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EHE sustains strength in ‘U.S. News’ graduate education rankings

Janet Kiplinger Ciccone
March 16, 2016

College continues to lead in preparing education professionals

The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University continues to rank among the top graduate education programs in the United States, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report guide.

Overall, the College of Education and Human Ecology ranks No. 10 among public universities and No. 5 among Big Ten universities.

The college is No. 18 among 376 public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in education, tied with the University of California-Berkeley.

The college’s academic programs rank in 9 of the U.S. News specialty categories.

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“These rankings indicate our enduring strength in preparing leaders for today’s public schools,” said Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology. “The college continues to invest in our areas of expertise, which includes our focus on effective service to urban schools.”

Erica Brownstein, assistant dean for educator preparation, added, “Our competitive acceptance rates to the program help ensure the highest-quality graduates from our program.”

The college’s areas of expertise include the new EdD in Educational Studies with specializations in two areas: Higher Education and Student Affairs and Educational Administration.

In the second specialization, educational practitioners, professionals and researchers in education may now undertake an innovative approach to advancing their professional skills. In particular, they focus on refining leadership abilities that address problems of practice.

The college has also added graduate interdisciplinary specializations (GIS) to enrich graduate study. The GIS is currently available in Applied Developmental Science in Education, College and University Teaching, Quantitative Research Methods, and Teaching in Virtual Environments.

Well respected nationally and around the world

An EHE doctoral student in the a Counselor Education program guides master An EHE doctoral student in the Counselor Education program guides master's degree students as they work with high school students.

EHE graduate specialty programs received support from deans and district superintendents, placing them among the most highly regarded nationwide.

Eric Anderman, chair of the Department of Educational Studies and a professor of educational psychology, noted, “We are proud of the faculty, students and staff in the department for their scholarship, teaching and outreach that resulted in six ranked programs this year.”

EHE’s top-tier graduate programs in the Department of Educational Studies are, in alphabetical order:

  • Administration and Supervision, No. 11
  • Educational Psychology, No. 12
  • Higher Education Administration, No. 14
  • Special Education, No. 11
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Service, No. 8
  • Vocational/Technical Education, No. 1


Sandra Stroot, professor emerita and interim chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, said, “The hard work of our outstanding faculty and staff, and the quality of students admitted into our graduate programs, have contributed to our many successes in the department. We are pleased to see our programs recognized and valued by others within and outside of our institution.”

Enciso Shakespeare through active approaches Professor Pat Enciso discusses elements of Shakespeare with graduate students.

EHE’s top-tier graduate programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Curriculum/Instruction, No. 9
  • Elementary Teacher Education, No. 11
  • Secondary Teacher Education, No. 11

The survey, released March 16, 2016, serves as a data point for new students to consider as they enroll at Ohio State for 2017-18.

The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools survey is completed by education and graduate study deans and other education professionals, who rate specialty programs. For the overall rankings, schools submit data for criteria ranging from average GRE scores to grant dollars received by faculty.

Learn more about departments, programs and degree programs available in the College of Education and Human Ecology.


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