University of Maryland College of Education Among Best in Nation According to U.S. News & World Report

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The University of Maryland College of Education placed highly among peer institutions in the 2023 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, ranking number 30 among more than 250 graduate schools of education nationwide. 

Among student counseling and personnel services nationwide, the College’s graduate program--a joint program with the Department of Psychology--is number one in the country, a spot it has held for 22 of the last 23 years. Remarkably, nine UMD College of Education graduate programs are ranked in the top 25 nationwide, with education psychology joining counseling and personnel services as a top 10 program.  Eight of the College’s ranked programs make the top 20. 

Among colleges of education, UMD College of Education ranked 2nd in the state and 7th among the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which is comprised of 14 institutions. 

“The most recent US News rankings continue to reflect and affirm the College’s commitment to excellence, and the ability we have to transform lives. That our College has once again achieved such peer recognition while facing and overcoming all the pandemic-related challenges and burdens of the past two years speaks not just to the quality and achievements of our faculty, staff, and students, but their dedication as well,” said UMD College of Education Interim Dean Laura Stapleton. 

The College’s ranked graduate programs include: 

  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services - #1 
  • Education Psychology - #7
  • Higher Education - #12
  • Special Education - #14
  • Elementary Teacher Education - #18
  • Secondary Teacher Education - #18
  • Education Policy - #19
  • Curriculum and Instruction - #20
  • Educational Administration - #24 

The College’s higher education program advanced one place in the rankings relative to 2022, with special education moving up by two spots, secondary education and education policy jumping up three places, and elementary education leaping five spots as compared to last year.

U.S. News & World Report determines its rankings using a number of factors, which include assessments of institutional and program quality by education leaders and professionals, student selectivity and admissions data, and faculty research activity.