UNK Among Top Schools in the Nation for Online Masters in Education Programs

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – The reputation of the University of Nebraska at Kearney for training high-level teachers and administrators is no secret.

Year after year, UNK receives recognition for the academic programs that enable these professionals to further their careers – and 2022 is no exception.

UNK remains one of the top schools in the nation for people pursuing an online master’s degree in education, according to the latest rankings from US News & World Report. Released on Tuesday, the publication’s annual list of “Best Online Master’s Degree Programs in Education” compares 337 public and private institutions of all sizes, with UNK ranking in the top 12%.

In a seven-way tie for 34th place, UNK is the highest-ranked NCAA Division II school on the list. Only Creighton University, tied for eighth, ranks higher than UNK among Nebraska schools. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is also tied for 34th.

“This ranking is a reflection of the quality of the programs offered by the UNK College of Education and the commitment shown by everyone who works here,” said Mark Reid, dean of the college. “I am so proud of the faculty and staff who contribute to this success every day and grateful for the administrative support that allows us to thrive. »

The US News & World Report ranking includes graduate programs where “the vast majority” of required courses can be taken remotely. The programs were judged on five categories – engagement, student excellence, academic credentials and faculty development, services and technology, and expert opinion – with areas such as graduation and retention rates, class size, l student debt and support services taken into account.

In addition to the overall ranking, UNK is one of only 39 schools to make U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Masters in Education Programs for Veterans” list. Tied for 11th place with the University of Kansas, UNK is the only school in Nebraska to receive this recognition.

To be eligible for the veteran-focused list, schools must rank in the top half of the “Best Online Masters in Education” rankings, be certified for the GI Bill, and have at least 10 students with a background. soldiers enrolled in these programs. They must also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or be a public institution that charges in-state tuition, which may be fully covered by the GI Bill, for all veterans applying from out of state.

“Veterans and active-duty military members get the most out of affordable, accessible, and reputable distance education,” notes Eric Brooks, senior data analyst for US News & World Report. “The 2022 ranking of the best online programs for veterans measures these factors by considering the financial benefits available specifically to those with military experience.”

Over 1,000 students are active in online Master of Education programs through UNK. There are 29 degree options in areas such as Arts Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Higher Education Student Affairs, Instructional Technology, Music Education, teaching primary physical education, PK-12 reading, teaching Spanish, special education, and STEM teaching.

“UNK’s online graduate programs provide service and academic opportunities for students who cannot attend classes in person,” said Dean of Graduate Studies Mark Ellis. “Most UNK graduate students have full-time careers that prohibit them from being on campus. This is especially true for students who are K-12 educators or active duty military personnel. The Office of Graduate Studies and University Outreach is proud to support these students and we hope that our online graduate programs will continue to be recognized and successful.

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