M.S. in Elementary Education

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Certified teachers looking to expand their skill-set and earn a master’s degree can find what they’re looking for in the M.S. in Elementary Education. The 33-credit program offers the opportunity to work with the program coordinator to self-design an academic plan that meets your individual professional needs. This program does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Candidates are 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. Eligible course work from other master's programs offered through McDaniel College may also be incorporated into this program. Candidates will also have the option to add endorsements to their teaching certificate including, but not limited to, Administrator I Certification. 

M.S. in Elementary Education Course Catalog »

McDaniel certificate options include:

• Administrator I Certification
• Elementary Math Instructional Leader (EMIL)
• Elementary STEM Instructional Leader (ESIL)
• Equity and Excellence in Education
• Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES)
• Learning Technology Specialist
• Writing for Children and Young Adults

Why McDaniel

• Faculty are highly engaged educational leaders.

• Convenient schedules fit your busy schedule.

• Online courses are available.

• Flexible program plans.

• Highly competitive tuition.

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 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

• Two official letters of recommendation

Note: Candidates should schedule a meeting with the program coordinator upon initial Admission to develop an individual Program of Study. 

Degree Requirements

• Minimum 3.00 G.P.A., limit one course grade of “C”

• Successful completion of an individually developed project or thesis


Dr. Daria Buese

 Dr. Daria Buese, Program Coordinator

Career Opportunities for Graduates

• The Elementary Ed. Program prepares certified teachers to expand their teaching repertoire.

• Adding endorsements to your existing teaching certificate increases opportunities within your school district. 

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


1. How do I apply? 
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.

2. Does this program lead to initial teaching certification?
No, those interested in initial teaching certification should see our M.S. in Teaching.

3. I am a certified teacher… can I build my program using multiple McDaniel certificate programs?
Yes. Candidates may combine up to two certification programs within the master's curriculum or select one focus area and choose individual courses from other programs. 

4. I am interested in becoming an Administrator, is that path available to me?
Absolutely! The eighteen (18) credit Administrator I Certification program can be integrated into the master's degree.