Online Graduate Programs in Education Among Best in U.S.

07.16.2014 | Education
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Online programs at the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences are among the best in the U.S., according to a new national ranking.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Dayton's online graduate education program #55 out of 238 schools nationwide surveyed in the 2014 Best Online Education Program Rankings. The ranking is a significant improvement over the 2013 ranking of #123.

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"We're pleased with the improvement in ranking because it validates the efforts we've been taking to improve the quality of our online program, and we will continue those efforts," said Kevin Kelly, dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences.

Schools in the U.S. News report are ranked based on a composite score of categories including student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

Graduate students can enroll in online courses through the Department of Teacher Education, the Department of Educational Leadership and the doctor of educational leadership program.  More than 15 degrees, certificates and endorsements are available entirely online, including Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy (M.S.E.), Educational Leadership (M.S.E.), Technology-Enhanced Learning (M.S.E. and certificate), principal and superintendent licensure, and endorsements for reading and Teacher as Leader.

"Most of our graduate students have jobs and families where time is at a premium," Kelly said. "Online programs make graduate education accessible to these students while they are engaged in their other roles."

Much of the reason for the improved ranking from 2013 is increased support services and a changed model of support, said Jayne Brahler, Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Health Sciences and Online Learning. In addition to regular business hours, online support help is available during evening and weekend hours using a form page that assigns workers and tracks progress online.

"The extended support allows online instructors to seek assistance from online support staff when it's needed, allowing instructors to respond more quickly to student requests," Brahler said.

She added that the online programs also boast great instructor accessibility, great administrative assistance, rolling admissions, campus visits not required and online textbook purchasing.