: A bachelor’s degree is required to begin the program. We can, however, admit you prior to your graduation from a bachelor’s degree program if you will be graduating from college soon, so there is no reason to wait to apply.

A: Teachers with their initial license can gain a master’s degree, an additional license and/or Master’s Plus credits (e.g., Master’s Plus 15, 30, or 60). An additional license is a short sequence of courses plus a 300-hour internship. For example, the Moderate Disabilities Additional License Track equips teachers who hold an Initial or Professional License with enhanced skills and strategies for serving a broad range of student needs.

A: Merrimack College reviews all graduate applications in a holistic way, taking into consideration many factors in your personal and scholastic records that may contribute to your potential for future academic and professional success. Once you start the application process, you can be guided by our professional advisors toward the best path for you.

If you seek immediate access to M.Ed. courses prior to formal admission to the program, we can offer you the ability to enroll in up to two courses right away with just a bachelor’s degree. Formal admission to the program can then be provided to you upon your achievement of an average of B or better in both courses and upon your completion of the program application.

A: As part of your Initial License M.Ed. program (e.g., Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, English as a Second Language), you must complete a 15-week practicum under the supervision of a teacher who is currently licensed in that area. Ideally, the practicum is completed in a public school; however, if you work in a private school and have access to a teacher holding a current license in the area in which you are studying for your M.Ed. program, please let us know and we will help you confirm that this arrangement will work for your practicum. Prior to starting your practicum, you must have completed your M.Ed. course work in good academic standing, passed all of your required MTEL exams, and completed two pre-practicum field-based experiences (30 to 55 hours in a classroom; number of hours depends on how much teaching experience you have had prior to enrolling in the program). Your practicum consists of 15-weeks of student teaching in the grade level and area of concentration that applies to your program. For example, if you are currently teaching or are a paraprofessional in a middle school and you are seeking your Elementary Education Initial License, your practicum must be completed in a school with grades 1-6. You will be the classroom teacher each day for 15 weeks. Practicums in other concentrations may have different student teaching requirements and contexts so please contact us for an individual advising appointment as soon as possible. We can help you identify placements and discuss practicum requirements with your current supervisors.

A: Merrimack’s teacher licensure programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Merrimack’s educator preparation programs are also approved by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).

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 requirements for licensure in other states, as program or licensure reciprocity recognition is different for each of the 50 states.

For more information regarding Merrimack College teacher education online programs and licensure, please reference https://www.merrimack.edu/academics/online-programs/teacher-education-online-programs-and-licensure/index.php

A: Yes, Merrimack College’s online competency-based Master of Education (M.Ed.) and graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).

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