The College of Education at the University of Maryland ranks 21st in the nation among the top colleges of education by the 2008 U.S. News & World Report survey. The Department of Counseling and Personnel Services has ranked first in the nation for eight consecutive years. The College holds 10 rankings in the top 20, with five of those rankings in the top 10. College programs prepare educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, researchers, and educational specialists. Graduates work with individuals from infancy through adulthood in schools, community agencies, colleges, and universities.
Educational programs are accredited and approved by the following: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Maryland State Department of Education, American Psychological Association, Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professions, and Council on Rehabilitation Education. The unit is directed by the Interim Dean of the College of Education, Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., Ph.D.
The College offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in research-and practice-oriented specializations in six departments: Counseling and Personnel Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy and Leadership; Human Development; Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation; and Special Education. The fall 2006 program enrollments include 821 undergraduate majors and 1,181 graduate majors.