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Education programs again ranked nationally at the top

October 26, 2011

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education and eight of the School’s core programs again rank among the top 10 in the United States, a distinction unmatched by any other school or college of education. Seven programs rank in the top four in their respective fields.

Overall, the School of Education ranks ninth among more than 200 schools of education nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

 The nation’s education deans, surveyed by U.S. News for the annual publication, consistently rate the School of Education’s core programs among the very best.  In the 2012 edition, the deans ranked UW–Madison:

  • First in curriculum and instruction.
  • First in educational psychology.
  • First in rehabilitation counseling (ranked under health services by program directors and faculty). 
  • Second in administration/supervision.
  • Second in elementary education.
  • Third in secondary education.
  • Fourth in education policy.
  • Sixth in counseling/personnel services.
  • Eleventh in special education.

To rank schools and colleges of education, U.S. News uses a complex formula that changes slightly from year to year. Criteria include peer and superintendent assessments, Graduate Record Examinations scores, doctoral acceptance rate, and research funding.

“We are delighted to be consistently ranked among the nation’s very best colleges of education,” says Dean Julie Underwood. “We are especially pleased that our peers recognize the excellence of our core programs year after year.”

Underwood adds that the School’s pre-eminence is reflected by many other indicators, such as service to constituents and the exceptional caliber of the School’s graduates. Serving and supporting education at all levels throughout Wisconsin and beyond is the School’s central mission, she says.

In previous years, U.S. News ranked other programs within the School of Education.

In 2008, master of fine arts programs were ranked, based on a survey of art school deans and other top art academics.  UW–Madison ranked first in printmaking and tied for third in metals/jewelry. Overall, UW–Madison was tied for 21st.

In the area of health disciplines rated by program directors and faculty, U.S. News in 2008 rated programs in occupational therapy, with UW–Madison’s program, housed in the Department of Kinesiology, tied for 12th.

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