UMD College of Education Ranked Among Top 25 U.S. Graduate Education Schools

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The University of Maryland College of Education placed among the top 25 graduate education schools in the nation, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today. The college ranked No. 25, rising from No. 27 last year. Among public graduate schools of education in the nation, the college ranked No. 16, advancing two spots from last year. The college also remains the No. 1 ranked public graduate school of education in Maryland.

“I am deeply proud of the work EdTerps do, and I am pleased that the College of Education has been recognized as one of the top U.S. graduate schools of education in the nation,” said Dean Kimberly Griffin. “This distinction reflects our commitment to pursuing bold, impactful research and to creating a supportive community where we cultivate transformational leaders and practitioners.”

In addition, U.S. News highly rated all nine of the UMD College of Education’s ranked specialty programs, placing them in the top 25 among all institutions and the top 20 among public institutions, with five in the top 10.

Top 10 Graduate Programs:

Curriculum and Instruction: No. 8 public, No. 11 overall
Education Policy: No. 9 public, No. 16 overall
Educational Psychology: No. 3 public, No. 4 overall
Higher Education Administration: No. 8 public, No. 11 overall
Student Counseling and Personnel Services: No. 3 public, No. 3 overall

Top 20 Graduate Programs:

Educational Administration and Supervision: No. 16 public, No. 21 overall
Elementary Teacher Education: No. 13 public, No. 16 overall
Secondary Teacher Education: No. 15 public, No. 18 overall
Special Education: No. 11 public, No. 12 overall

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate schools in education, engineering, business (MBA), law, medicine and nursing, along with a rotating selection of specialty schools and programs. U.S. News rankings are based on statistical surveys of more than 2,200 programs, as well as reputation surveys sent to nearly 17,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2023 and early 2024.

U.S. News evaluated more than 250 education schools this year using measures including research activity, student-faculty ratio, graduate degrees granted, faculty awards, academic excellence of entering students, and opinions on program quality from deans at education schools and school superintendents and hiring professionals.

U.S. News ranks specialty education programs in nine categories. Education program rankings are based on nominations from deans at education schools. Deans may nominate up to 15 exemplary programs for this recognition, and programs that receive at least seven nominations are included in the rankings. Programs are ranked by the number of nominations they receive.