Two online graduate programs for educators rank among the nation’s best

 Class Notes. Graduate. Librarians
January 12, 2016

U.S. News & World Report has ranked two McDaniel College graduate programs for educators among the nation’s “2016 Best Online Programs” released Jan. 12.

McDaniel placed #66 out of nearly 200 schools in the U.S. News “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” for the college’s Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and School Librarianship master’s degree programs, both of which can be completed entirely online.

“McDaniel is known as a top provider of graduate education for certified teachers, future teachers and administrators,” said McDaniel President Roger N. Casey. “We are extremely proud of the success of our graduate alumni, including the 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer.”

McDaniel has offered graduate courses in TESOL since 2001 with the TESOL master’s degree program created in 2007. McDaniel’s TESOL program is designed to promote excellence in teaching speakers of other languages and graduates of the program go on to teach English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), English as a foreign language or a foreign language, or work in a government or corporate position that requires the teaching of, or interacting with, speakers of other languages. Students have the option to complete their degree completely online, face-to-face or a hybrid (online and face-to-face).

Graduate degree programs for school librarians have been available since the college began offering master’s degrees in the mid-1930s. In 2012, McDaniel converted the program to completely online when 12 Maryland teachers from underserved regions of the state were awarded full scholarships due in part to a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant that the college received. The group of educators completed the online program in May 2015.

According to Mike Tyler, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, “McDaniel’s over 20 graduate programs and certificates for educators range from full M.S. programs to specialized certificates and course sequences that are designed to help teachers develop their skill-sets, specialize in specific areas of education or prepare to become administrators. These programs are offered on campus at McDaniel, online and also onsite in partnership with school districts throughout Maryland.”

In addition to the graduate programs available for educators, other graduate programs at McDaniel include master’s degrees in Liberal Arts, Mental Health Counseling, Human Resources Development and Human Resources Management. McDaniel’s master’s degree in Gerontology and graduate certificate in Gerontology are offered 100 percent online and certificates in Romance Writing, Writing for Children and Young Adults and the Learning Technologies Specialist are available exclusively online.

The U.S. News rankings only include degree-granting programs that are offered predominately online, which excludes partially online offerings. To compile the list, U.S. News evaluated schools based on levels of student engagement and the quality of student services and technologies, as well as admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and peer reputation.

Coordinator of School Librarianship Mona Kerby with May 2015 graduates Jenn Lungociu, Brittany Powers, Michelle Phillips, Jacob Gerding, Donna Dick, and Diane Bell, and instructor Lorraine Brunn