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McDaniel produces the best teachers in Maryland. (That’s what an English teacher could call hyperbole… except we have the data to back it up.) What’s the secret to our success? Well, it starts with you. Your passion. Your empathy. Your desire to help others learn and grow.

Degree Types
Major , Minor , B.A./M.S. Pathway
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Reputation & Recognition
State Teacher of the Year recipients

When those raw ingredients are matched with the Education department’s helpful and knowledgeable faculty, thoughtful curriculum, and relevant internship and student–teaching opportunities, success naturally follows. In no time, you’ll be prepared to confidently lead your own classroom and make the difference you’ve been dreaming of.

Accreditation and Certification

McDaniel has provided programs for teacher preparation and certification for over 110 years. The College offers a major in Elementary Education as well as minors in Secondary and PreK–12 Education. Programs in the McDaniel College Education department were reviewed and accredited by the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teachers) in 2017. McDaniel College will be reviewed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in the next cycle of accreditation in 2024.

Students who complete the Elementary Education major with certification requirements, or a minor in Secondary Education, or PreK–12 (Art, Music, French, German, Spanish, or Physical Education) are eligible for initial teacher certification in the State of Maryland (and the more than 45 states involved in the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement) in elementary (grades 1-6), secondary (grades 7-12), or PreK–12 (art, instrumental or vocal music, or physical education).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

"McDaniel College graduates future educators who are not only knowledgeable, but also efficient mentors who provide empathetic support and practice novel teaching methods.”


Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction

Future Career Paths

Teachers continue to be in high demand at schools of all types all over the country. In Maryland alone, shortages have been declared in just about every content area and local jurisdiction. McDaniel Education graduates are poised to fill those positions in a variety of capacities.

Outstanding Graduate Programs

McDaniel College is proud of our many Master's programs in Education, giving you a direct pathway to advancing your own education while honing your skills. Attaining your M.S. also advances your pay scale.

Explore our Graduate Programs in Education


5-Year B.A./M.S. Education Programs Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Pathway

McDaniel also offers 5-year programs resulting in a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) and a Master’s degree (M.S.) in the following areas:

Distinctive Courses

HIS 1109 - Survey of Modern U.S. History, 1865-2000

An inquiry into the events and forces that have shaped the United States since 1865, including industrialization, urbanization, race relations, reform, social and cultural tensions, and global conflict.

EDU 2227 - Teaching in the 21st Century

This course will explore the challenges and opportunities facing teachers in the 21st Century. Students will unpack and assess different pedagogical  approaches, strategies, and tools to develop an understanding of the role of the teacher in the 21st Century classroom. Students will work in collaborative teams  to design and implement interdisciplinary learning experiences that engage and inspire students.

EDU 3311 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies

Current trends in social studies for the elementary school level with an emphasis on student involvement in the learning environment are studied. Students acquire familiarity with a variety of teaching techniques and curriculum materials in this content area.

EDU 4206 - Teaching Writing with Children’s Literature

Engage in the analysis and interpretation of adult and children’s literature to identify mentor texts as models for composing and teaching personal narrative and explanatory informational writing. Building on the reading-writing connection, you’ll apply a writer’s lens to analyze elements of craft and literary devices in mentor texts and plan literature-based craft lessons that address varied disciplines, purposes, genres, and audiences.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Mikayla Lee

Alumni Spotlight Class of 2021: Mikayla Lee Class of 2021

Mikayla Lee looks forward to walking back into a high school English classroom in Howard County (Md.) public schools to share with her students her passion for reading and writing. During her years on the Hill, she was a regular contributor to McDaniel’s Contrast Literary Magazine, a peer tutor in the Writing Center, a peer mentor for first-year students, a member of the advisory board for the Peer Mentor program, a member of Black Student Union, and a two-time intramural basketball champion.

Irma Murhutta '20, a Teachers for Tomorrow scholarship recipient, earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education.

Impressive Outcomes First-year teachers find themselves prepared thanks to their McDaniel education

Adaptability, flexibility, and problem-solving skills are all traits McDaniel College has instilled into recent alumni who have begun their first year of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly all of those who graduated with either a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or a Secondary Education minor or who earned a master’s degree in Teaching as part of the Class of 2020 secured teaching positions this fall.