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First in Student Counseling and Personnel Services, UMD College of Education’s Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maryland College of Education is placed highly among peer institutions in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 rankings. As a whole, the College of Education is ranked 18th among public universities and 28th among all graduate schools of education  by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed more than 250 institutions nationwide.

 Among student counseling and personnel services' programs nationwide, the College’s graduate program--a joint program with the Department of Psychology--is rated first in the country, a spot it has held for 21 of the last 22 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.

Among colleges of education, UMD COE was ranked 2nd in the state and 7th among the 14 institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. 

“Our highly rated programs reflect our commitment to excellence in research, meaningful strategic partnerships, and academic programs that transform lives and fields of practice,” said UMD College of Education Dean Jennifer King Rice.

The College’s ranked graduate programs include:

  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services - #1 
  • Education Psychology - #6
  • Higher Education - #13
  • Special Education - #16
  • Curriculum and Instruction - #18
  • Secondary Teacher Education - #21
  • Educational Administration - #22
  • Education Policy - #22
  • Elementary Teacher Education - #23 

The College’s curriculum and instruction program advanced one place in the rankings relative to 2021, with educational administration jumping three 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.