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Application Requirements

Please review the following admission requirements:

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There is no application fee. Our online application is streamlined for your convenience and can be completed in approximately five minutes. You do not have to wait until you have all your documents and materials to submit your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your Merrimack Admission ID and instructions on how to check your application status. M.Ed. Application Specialists at 978-274-9259 can help you.

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An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended is required. 

Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from the registrar’s office to:

graddocs@merrimack.edu

Transcripts sent by mail or express mail should be addressed to:

Office of Graduate Studies A485, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Merrimack undergraduate students may request release of their transcripts at no cost by indicating their permission for release on the graduate application.

A bachelor’s degree is required to be formally admitted to the program; however, we can begin the admissions and enrollment process before we receive official documentation. An unofficial copy of your transcript(s) can be uploaded to your application or emailed to graddocs@merrimack.edu.

If you are in the final term of your undergraduate program, you can submit your current transcript now for our review and then provide the updated final transcript once you have graduated.

Please note: If you are having your official transcript mailed to Merrimack, it can take up to 15 business days for transcripts to be processed, mailed and received (depending on the originating institution). You will receive a Proxy Authorization form, which allows our Application Specialist to request your transcript on your behalf, once you have begun your online application.

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Your resume or CV should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. You may also include relevant activities, awards and interests. You can upload it or email it to edadmission@merrimack.edu.

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All applicants are required to submit a personal statement of between 500 and 1,000 words (500-word minimum). Your personal statement should answer the question, “What is your interest in pursuing a career in PreK-12 education in Massachusetts?”

If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please also include an additional paragraph discussing your readiness for graduate education.

Your personal statement can be uploaded to your application or emailed to edadmission@merrimack.edu.

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Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference are required. Letters should speak to your capacity for completing a graduate program, and your interest in pursuing a career in education.  

References from education-related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations if possible.  

Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

Please ask your recommenders send their letters to edadmission@merrimack.edu.

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Tuition is $475 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 978-274-9259 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 978-274-9259.

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FAQs

Q: When can I start my program?
A: There are six convenient start dates offered per year. Contact a Merrimack online M.Ed. Application Specialist at 978-274-9259 to find the next start date that works with your schedule.

Q: How long do courses last?
A: Each four-credit course is eight weeks in length.

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
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.

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No, there is no application fee.

Q: What is the tuition?
A: The tuition is $475 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 978-274-9259.

Q: Are there any additional fees?
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.

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place in the program?
A: A $250 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.

Q: Are financial aid and payment plans available?
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/

Q: Do I need a bachelor’s degree?
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.

Q: Can I enroll if I already have a teaching license?
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.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
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.

Q: What should I know about the practicum for Initial License Programs?

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.

Q: Is this an approved program for teacher licensure in Massachusetts?
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.

Q: Is the program accredited?
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).

Tuition and Aid

Tuition is $475 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 978-274-9259 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 978-274-9259.

Talk to an Application Specialist today for more information about how the online M.Ed. and graduate teacher education programs can help you achieve your professional goals at:

978.274.9259

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