McDaniel College

Graduate and Professional Studies



2 College Hill

Westminster, MD 21157

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Want to become a certified teacher and earn a master’s degree at the same time? The Better Educators for Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Master’s program 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, social studies, and Spanish) or Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 (art, music, and physical education). Additionally, the BEST program can prepare teachers in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Special Education with additional coursework and successful completion of Praxis II. Candidates who successfully complete the program earn Maryland initial teaching certification and a Master of Science degree. Key Features of the BEST 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.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 43-50

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 490.00 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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