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Innovations in Teaching and Learning (formerly Curriculum & Instruction)

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.

Degree Types
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Program Cost
$548 per credit
Total credits

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

What You Need to Know About Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Admissions Requirements

  • Application for graduate study (online)
  • Official transcripts conferring bachelor’s degree (minimum of 3.00 GPA*) from an accredited institution; graduate transcripts if applicable.
  • Copy of a Teaching Certificate - Maryland State Department of Education Standard Professional Certificate (SPC I or SPC II). Students with Professional Eligibility Certification or evidence of completion of teacher preparation program and passing Praxis II scores can be accepted in lieu of teacher certification.  Teachers who hold a license or certification from states outside of Maryland must also provide a copy of their teaching certificate.  Students holding Provisional or Conditional teacher certification would not be eligible for the MS in ITL program. Provisional or conditional certificate holders should discuss program options with the Graduate and Professional Studies office.

Please note: Students who have a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA may be admitted provisionally and will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 9-12 credit hours. Students with less than a 2.75 GPA will be considered for provisional admission on a case-by-case basis but may be required to provide additional documentation and/or participate in an interview. Admission may also come with additional conditions.

International Students:

This program requires practicum in the US. It is also delivered primarily online and as a result does not meet the SEVIS regulations for international students to study in the US.  If you are a US citizen living outside of the US, you should contact to discuss your eligibility for admission to this program.


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 Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

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. McDaniel is working toward Initial Accreditation Status for its educator preparation programs with an anticipated accreditation review in Spring 2024.

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.