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Elementary Education, M.S.

McDaniel’s Master’s in Elementary Education is a program for certified teachers who want to add to their professional toolkit and earn a master’s degree from one of the best colleges in Maryland.

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In Person , Hybrid , Online
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About the Program

Tailored To Your Goals, Your Life

The 33-credit program offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with the program coordinator to self-design an academic plan that meets your individual professional needs. You’ll be encouraged to select an academic focus from a variety of McDaniel certificate programs and will have the ability to combine them to create a unique plan of study. You will also have the option to add endorsements to your teaching certificate, including:

  • Administrator I Certification
  • Elementary Math Instructional Leader
  • Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES)
  • STEM Instructional Leadership

Why McDaniel Elementary Education

You're looking to become a master teacher. We’ve designed our program to make sure it meets the needs of today’s best educators.

  • Reputation. McDaniel’s programs in education are respected across Maryland and the region.
  • Convenience. Courses are offered at times convenient for working adults, both in-person and online.
  • Flexibility. The self-designed course of study means you’ll get personalized guidance to build a program that meets your unique professional goals.

Requirements for an M.S. Elementary Education Degree

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Two official letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of 33 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Successful completion of an individually developed project or thesis

Advancing Your Career

The Elementary Education Program prepares certified teachers to:

  • Expand your teaching repertoire and content knowledge
  • Add endorsements to your existing teaching certificate
  • Increase opportunities within your school district

Top Alumni Skills

Our alumni report having developed the following skills following the completion of their program:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Educational Technologies
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Instructional Design