The U.S. World and News Report yearly ranks educational programs in the United States. The publication recently released its 2013 rankings, including those for online master’s in education programs. These rankings are based on a combination of admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology. Programs that excel in at least three of these four categories are placed on the list.
Here are ten of the top online master’s in education programs from across the country:
10. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Breneau is a private institution where application to the master’s program is rolling, and there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The fully online program features 13 full-time and five part-time faculty members, and students can choose to follow a research/policy track or a teaching track.
9. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
With a rolling application process, this private institution features the majority of its courses online. Students can choose either the teaching track or research/policy track, and 51 full-time plus 30 part-time faculty members are available, as well as 24-7 live tech support for all online students.
8. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
This public university also features a rolling application process, as well as seven full-time and three part-time faculty members. Students may choose to explore the teaching track, counseling/psychology track, or administration track. Although the majority of classes are online, students have the option to select some face-to-face courses with university permission.
7. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
All courses at this public institution are available online, so rolling applicants can utilize the 11 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members to complete the degree. Students may choose between the teaching track, counseling/psychology track, and administration track.
6. Pennsylvania State University-World Campus, University Park, Pennsylvania
This public university boasts having all education classes published online, and qualified rolling applicants are never denied enrollment. Students have the options of the research/policy track, teaching track, or administration track in this program, and they can also switch to campus-based education at any time. Tuition fees are equal for both in-state and out-of-state students.
5. University of Houston, Houston, Texas
With 100 percent of the students at this public university already employed, the school offers the convenience of all courses being available online. Each applicant is required to have taken the GRE exam, and the application deadline for the online program is March 1. This program only offers the teaching track, and it is very selective in its acceptance process. With just 25 students enrolled, the university has four full-time and two part-time faculty members.
4. Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois
This public institution requires all prospective students to have taken the GRE exam before applying for rolling admission. Approximately 99 percent of the program’s students are employed before they enter either the teaching track or administration track. The majority of the courses in this program are available online, where students can take advantage of 12 full-time and seven part-time faculty members. Students have the option to change to face-to-face classes if necessary.
3. University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska
All classes at this public university are posted online, so the 97 percent of students who are already employed have the flexibility for their convenience. All prospective students must have taken the GRE exam before applying for the rolling admission; all qualified applicants are admitted. Students can enter the teaching track or administration track and access classes from the 19 full-time and three part-time faculty members.
2. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Each prospective student is required to take the GRE exam for consideration at this rolling application, public university. Almost 95 percent of the students in the teaching track or counseling/psychology track of this program are already employed. The 12 full-time and three part-time faculty members do not deny admission to any qualified applicant, and in-state and out-of-state students face equal tuition fees.
1. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Because 94 percent of the students in this program are employed, all courses are online at this private institution. Each prospective student must take the GRE exam before submitting an application prior to the February 1 deadline. Only the teaching track is available, but the program does not deny enrollment to any qualified applicants. Students have the option to complete the program online with 13 full-time and four part-time instructors, or they can switch to face-to-face campus instruction at any time. Tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.