UAlbany’s School of Education Recognized as a 14th Ranked Online Graduate Degree Program

Albany, NY (February 8, 2016) - The University at Albany School of Education hosts online graduate education programs ranked in the top 5% in the nation, according to the most recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Education is the top-ranked public online graduate education program in New York State, with only one private institution ranked higher.

The School of Education was ranked among 267 regionally accredited public, private and for-profit institutions that grant online master's degrees in education. U.S. News & World Report ranks online graduate education programs on 5 measures—student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

School of Education Dean Robert Bangert-Drowns stated, “These high rankings reflect the School’s commitment to quality in online education, the dedication of our faculty to rigorous teaching and learning, and the support provided to ensure a positive experience for our students.”

The School of Education has been providing high-quality online education for nearly 20 years, and these recent rankings apply to the degree and certificate programs offered by the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning. The School of Education offers online masters programs in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, and Reading as well as a certificate program that prepares educators to teach online.

UAlbany Associate Provost for Online Learning Peter Shea noted that the School of Education is a leader in online learning and that the University has goals to build on these and other successful programs. “The University has eight fully online degree and certificate programs with nine other program areas in development,” said Shea, adding “these new rankings demonstrate that we can extend educational access in a manner that reflects the academic excellence of the University at Albany.”

In addition to the five online programs in the School of Education, the University has a complete online undergraduate degree option in Informatics, a Masters of Public Health and a certificate program in Public Health. New online masters and certificate programs are in development in Information Studies, International Education Management, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Special Education, Computer Science Education, and International Health and Human Rights with additional online course development in other areas.

Commenting on similarities between measures used to rank online programs and classroom programs, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs James Stellar stated, “There is a seamless integration between our online and traditional instruction, we employ the same mix of excellent faculty, and have similarly high levels of engagement with students in both environments; we are proud to receive the recognition for our efforts indicated by these new rankings.”

Read the UAlbany Press Release.