Auburn University online Master of Education degree program ranked No. 1 by education and career website

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University online Master of Education degree program is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org, a leading higher education and career website.

TheBestSchools.org rated the top 20 online master of education programs based on academic excellence, quality of course offerings, faculty, awards and school reputation.

“This recognition is further evidence of the high quality of our programs and the commitment of our faculty to provide access for students unable to come to Auburn,” said College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford.

Auburn’s Master of Education degree program offers eight areas of study including agriscience education, business and marketing education, foreign language education, collaborative teacher special education, elementary education, music education, rehabilitation and counseling and early childhood special education.

“Graduate distance learning meets the needs of practicing professionals to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching young people,” said Kim Walls, professor and interim head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. “Through distance learning, geographically distant teachers network and build a sense of professional community.”

Auburn’s online Master of Education courses are developed and taught by tenured or tenure-track professors who also teach on campus. Classes are relatively small, usually restricted to 15 graduate-level students per class, which allows for a more personal and individualized experience for students.

Most of the classes require online live interaction; both professors and students log in together and teach and attend during a regularly scheduled class time.

“Most professors prefer to teach live, rather than through video or self-completion modules,” said Jane Kuehne, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. “There is a place for this kind of learning, and we utilize it from time to time, but when teaching subjects like music education philosophy and history, music education or music technology, it is difficult to truly gauge student understanding solely through textual interaction such as papers.”

The ranking system of TheBestSchools.org is based on three broad master criteria: academic excellence, defined by intellectual reputation and influence within the wider academic community; return on investment, measured by the financial benefits graduates of the program can expect to receive as a direct consequence of the degree; and incidental benefit, which consists of overall student satisfaction, opportunities and program facility.

In January, U.S. News & World Report ranked Auburn’s online graduate degree program in education No. 2 in the nation.

For more information on the College of Education’s Distance Learning program, go to http://education.auburn.edu/distance. Go to thebestschools.org to read more about its ranking systems and to read Auburn University’s profile.

Contact: Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (nelsoc4@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)