UMass Amherst’s School of Education Ranked Among Top Graduate Programs by U.S. News & World Report

April 30, 2010

The College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers one of the top graduate programs in the country, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Of the 172 graduate schools of education on the list, UMass Amherst is 47th, tied with Temple University and the University of Tennessee.

U.S. News bases its rankings on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The statistical indicators are measures of the qualities that students and faculty bring to the educational experience and measures of graduates’ achievements linked to their degrees. During the fall of 2009 and earlier this year, the magazine surveyed 279 graduate programs in education to get the information used in the ranking of top education schools.

With 53 tenured and tenure-track faculty, the UMass Amherst College of Education enrolls about 396 students and offers advanced degrees with concentrations in educational administration, education policy and leadership, higher education, international education, research and evaluation methods, school counselor education, school psychology, social justice education, special education, child and family studies, early childhood and elementary teacher education, language, literacy and culture, mathematics, science and learning technologies and secondary teacher education.

The ratio of full-time doctoral students to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty is 4 to 1. The school operates four national research centers.

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