CLEMSON — U.S. News & World Report has ranked a Clemson University College of Education program first among online graduate education programs in the nation in 2018. In one year, the college’s Master of Teaching and Learning program jumped 10 spots to the top in this ranking.
George J. Petersen, dean of the College of Education, attributes this substantial jump to the head of the online education pack to the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff in the college.
“Our college is committed to the constant improvement of its graduate programs designed for distance learners, and that commitment has made this program without peer in a very short amount of time,” Petersen said. “This recognition indicates our focused and intentional efforts to deliver a best-in-class, professional and educational experience for our students.”
Jeff Marshall, chair of the college’s teaching and learning department, said the recent successes in online programs can be credited to faculty and staff who don’t settle for anything less than excellence in content and delivery. They constantly evaluate and improve every aspect of the program.
Marshall said preparing faculty to excel in online environments is vital to the continual improvement effort. He added that providing constant, effective communication and support for students in the program is another key component to success.
“This ranking provides a nice affirmation to the unsurpassed quality that we continue to strive for each day,” Marshall said. “We also greatly value other indicators, such as student comments, that are equally important to help guide and influence the decisions we make.”
According to U.S. News, the highest-ranked programs at the master’s level perform well on traditional metrics — such as having selective admissions and credentialed faculty — while also successfully adapting their course delivery for educating students remotely. U.S. News provides comprehensive data and ranking of online programs to prospective students.
The College of Education offers master’s and educational specialist degrees that prepare professionals for such fields as teaching, school administration, counseling, human resources and leadership in both higher education and athletics. The college offers many classes online to maximize accessibility and maintain quality.