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Department of Education and Community Studies

STEM Education

This cutting-edge interdisciplinary major not only prepares you to teach the next generation of innovators, it provides the specialized training necessary to earn your state STEM teaching license.

A result of a unique partnership between the schools of Education and Social Policy and Science and Engineering, the STEM education major is only open to education majors as a double-major towards licensure in early-childhood education, elementary education and/or moderate disabilities.

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In the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education program, you will:

  • Gain a foundation for teaching the beauty and logic of the natural world to primary-, elementary- and middle-school students or students with moderate disabilities
  • Participate in key courses in both the School of Education and Social Policy and School of Science and Engineering.
  • Deepen your understanding of the processes of scientific literacy and learn techniques to inspire your students.
  • Make a real difference in developing the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Hands-On Learning

Through hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll develop your education philosophy, create a portfolio and hone your classroom-management skills during your pre-practicum and practicum student-teaching. It’s your chance to take what you’ve learned at Merrimack and apply it at one of the primary, elementary, middle or junior high schools in the area.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the STEM program, you’ll be well equipped to teach science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom. Positions may include:

  • Early-childhood STEM teacher
  • Elementary school STEM teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • Moderate disabilities STEM teacher
  • STEM program school administrator
  • Tutor in one of the STEM disciplines

What You’ll Take

All STEM double-majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the STEM education, teacher education,and licensure requirements. Of the 124 credits required for your degree, you must complete 44 credits of STEM education courses plus 52 credits of teacher education courses, in addition to a semester of student teaching.

You must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in your required courses prior to entering your student-teaching semester. To graduate with a degree in STEM education and teach in Massachusetts, you must also pass the MTELs.

Courses in the School of Education and Social Policy are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

Required Courses

All STEM education double-majors must take six of the STEM foundational courses:

BIO 1028 Principles of Biology II

One of the following:  

  • CHM 1110, General Chemistry
  • CHM 1210, Chemistry for Health Professions

One of the following:  

  • MTH 1217, Calculus I
  • MTH 1314, Discrete Mathematics

One of the following:  

  • PHY 2201, General Physics
  • PHY 2211, Physics I

STM 1010

Foundations of STEM

One of the following:

Technology or Engineering

STM 4000

STEM Practicum

STM 3000

STEM Capstone 

In addition, all STEM education double-majors must take all of the following teaching and education courses:

EDU 2110

Foundations and Principles of Education

EDU 2210                                                   

Child and Adolescent Development
(fulfills a SOSC and X in LS Core)

EDU 3210

Psychology of Learning and Assessment
(fulfills X in LS Core)

EDU 3310

Teaching Reading and Language Arts

EDU 3340

Teaching Mathematics and Technology

EDU 3360

Teaching Science, Health and Physical Education

EDU 4220

Differentiation and Inclusion  

EDU 4221

Strategies for Group Management

EDU 4320 

Teaching Social Studies

EDU 4340 

Children’s Literature 

EDU 4500 

Language Acquisition and Literacy Curriculum Development 

EDU 2500

Pre-Practicum I (and seminar) 

EDU 2510

Pre-Practicum II (and seminar)

EDU 4582

Sheltered English Instruction

One of the following:

  • EDU 4900 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities Education and Seminar (fulfills X in LS Core)
  • EDU 4905 Practicum: Early Childhood Education and Seminar
    (fulfills X in LS Core)

Then, select your STEM education electives from both schools:

1. Electives: Choose Three

Tailor your academic experience by selecting three electives offered by the following four Science and Engineering departments:

Life Sciences

BIO 1027

Principles of Biology I

BIO 2009

Environmental Science

BIO 1106

Human Biology

HSC 2300

Nutrition, Diet and Health

HSC 3302

Introduction to Public Health

SME 1104                 

Introduction to Physical Activity                  


MTH 1111  

Basic Statistics

MTH 1112

Adventures in Mathematics

MTH 1217

Calculus I 

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1314 .  

Discrete Mathematics 

 Physical Sciences

AST 1101

Introduction to Astronomy

One of the following:       

  • CHM 1120, General Chemistry II
  • CHM 1220, Chemistry for the Health Professionals II

One of the following:

  • PHY 2202, General Physics II
  • PHY Physics II 

CSC 1510

Introduction to Information Technology

CSC 2210

Introduction to Computational Science

One of the following:

  • EEN 1177 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • EEN 1065 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics (for Non-Engineers)

GEN 1001

Introduction to Engineering  

2. Electives: Choose Six

Personalize your experience by choosing Subject Matter Knowledge electives from the following categories:

American Civilization (choose one)

HIS 1106

U.S. History I (fulfills H in LS Core)

HIS 1107

U.S. History II (fulfills H in LS Core)

POL 1100           

Politics of the United State
(fulfills SOSC and X in LS Core) 

Literature (choose one)

ENG 1500

Major British and World Authors
(fulfills AL in LS Core)

ENG 1550

Major American Authors
(fulfills AL in LS Core)

ENG 2050        

Introduction to Literary Studies
(fulfills AL in LS Core)

Math (take both)

MTE 1410 

Foundations of Mathematics I
(fulfills Q in LS Core)

MTH 1412          

Foundations of Mathematics II
(fulfills Q, STEM, and X in LS Core)


Talk to your adviser about your choice of science electives.

World Civilization (choose one)

HIS 1119              

Euro Experience: Antiquity to Reformation (fulfills H in LS Core)

HIS 1120

Euro Experience: Early Modern to Present (fulfills H in LS Core)

POL 1500                                   

Comparative Politics
(fulfills SOSC and D in LS Core)   

More Info  


Isabelle D. Cherney

Dean and Professor