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Curriculum & Instruction

(Now Innovations in Teaching & Learning)

A program designed to develop the next generation of teacher leaders, the Master’s in Innovations in Teaching and Learning from McDaniel will prepare you to address current classroom trends, needs and challenges.

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About the Program

Effective for the Fall 2020 semester, McDaniel College’s highly regarded Curriculum and Instruction program has been revised, resulting in the new Master of Science in Innovations in Teaching and Learning program. Offered completely online to provide flexible scheduling and convenience to working educators, the program is particularly suitable for educators in PreK–12 schools.

The M.S. in Innovations in Teaching and Learning was designed in partnership with PreK-12 leaders, ensuring that the knowledge and skills you develop are immediately applicable to your practice and relevant to professional growth.

Courses focus on:

  • brain-based teaching and learning,
  • social and emotional learning,
  • instructional technology,
  • teaching diverse populations,
  • teacher leadership and development,
  • assessment and data analysis,
  • problem based instruction,
  • innovative pedagogy.

Why McDaniel for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

We designed our program to put you in the center of the educational process—so you can actively apply theory and research about teaching and learning to your current everyday work while expanding your leadership skills and becoming a master teacher. Relevant problem-based and integrated learning forms the foundation of the program as candidates tackle relevant classroom challenges and apply course content to find innovative solutions. You’ll learn from experienced practitioners who quickly become both mentors and peers.

The Innovations in Teaching and Learning program features:

  • Timely and relevant content—you’ll be able to take what you learn at McDaniel and apply it directly to your classroom or other professional goals
  • Small class sizes that ensure personal attention
  • Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems
  • Support through ongoing and easily accessible advising
  • Highly competitive tuition

Requirements for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you’ll need to:

  • Complete the application for graduate study
  • Send official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.
  • Submit one official professional or academic letter of recommendation. This link will be emailed to your recommender directly from the application.


Degree Requirements

The requirements for successful completion of the degree include:

  • Completion of 33 credits, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better

Certification and Reputation

McDaniel is an established, respected institution in the field of education. This program has been evaluated and approved by:

  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
  • The National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Advancing Your Career

The ITL Program offers multiple paths to leadership in education:

  • Teacher leadership (coaching/mentoring, instructional technology) through instructional and curricular expertise developed in the program.
  • Supervisory leadership (curriculum design, staff development, assessment, etc.) through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.
  • School-building leadership through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.