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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

Why McDaniel for your Teaching Degree?

Accreditation and Certification

McDaniel has provided programs for teacher preparation and certification for over 110 years. The College offers majors in Elementary Education and Early Childhood 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.

Official seal of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

McDaniel College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Education program has been awarded initial accreditation status by AAQEP through June 30, 2029. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

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 Opportunities

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

B.A./M.S. Pathways for Education Majors Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Pathway

McDaniel’s bachelor’s to master’s (BA/MS) pathway programs provide the unique opportunity for academically qualified McDaniel students to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in an accelerated timeframe with less cost.

Structured BA/MS Pathways for Education Majors: Structured programs are accelerated programs between an undergraduate major and master’s degree program that have an approved, existing agreement for coursework choices between the undergraduate and graduate course requirements.

  • Bachelor of Arts – Master of Science in Secondary Education/Special Education

Student Designed BA/MS Pathways for Education Majors: Student-designed BA/MS Pathway is an accelerated program in which a student works with their undergraduate advisor and a master’s degree program coordinator in the graduate program of their choice to develop.

  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Teaching

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.

Alumna Amara Foster stands in front of a classroom board with colorful art and lessons on it.

Amara Foster ’21

By the time she was a sophomore, Amara Foster ’21 was student teaching in local schools as an Elementary Education major on the Hill. That real-world experience and mentorship from McDaniel educators led her right into her job as a fifth-grade teacher, where she makes a big impact every day.

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.

Q&A with Associate Professor of Education Becca Gibson, Ph.D.

What do you hope students take away from your courses?
I hope students come away from my courses with an understanding of both how complex and how important teaching reading and writing is to children and a sense of self-efficacy in literacy teaching. It’s not supposed to be easy, and students won’t know all the answers, but they will be able to teach effectively — and joyously!
Read the full Q&A.
2024 Teachers of Promise

Education graduates recognized as Teachers of Promise

Seven McDaniel bachelor’s degree recipients who majored in Elementary Education or minored in PreK-12 or Secondary Education and one graduate from the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s five-year Secondary Education/M.S. in Teaching were recognized as Teachers of Promise by the Maryland State Department of Education.