UNE Among Elite 70 in 2021 U.S. News & World Report, Grad Education Rankings
U.S. News & World Report is a recognized leader in graduate school rankings – and UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a top-70 ranking among all Online Master’s in Education programs in the country for 2021.
This prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranking, which surveyed more than 1,200 programs, places UNE in good company among other highly competitive graduate schools that offer programs in Education – and UNE Online is the only school in Maine to earn a top 70 spot.
The online Graduate Education Programs at the University of New England are dedicated to advancing and developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring, and qualified.
Courses are refreshed regularly with new curricula focused on issues important in today’s educational systems in order to provide students with the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders and shape the future of education.
UNE Online’s substantial Education portfolio includes:
- (NEW) Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences
- (NEW) Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online
- MSEd: Master of Science in Education
- MSEd RS: Master of Science in Education: Reading Specialist
- PMC: Post-Master’s Certificate
- CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
- CAGS AEL: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Leadership
- Ed.D.: Doctor of Education
- Non-Matriculated Course Offerings in Education
The Education programs at UNE Online offer a robust, engaging, and highly interactive online learning experience. Some of the outstanding facets of the Graduate Programs in Education include:
- Student support services: UNE Online’s unique model matches each student with their own Student Support Specialist. This high level of support helps students successfully navigate the online student experience and achieve their goals.
- Refreshed classes: Courses are updated on a consistent schedule, using the latest pedagogical best practices, educational technologies, and techniques that move a student toward a greater understanding. These teaching methods ultimately move students toward the achievement of greater independence in the learning process.
- Synchronous opportunities: While the program is 100% online and can be completed asynchronously, many students report feeling more connected and supported when there are opportunities to meet “live” with the instructor and other students. We have integrated these optional elements into our classes through the implementation of video chat office hours and other opportunities for collaboration, debate, and conversation.
- Experienced and engaged faculty: Our faculty hail from all across the United States, are well-connected within their communities, and hold leadership positions in the field of education.
- Optimal faculty ratio: Class sizes average 18 students – small enough so everyone is heard, large enough to support a diversity of perspectives.
- Student collaboration: Discussion posts, small groups, and collaborative group projects are featured in more than half of our courses.
- Active Learning: The majority of course assignments are practical and allow students to apply what they are learning in an authentic classroom setting right away.
- Multimedia: Many course videos feature formative activities such as interactive questions to check for understanding. This provides an engaging way for students to practice with the course material.
Why are rankings helpful to potential students?
The U.S. News & World Report rankings condense a great deal of information about the quality of the education at each school they evaluate, making it easier for students to compare the academic quality of schools.
How rankings are calculated
U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are based on collected data from more than 1,800 colleges and include such factors as SAT and ACT scores, acceptance rates, number of faculty, student-faculty ratios, and graduation and retention rates. A full write-up on their methodology can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website. The following are the five categories in which the Education program was judged:
- Engagement: Quality online graduate education programs grant aspiring teachers and educational administrators opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
- Services and Technologies: Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.
- Student Excellence: Students entering with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments can handle the demands of rigorous coursework. Furthermore, online degrees that schools award judiciously will have greater legitimacy in the job market.
- Faculty Credentials and Training: Strong online programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners.
- Expert Opinion: A survey of high-ranking academic officials in education helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that statistics don’t capture. Also, employers may hold in high regard degrees from programs that academics respect. The weight was increased because of greatly improved response rates to U.S. News’s most recent peer assessment survey.
For more information on the suite of Education programs offered by UNE Online, visit the website at https://online.une.edu/education/degrees/ or download our program guide:
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