U.S. News ranks Education at Illinois in top 25 with two top-10 academic departments

by the College of Education at Illinois  /   Mar 14, 2017

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Long regarded as a leader in education, Education at Illinois was again ranked as a top-25 college for its graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. During the last decade, the College has consistently received a top-25 ranking from the publication.

Along with its overall No. 24 U.S. News ranking for 2018, the College had two academic departments in the publication’s top-10 list as ranked by education school deans: Educational Psychology (tied for No. 5) and Special Education (No. 10).

Along with those two departments, four other disciplinary areas within the College were ranked in the top 20: curriculum and instruction, educational administration/supervision, elementary education, and secondary education. 

“We are obviously pleased by these rankings, which validate the fine job our scholars are doing in an inter- and cross-disciplinary research environment,” said Interim Dean James D. Anderson. “Our faculty and students in special education are bridging the STEM gap for students with disabilities, and our Counseling Psychology Program received a number one ranking by College Choice last year. These departments are prominently shaping the future through highly worthy teaching, research, and service.”

While many factors are considered in rankings, Education at Illinois faculty members consistently lead important research projects, with granting agencies taking notice. In 2016, eight National Science Foundation grants and two Institute of Education Sciences grants were awarded to Education at Illinois scholars. Recently, Associate Professor Jennifer Cromley of the Department of Educational Psychology was awarded an NSF grant for her project “Meta-Analysis to Support an Integrated Theory of Multimedia Learning.”  Additionally, the College’s graduate student population is highly diverse, with alumni who are regularly in high demand for jobs following graduation.

In January, U.S. News ranked the Education at Illinois online graduate program in the top 10, giving it a No. 10 ranking alongside four other schools. The College has been an innovator in online education since 1998 and has continually expanded its programs, last year adding an online Ed.D. option.

The College of Education at Illinois is a world-class institution recognized for its groundbreaking research, the preparation of leaders in education, and community outreach and service. View the Best Grad Schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.