Merrimack College

School of Education and Social Policy

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (PK-2) with Licensure


315 Turnpike Street

Mailstop O-15

North Andover, MA 01845

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (PK-2) with Licensure

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates to become teachers of children in grades PreK-2, with or without disabilities.

The program leads to an initial license in early childhood education, with an emphasis on the inclusion of all children. In addition to challenging and engaging coursework, students gain a rich and relevant preparation for teaching by participating in a full-time practicum in early childhood classrooms.

Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Applicants will undergo a review to determine whether they can demonstrate subject-matter knowledge for an initial license in Early Childhood Education.


Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The School of Education offers multiple licensure programs that have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education. Students are able to receive reciprocal teaching licenses in more than 45 states. Please refer to the DESE's website and each state's requirements for exact terms of reciprocity.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $550 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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