Montclair State University has continued its rise in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings, once again being recognized as one of the top education programs in the country and reaching No. 93 in the publication’s 2017 “Best Education Schools.”
"The U.S. News & World Report top 100 ranking reflects what our school partners and alumni already know about our deep commitment to quality in the field of education,” said Tamara Lucas, acting dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Services. “The progression in our rankings in recent years reflects both the increasingly important work of our nationally-recognized scholars and the high quality of our doctoral and master's programs.
Each year, U.S. News & World Report provides independent assessments of the country’s top professional school programs in education, basing its ratings on a combination of expert opinions of program excellence and statistical data that measure the quality of an institution’s faculty, research and students. This year’s data comes from statistical and reputational surveys sent to administrators at more than 1,900 graduate programs across six disciplines – business, law, engineering, nursing, medicine and education – during the fall of 2015 and early 2016.
Montclair State has jumped 17 spots in the new rankings, moving up from the No. 110 position in 2016. This marks the fourth consecutive year the institution has moved up in the results; the University ranked 135 in 2015, and 149 in 2014.
In addition to the College’s overall education program ranking, the University’s graduate programs in secondary teacher education and elementary teacher education were each ranked No. 14 in the national results. Montclair State University is the only New Jersey institution to be ranked in the top 20 in these fields. Nationally, Montclair State placed among the top 10 public institutions in both of those same categories.
Graduate students can pursue degrees in fields including early childhood, elementary and secondary teaching; educational leadership; counseling; special and inclusive education; exercise science and physical education; family and child studies; nutrition and food science; and public health. The College of Education and Human Services also offers doctoral degrees in teacher education and teacher development; family and child studies; and counseling.
"This continued progress is a testament to the work of our faculty, and to their commitment to creating innovative and challenging curricula for our graduate students, said Joan C. Ficke, dean of The Graduate School at Montclair State University. “Indeed, all of our doctoral programs in education grant the PhD degree, a manifestation of the serious empirical work produced by our students in concert with our accomplished faculty. This scholarly culture significantly enhances and amplifies our teacher preparation commitment.”
The honor is the latest national recognition of Montclair State’s significant growth and its commitment to increasing and improving graduate and doctoral programs. In February, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classified Montclair State as a Research Doctoral University. The action elevated the institution from a Master’s 1 designation.