M.S. in Teaching


Want to become a certified teacher and earn a master’s degree at the same time?  The Master of Science in Teaching program, formerly known as Better Educators for Students of Tomorrow (BEST), from McDaniel provides the coursework and experiences necessary for initial certification in elementary (Grades 1-6), secondary (Grades 7-12 including biology, chemistry, English, French, German, mathematics, physics, and social studies) or Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 (art, music, physical education, French, German, and Spanish). 

M.S. in Teaching Course Catalog »


Candidates who successfully complete the program earn Maryland initial teaching certification and a Master of Science degree.

Key Features of the M.S. in Teaching program include:

• Nationally accredited program. Teaching certification gained through program is accepted by many PreK-12 employers across the U.S.  If you are interested in teaching in a state other than Maryland we suggest you contact that state’s department of education and/or local districts of interest to confirm that a Maryland certification is reciprocal. 

• Full-time students can obtain a master's degree and initial teacher certification in approximately 2 ½  years.

• Courses offered at times convenient for working adults.

• Extensive classroom experience offers effective instructional strategies and behavioral management techniques.

• Empowers teachers to become continuous life-long learners and reflective practitioners.

Why McDaniel

• Earn a degree that means something - McDaniel is highly regarded throughout MD and PA for teacher education

• Become certified to teach in Maryland

• Small class sizes and engaged faculty ensure that you receive the personal attention you deserve

•  Flexible schedules, summer offerings, some online offerings, and classes held in the late afternoon and evening allow you to fit full-time education into your busy schedule

• Extensive field experiences at area public schools provide you with effective instructional practices, classroom management techniques and mentoring

•  A combination of theory and effective teaching practices equip you with the skills to handle a variety of classroom environments and learners

• Opportunities to network with peers and school district administrators to make professional connections

• Highly applicable content—apply what you’ve learned in our classroom in your classroom

• Candidates are supported through ongoing and easily accessible advising

• 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 and a 2.75 cumulative grade point average in coursework required for certification

• Three official letters of recommendation

• All prospective candidates in the Teaching program must successfully complete an in-person interview with an advisor

Note: Secondary and Pre-K 12 Education candidates should have a major in a teaching field or the equivalent coursework in a major related to their area of concentration (min. 30 hours)

Additional Requirements After  Acceptance

• PRAXIS Core, GRE, SAT, or ACT test scores that meet the MSDE minimum requirements

• Complete a criminal background record check through fingerprinting and disclosures

• Completion of all requisite undergraduate-level content courses

• Appropriate Professional Dispositions as determined by the course instructors

Degree Requirements

• Minimum 3.00 GPA

• Successful portfolio review documenting mastery of core teacher standards

• A one-semester full-time teaching internship

• Original research project on a topic related to classroom practice

• Qualifying scores on PRAXIS II


Dr. Susan Travetto, Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Travetto, Program Coordinator

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Teacher in a classroom

"McDaniel's B.E.S.T. program not only taught me how to be an effective educator but also developed my personal strengths in order to teach students in the most effective manner. The program's professors and mentor teachers are world-class, as they dedicate their time and efforts to bettering your education. I currently teach at an IB/MYP (International Baccalaureate/Middle Years Programme) school where there is a stringent focus on curriculum, instructional methods, and assessment. McDaniel's Education Department pushed me to be ready for such a challenge and I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for McDaniel. I'm honored to call myself an alumnus." ~Jay Eaton '12

The BEST Program prepares graduates for the following career paths:

  • Certified teacher in Elementary
  • Certified teacher in secondary biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies
  • Certified teacher in  PreK-12 art, music or physical education, French, German, and Spanish

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


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.


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

2. Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes, a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA and a 2.75 GPA in coursework required for certification.

3. How long does it take to complete the BEST Program?
The program can be completed in as little as 2 ½ years while maintaining a full-time courseload.  You must complete practicum experiences and full-time student teaching to complete the program.  The program must be completed within six years.

4. Is there a thesis requirement?
In lieu of a master’s thesis, candidates must complete the following while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA:

• Successful portfolio review documenting mastery of key teaching skills

• One-semester teaching internship

• Original research project on a topic related to classroom practice

5. Who can I contact for more information?
General questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Susan Travetto at stravetto@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2511.

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• Nationally (NCATE)- recognized program.  Certificate is reciprocal in 48 states

• Meets professional standards and requirements for initial teacher certification established by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

• Provides certification in either elementary or secondary education (including art, biology, chemistry, English, French, German, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, social studies or Spanish)

• Student teaching and practicum experiences help you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom

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