The online master’s in education and bachelor’s programs at Valley City State University have been ranked in the U.S. News 2020 Best Online Programs. The national rankings cover accredited degree-granting online programs.
VCSU’s online master of education (M.Ed) program was ranked 144th of 298 programs, while the online bachelor’s programs at VCSU were ranked 183rd of 345 programs.
“We’re excited about once again being selected as one of the best online master’s in education programs,” said James Boe, Ph.D., VCSU dean for graduate studies and extended learning. “We take pride in being able to offer quality programs that are flexible enough for teachers with full-time jobs, coaching responsibilities and families. The program has numerous field experiences where candidates can implement new instructional technology, conduct laboratory activities, observe in other classrooms, co-teach and more. Our goal is to improve teaching and learning and provide our graduates with the knowledge and skills to make it happen.”
The VCSU master of education (M.Ed.) program offers six concentrations: elementary education, English education, library and information technologies, teaching English language learners, teaching and technology, and technology education. The university also offers a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) program, designed to help individuals with degrees in non-teaching fields earn teaching licenses.
Online bachelor’s programs at VCSU include business education, business process integration management, career and technical education, communication, English education, history, history education, music, social science, social science education, and technology education.
The U.S. News rankings are based on methodologies using data from a statistical survey and a peer reputation survey. Although the methodologies differ for the master’s in education and bachelor’s programs, both rely on measures of engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and expert opinion.
Include in these measures are graduation rates, use of best practices, class sizes, retention rates, student indebtedness, technological infrastructure, support services, terminal degree faculty and tenured faculty, and faculty preparedness to teach distance learners.
The U.S. News online programs rankings can be found at www.usnews.com/education/online-education