About the School

The nationally ranked and accredited programs of the School of Education have been the springboard to outstanding careers in numerous fields. At UAlbany, students participate in a community of scholarship with a legacy of enhancing education in New York State and the nation, and which today is fulfilling a commitment to serve the 21st Century need of educators around the world.

The School’s renowned research faculty explores profound change in teaching and learning, literacy, international educational policy, educational technology, mental health counseling and human development. The University’s strategic location in New York’s Capital Region and Tech Valley offers valuable opportunities for internships as well as inquiry into and implementation of researched-based solutions for schools and communities.

Faculty & Program Excellence

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 survey of the nation’s best graduate schools of education ranks UAlbany as number one among SUNY institutions and 5th among all universities in New York State.  Its 2017 survey of the best online graduate education programs ranks UAlbany as 8th in the nation. Our 20 years of experience in online learning has made us the top-ranked online graduate education program in New York State.

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology is ranked 4th in faculty publication productivity by The Counseling Psychologist, the leading journal in the field.

National accreditation, signifying attainment of the nation’s most rigorous quality standards, has been achieved by several of the School’s degree programs:


The School’s research and development activities encompass 15 centers and institutes and are supported by millions of dollars in external funding. These projects entail collaboration with educators, mental health professionals and scientist in the region and with national and international policymakers and initiatives. School of Education students find rich opportunity to investigate the latest research-based models to education’s most significant practical, theoretical and policy issues and to test the efficacy of these models in practice.

Alumni Practitioners

The strength of the School of Education’s programs is reflected in its alumni, who are contributing their expertise throughout the nation and the world as:

  • Researchers
  • Teachers and professors
  • Psychologists and counselors
  • Literacy specialists
  • Educational software designers
  • Special education instructors
  • Program evaluators and curriculum specialists
  • College, university, school and district administrators
  • Government policymakers