UMD College of Education Places Among Top 20 Public Institutions in U.S.

College boasts nine highly ranked graduate programs
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The University of Maryland College of Education placed among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the country, ranking No. 18, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday. Nine graduate programs earned top 20 rankings, with four of these in the top 10 as well. The college’s student counseling and personnel services program–a joint program with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Department of Psychology–is No. 1 in the country.

“To be recognized by our peers for our high-quality teaching and impactful research is an honor,” said Kimberly Griffin, dean of the College of Education. “We have always emphasized providing our students with a robust learning experience, and the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking is just one measure that reflects our commitment to academic and research excellence.”

The College of Education also ranked No. 1 among public graduate schools of education in the state and No. 27 among all U.S. universities, rising from No. 30 last year.

College of Education’s highly ranked graduate programs include: 

Top 10 Graduate Programs

  • Counseling/Personnel Services: No. 1 public, No. 1 overall
  • Educational Psychology: No. 4 public, No. 6 overall
  • Higher Ed Administration: No. 8 public, No. 11 overall          
  • Special Education: No. 10 public, No. 11 overall

Top 20 Graduate Programs

  • Curriculum and Instruction: No. 13 public, No. 17 overall
  • Education Administration: No. 16 public, No. 24 overall
  • Education Policy: No. 11 public, No. 17 overall
  • Elementary Education: No. 11 public, No. 14 overall
  • Secondary Teacher Education: No. 14 public, No. 17 overall            

U.S. News  rankings are based on statistical surveys of more than 2,200 programs and reputation surveys sent to nearly 19,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2022 and early 2023. U.S. News said this year that it placed a greater emphasis this year on outcomes, recognizing that students’ ultimate goal in attending graduate school is likely to become a practicing professional.

The magazine each year ranks graduate programs in education, engineering, business (MBA), law, medicine and nursing, along with a rotating selection of specialty schools and programs.