Jan 10th, 2012 @ 8:17 am | Author:
Valley City State University's online Master of Education program earned national rankings in U.S.News & World Report's first-ever edition of Top Online Education Programs. Appearing in the category "Graduate Programs – Education," VCSU's is the only program offered by a North Dakota college or university to be ranked in this category.

"This honor reaffirms the outstanding quality of our teacher education program and the national reputation the program has earned," said Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU. "Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly in building a program that is highly accessible, is of high quality, and meets the needs of education professionals throughout North Dakota and beyond. This latest national recognition is a clear sign of their success."

In this first year of publication, U.S. News surveyed all 1,053 regionally accredited institutions it determined offered at least one master's level program in education in 2010. It considered only programs with at least 80 percent of their course content available online and which could supply a full academic year's worth of data (161 institutions). The ranking indicators applied some of the standards used for traditional schools plus new measures specific to online programs. The indicators in which VCSU's program received a national ranking include:

- Student Services & Technology (ranked #51)
- Faculty Credentials & Training (ranked #57)
- Student Engagement & Accreditation(ranked #53)

More information on the rankings is available at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education.

VCSU became a graduate degree granting institution in 2005 and its graduate enrollment has grown every year since. VCSU's Master of Education is fully accredited and is offered 100% online to meet the needs of practicing teachers. Available concentrations include Teaching and Technology (with options in English Education, Elementary Education, Teaching & Learning and Music Technology), English Language Learners, Library and Information Technologies, and Technology Education. More information about the program is available at www.vcsu.edu/graduate.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.