UAlbany’s School of Education Ranks #4 for Online Master’s in Education Programs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2024) — The University at Albany’s School of Education has ranked #4 in the nation for best online master’s in education programsby U.S. News & World Report. 

The school has placed in the top 10 programs nationwide for eight years in a row and continues to be the top-ranked program in New York and the Northeast region. 

“In our 25th year of successfully providing high-quality online education, the School of Education community is proud to be a trusted leader in this area,” said Virginia Goatley, dean of the School of Education. 

For this year’s rankings, U.S. News measured 303 regionally accredited institutions that offer online master’s in education programs. Programs were assessed and scored based on five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer assessment, services and technologies, and student excellence. 

Engagement was given the greatest weight at 30 percent, with higher scores going to programs that provided students with opportunities to readily interact with instructors and classmates, and experiences that were rewarding enough to keep students enrolled and working toward degree completion in a reasonable amount of time. 

UAlbany’s School of Education offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as graduate certificates in a wide range of education and mental health fields. At the graduate level, programs range from teacher education to literacy, mental health counseling and school psychology, to global education, educational policy and instructional design. Many of these programs are fully online, allowing for flexibility and an individualized learning experience.