Skip to main
Professor interacting with students.


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
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).

Future Career Paths

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

Distinctive Courses

EDU 3326 - Teaching with Classroom Technology

This course develops a candidate’s TPACK (technological, pedagogical content knowledge) by demonstrating and implementing classroom technologies in content-specific examples. Topics include state and national technology and content standards, technologies for presentation and collaboration, technologies for content delivery, and technologies for assessment.

EDU 1141 - Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society

An overview of education in the United States, including identification of pupil characteristics at all three educational levels: elementary, middle, and high school. The course includes psychology of teaching and learning, related educational foundations, and a research-based introduction to current issues in education. This course places a strong emphasis on understanding how students differ in their approaches to learning and creating instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners in order to meet individual needs.

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.

Special Opportunities

Grad students interacting at desk counter.

McDaniel's 5-year Programs

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:

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.

Student teaching one-on-one in elementary school setting.

Dozens of Programs to Choose From Outstanding Graduate Programs Breadth & Depth

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.