Montclair State University’s online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program has been ranked the best in New Jersey – and among the top 50 in the nation – by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 Best Online Graduate Education Programs survey.
The ranking, released on January 10, is the latest recognition of Montclair State’s growing national reputation. U.S. News & World Report included the University’s graduate education programs among the nation’s top 100 in its listing of the 2017 Best Education Schools, and also placed the University’s graduate programs in elementary and secondary teacher education among the top 15 in the country.
"I am very proud that our College continues to look to the future and beyond our walls to serve a diverse population of graduate students," says Tamara Lucas, dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Services. "We are committed to making both national and local impacts, and the online Educational Leadership program is one way we do that. The program offers exceptional opportunities for educators to excel in their field and become the next generation of leaders. I commend the faculty and staff for their impressive work in getting us the well-deserved recognition of being in the Top 50 schools in the nation for our online Educational Leadership program."
The University’s comprehensive graduate Educational Leadership program gives students the conceptual tools and professional preparation they need to become accomplished school leaders, while its flexible design lets them choose the study option that best meets their career goals and schedules.
"We have benchmarked best practices in the design and delivery of online programs across a number of disciplines," explains Peter McAliney, executive director of Online and Extended Learning at Montclair State. "Our team has focused on developing sound online teaching and learning methods, hiring and training the best instructors and creating a 'Concierge' service to ensure the highest quality learning experience for our students."
McAliney notes that his team is currently evaluating existing on-ground programs to see which might be delivered online with the same commitment to quality as that of the Educational Leadership program.
In February 2016, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated Montclair State as a Research Doctoral University. The latest U.S. News & World Report ranking acknowledges Montclair State’s substantial commitment to expanding its graduate and doctoral degree programs.