National rankings: Seven programs in top 5

March 13, 2012

The College of Education at Michigan State University now has seven program areas ranked within the nation’s top 5, according to the latest graduate school rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Two areas – elementary and secondary education – have now been ranked No. 1 for 18 years in a row!

The No. 1 rankings reflect the College of Education’s commitment to improving the practice of teaching and learning in K-12 schools, through research, graduate study and programs that prepare new teachers for careers in elementary and secondary classrooms.

The 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, which hits newsstands April 3, also recognizes the quality of faculty and graduates from several other program areas offered within the College of Education community. In fact, two program areas achieved notable increases in the rankings this year: From #4 to #2 in Higher Education Administration and from #8 to #5 in Administration and Supervision.

In addition, the College of Education was ranked #16 overall — up from #17.

“I am very pleased with the position of a number of our programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education. “We strive to ensure that the teaching, research and outreach conducted by the faculty, students and staff in the College of Education are of the highest quality and are helping to improve education and related professions in the nation and beyond our borders.

“While this is only one validation of our work, it is affirming for us to be recognized by our peers who are surveyed by U.S. News.”

The full list includes:

Elementary education – #1

Secondary education – #1

Rehabilitation counseling – #2

Curriculum and instruction – #2

Higher education administration – #2

Administration/supervision – #5

Educational psychology – #5

Education policy – #11

Special education – #15

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In addition, the doctoral program in kinesiology at MSU, also offered within the College of Education, ranks #6 in the nation, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). Learn more.