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Beth Aitken
  • Lecturer/Coordinator of the Counseling Program

Graduate & Professional Studies

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I am an avid learner who is thrilled with new opportunities to learn and engage in the world. I earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park. After 30+ years in K-12 and higher education, I earned my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College. I earned my Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) license from the state of Maryland where I now have a private practice serving the needs of adults and couples. I am a certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and have received additional training and certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Trauma. I currently serve as the Program Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs at McDaniel.


M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, McDaniel College
Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Development, University of Maryland, College Park
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Regent University
B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests

  • Teacher development

  • Assessment policy

  • Curriculum innovation

Recent Courses

  • CUR 509: Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • CUR 512: Curriculum Analysis, Planning, and Evaluation

  • CUR 501: Curriculum Trends and Issues

Clubs and community involvement

  • Graduate Policy and Standards Committee

  • Graduate Assessment Committee

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA, Division B

  • Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, University of Maryland

  • Judith Rushkin Research Award, Maryland ASCD

  • President's Award, CEASOM

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Regent University

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela