UNC Online Education Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
January 17, 2020
University of Northern Colorado online education programs were ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report in the publication's 2020 annual report.
Of note, among the 1,200 programs surveyed, UNC tied for:
- 35th in Best Online Master's in Education Programs
- 10th in Best Online Master's in Education Programs for Veterans
- 16th in Best Online Master's in Special Education Programs
The criteria U.S. News considers when ranking colleges and universities covers four categories that look at the role of teaching practices and their effect on a student’s time to degree, services and technology to support students academically and financially, credentials of faculty in the programs, and peer surveys.
UNC's online programs are offered through the university's Extended Campus. First developed over two decades ago, UNC's online programs have grown to over 100 offerings across 17 areas of study. Additional programs are delivered at off-campus centers in Colorado Springs, Denver and Loveland.
“These high rankings are external testimony to the quality of the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Northern Colorado where we are committed to the preparation of the highest quality educators.”
— Eugene P. Sheehan, Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
“UNC education faculty always have their students as the priority. Facing the national shortage of teachers, it is more important for faculty to have the knowledge, skills, and disposition to work with educators in the online environment. The high rankings show the result of the dedication and hard work from the faculty.”
— Jingzi (Ginny) Huang, Ph.D., Professor, Language Education, Director, School of Teacher Education, Associate Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
“Our MA online programs educate a large number of special education teachers to meet the shortage in the areas of Generalist, Deaf Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairments, Early Childhood Special Education, and Gifted and Talented teaching licenses and degrees across the United States and various parts of the world. Our online programs are interactive and provide teachers with information on quality, high-leverage practices. Courses are taught by qualified faculty who are engaged in the research that drives the evidence-based coursework presented within our programs.
— Francie R. Murry, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education Coordinator, MA Generalist Program