March 13, 2012

Graduate education programs climb in national rankings

Posted: March 13, 2012
Jeanne Powers and Alex Guevara
ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College encourages and supports collaboration among faculty members, including associate professor Jeanne Powers and clinical instructor Alex Guevara.

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University has moved up significantly in one measure of the nation’s highest-quality graduate programs in education.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Teachers College 16th among public graduate schools of education and 26th among all public and private graduate programs in the field. Last year ASU’s graduate education programs ranked 25th and 35th respectively.

The increase comes less than two years after Teachers College expanded to serve all four campuses of ASU in metropolitan Phoenix. The college also offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in communities across Arizona.

“The measure of our college is not these ratings but the quality of our extraordinary graduates,” said Mari Koerner, Teachers College dean. “These rankings are acknowledgements from external experts that our college is excellent compared to other excellent institutions in the country. But even in these comparisons, we are different. We serve more students. We take the values of the New American University seriously by being embedded in the community. And, we are preparing teachers for PreK-12 classrooms as well as university classrooms. We prepare them to make a significant difference in the lives of their students.

“This recognition also gives me an opportunity to express my appreciation to the faculty, students and staff as well as our alumni and supporters. The past year has been one of tremendous growth and change within the college, and our success is due to the hard work and flexibility of countless individuals at all levels,” Koerner said.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers world-class academic programs for educators and scholars preparing to enter or advance in the profession. Teachers College provides challenging educational programs to prepare successful and highly qualified PreK-12 teachers. The College offers programs for those interested in advanced study and research activities leading to careers in school leadership, school and educational psychology, education policy, education technology, higher and post-secondary education, and other fields.

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