M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction

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McDaniel College’s highly regarded Master of Science (M.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is ideal for educators in schools and colleges, as well as those that hold staff development roles within business and social service organizations.

The M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction is a 34.5 credit program that empowers educators to increase their knowledge and skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum and in engaging the educational community in these efforts. Current theories, research, and technologies are applied to the improvement of the learning process at all levels. This program can also be completed online, which you can learn more about here.

M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction Course Catalog »

Why Choose McDaniel’s C&I Program?

McDaniel's C&I program has been in existence at the college for more than 20 years. The program is well-regarded throughout the state of Maryland and from 2003-2011, McDaniel conferred 40% of all C&I degrees in the state.

Our pedagogical approach places the candidate in the center of the educational process. Coursework has been developed to allow our students to actively apply theory and research about teaching and learning to their current everyday work. Candidates learn from experienced practitioners who quickly become both mentors and peers.

Multiple Specializations and Capstone Options

Students are able to select a specialization area so that they can enhance their abilities in a specific pedagogical or content area of interest. They can choose from the administration specialization or the generalist specialization, which both consist of four classes. Administration specialists can also earn an Administrator I Certificate by completing a post-degree internship.

Candidates are also given the choice of three capstone experiences. These include: portfolio experience, synthesis experience, and action research experience and take the place of a master’s thesis.

Flexible Learning

Our curriculum and instruction master’s program is dynamic and responds to changing trends and issues in education. This allows for better application in real-world scenarios. In addition to an always changing curriculum, our specializations allow for a more focused education based on your instructional areas and interests.

In addition to our main campus in Westminster, we also offer this program at four off-campus centers in Maryland. Furthermore, we have cohort agreements with Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties for teachers in those areas to take the program as a group. Interested? Learn more now!

Dr. Daria Buese , C&I Program Coordinator

Why McDaniel

  • Highly applicable content—apply what you’ve learned in our classroom in your classroom
  • Learn to make practical applications of educational  research in your classroom
  • Flexible scheduling and a variety of delivery methods to fit your busy life (face-to-face, hybrid and online offerings)
  • This program is offered at multiple locations—choose the one that is nearest you
  • Special cohort groups frequently formed with area school districts
  • Small class sizes ensure personal attention from faculty
  • Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems make the program relevant and responsive to local concerns
  • Candidates are supported through ongoing and easily accessible advising
  • Highly competitive tuition

This program has been evaluated and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Admissions Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 34.5 credits, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better throughout the program:
  • 7 core C&I curriculum courses (21 credits)
  • Completion of 4 elective courses (12 credits)
  • Completion of Capstone Experience (1.5 credits)

Important Dates

Summer 2019 Application Deadline is April 30th

Fall 2019 Application Deadline is July 31st

Spring 2020 Application Deadline is December 15th

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and official supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. This allows for the application to be processed and reviewed, for account creation, and for registration into classes. The following dates reflect when registration opens for each term.

Summer Semester – April 1
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – December 1

**Please note, off-site education cohorts have until September 6th for entrance into the fall 2019 term to submit applications and supporting documents for consideration.

Students are assigned an advisor who will guide them as to which courses they will be taking each semester. Anyone admitted after the opening of registration may be placed on a wait list for certain desired courses.


Information meetings are held regularly in each county in which cohorts programs are offered. Contact Andrea Selivan at aselivan@mcdaniel.edu or 410-871-3340 for information about cohorts and specific meeting dates.

Important Dates – Cohort Recruitment
County Program Offered Semester of Information Meetings Semester Start Date
Anne Arundel County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Fall Spring
C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Fall Spring
Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Carroll County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist and Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Cecil County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Spring Summer or Fall
C&I Master’s Degree - Leadership Spring Summer or Fall
Administrator I Certification Spring Summer or Fall
Frederick County C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Fall Spring
Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Howard County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Fall Spring
C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership



Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Montgomery County C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Spring Fall
Administrator I Certification




Dr. Daria Buese, Interim Program Coordinator

Dr. Daria Buese, Interim Program Coordinator




Dr. Jeanne Paynter

Dr. Jeanne Paynter, Area Coordinator




Dr. Elizabeth Aitken

Dr. Elizabeth Aitken, Area Coordinator



Randi Shamer, Administrator

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The C&I 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.

Program Locations

Main McDaniel Campus in Westminster

Off-Campus Centers in Maryland

  • Arundel Mills
  • Calvert County
  • Charles County
  • Prince George’s County

Counties with cohort agreements

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Carroll County
  • Cecil County
  • Frederick County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County


How do I apply?
Go to How to Apply for application procedures and forms.

Is there a GPA requirement?
There is no GPA requirement for admittance into the program. However, the grade of B or better must be achieved in each of the first three courses taken in order to continue in the program. You must also successfully complete CUR 556: Introduction to the Capstone Experience.

How long does it take to complete the C&I Program?
The program can be completed in two years by taking one or two courses each fall and spring and three courses each summer.  The program must be completed within six years.

Is there a thesis requirement?
In lieu of a master’s thesis, candidates have one of three capstone experience options:

  • Portfolio Experience
  • Synthesis Experience
  • Action Research

Who can I contact for more information?
General questions about the program can be directed to Ms. Andrea Selivan at aselivan@mcdaniel.edu or 410-871-3340. She can answer your questions and direct you to an academic advisor.

What is a cohort?
The C&I Program has negotiated agreements with several counties in Maryland to deliver the program for teachers in those counties. Teachers in those counties take the program as a group or cohort according to a pre-determined schedule. A special tuition rate is available for cohort members and classes are held in county schools rather than on the McDaniel campus. You must be a county employee who is eligible for a tuition benefit with that county.

Counties with cohort agreements:

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Carroll County
  • Cecil County
  • Frederick County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County

What cohort options are available?
Depending on the agreement with a particular county, available program formats are:

  • Master of Science in Education – Generalist Focus
  • Master of Science in Education – Leadership Focus
  • Administrator I Certification – This program is for teachers already holding a master’s degree who wish to obtain an Administrator I certificate.  It is a five-course (15 credit) program with an additional internship requirement.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

Anne Arundel County Public Schools: April 25, 2019

Carroll County Public Schools: April 16, 2019

Montgomery County Public Schools: June 4, 2019