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UGA College of Education ranked 5th in country for online degrees

Kathryn Kao

January 14, 2020

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The University of Georgia College of Education continues to rank among the nation’s top online graduate degree programs, according to U.S. News & World Report, which placed the College at No. 5 in its 2020 list of Best Online Master’s Education Programs.

Maintaining the same overall rank from last year, the College of Education also received top marks for a number of online specialty degrees, including educational/instructional media design (No. 6); curriculum and instruction (No. 7); and educational administration and supervision (No. 11).

Most notably, the College’s online bachelor’s degree program in special education rose to No. 10 from the No. 25 spot last year. The B.S.Ed. in special education—UGA’s only online, undergraduate degree—was designed to alleviate the state-wide critical shortage of special education teachers by providing an opportunity for full-time paraprofessionals in the field to earn their degrees.

“The College’s online degree programs offer professionals the opportunity to acquire new knowledge to enhance their expertise while working full time," said Denise A. Spangler, dean of the College of Education. "Our faculty are pleased to offer a wide array of online learning options to meet the needs of professionals in Georgia and beyond.”

Additionally, U.S. News ranked the UGA College of Education at No. 1 for best online master’s education programs for veterans. The national rankings are calculated based on engagement, services and technologies, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, and student excellence.

The College’s high rankings are reflective of the new technologies and teaching methods used by faculty, who aim to keep online courses interactive and engaging for students located around the state and nation. Courses are interactive, embrace project-based learning and help students develop a sense of community with their peers.

In total, the UGA College of Education offers one online undergraduate degree, as well as eight master of education degrees, one educational specialist degree, three teaching endorsements and six graduate-level certificate programs. All online programs at UGA are administered through the Office of Online Learning.

For the full list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.