Graduate Degrees, Programs, and Specializations
The College of Education provides cutting-edge professional education through its Master’s, Ph.D., and Ed.D. degrees. Graduate students are presented with rigorous and innovative experiences. Students have opportunities to learn from and work with world-renowned faculty leaders in their respective fields. Classroom experiences and research opportunities are interwoven, assuring our students develop their skills as future practitioners, faculty, and researchers. Throughout the programs students investigate the characteristics of learners, contextual influences, instructional practices, and policy issues that affect the teaching, learning, and development of children, youth, and adults. State of the art assessment and measurement tools are also integrated.
Our unique location just outside Washington, D.C., allows students many opportunities to experience policymaking firsthand. Faculty and students have access to and potential influence on national, state and local policymakers, policy organizations, granting agencies, the national academies, and professional organizations.
The College is also committed to international engagement and supports opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students have many options to explore international work through study abroad programs and experience personally global perspectives. Our enhanced location and strong base of faculty accomplishments in comparative international education through the Office of International Initiatives make these opportunities attractive to students.
Nine of our programs are ranked in the top 20 in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report, including:
- Counseling and Personnel Services department, ranked #1 for the twelfth consecutive year;
- Educational Psychology (7th);
- Special Education (9th);
- Higher Education Administration; Education Leadership, Higher Education, and International Education (10th);
- Education Policy (13th);
- Elementary Teacher Education (13th);
- Secondary Teacher Education (14th);
- Curriculum and Instruction (15th); and
- Education Administration & Supervision (16th).