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UW-Madison School of Education No. 1 among public institutions in U.S. News ranking

March 10, 2015

U.S. News & World Report published its annual graduate school rankings on Tuesday, and UW-Madison’s School of Education is rated No. 1 among public institutions for the second consecutive year.

According to the latest version of this index, the U.S. News graduate school rankings slot UW-Madison’s School of Education fifth overall, behind only Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University.

In addition to its overall rank, UW-Madison’s School of Education continues to house several of the most highly regarded specialty programs in the nation.  In particular, UW-Madison ranked No. 1 among all schools in the categories of Curriculum/Instruction, Educational Psychology, and Rehabilitation Counseling.

UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been No. 1 every year since 2001, according to U.S. News.

“It is an honor to be ranked No. 1 for the 15th straight year in the highly competitive Curriculum/Instruction program ratings,” says Professor Beth Graue, chair of UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “That is 15 years of excellence in research, theory and practice by Curriculum and Instruction faculty who create a unique synergy in their scholarship and teaching.  As a result, we fashion a graduate environment that is intellectually charged for both faculty and students. It is a place that nurtures a Wisconsin way of thinking that has permeated universities around the world.”

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Ten specialty programs housed within the School
of Education at UW-Madison were highlighted by
U.S. News this year as being among the elite
programs in the nation. 
Similarly, this marks the fourth time in the past five years that UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology has earned the top spot.

"We are delighted to once again be named the No. 1 Department of Educational Psychology in the nation,” says Professor David Kaplan, who chaired of UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2014-15. “It is yet another indicator of the excellence of our faculty, students and programs.”

UW-Madison was also tied for No. 1 in the Rehabilitation Counseling specialty rankings of U.S. News’ top Health Disciplines. At UW-Madison, the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education is housed within the School of Education.

“The Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education plays a unique role at UW-Madison in preparing professionals to make significant contributions to improving the quality of life and inclusion of people with disabilities throughout Wisconsin and beyond,” says Professor Kimber Wilkerson, who chaired the department in 2014-15. “Former and future graduates of the Rehabilitation Psychology graduate programs lead the field of rehabilitation counseling in research, training and in providing the highest quality of direct services in the field.”

To calculate it’s overall education school rankings, U.S. News reports that it sent surveys to 357 schools granting doctoral degrees, with 246 providing data that the publication used to calculate rankings based on 10 measures. These measures include: quality assessments based on surveys filled out by education school deans and deans of graduate studies; student selectivity; faculty resources figures; and research activity. (More information about the U.S. News methodology is available here.)

This marks the 16th time in the past 17 years that, according to U.S. News, UW-Madison has maintained a top 10 ranking among all schools of education. UW-Madison is the only Big Ten Conference institution to crack the top 10 each year since 2010.

In all, 10 specialty programs housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education were highlighted this year by U.S. News as being among the elite programs in the nation.

Unlike the overall rankings, these specialty rankings for various programs are based solely on nominations by education deans and deans of graduate studies who were asked to select up to 11 programs of excellence in each specialty.

U.S. News 2016 logoAccording to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of the Best Education Graduate Schools, UW-Madison programs ranked by education school deans and deans of graduate studies include:

• First in Curriculum/Instruction

• First in Educational Psychology

• First in Rehabilitation Counseling (as voted on by deans or administrators of health programs) 

• Second in Administration/Supervision

• Second in Elementary Teacher Education

• Fourth in Student Counseling/Personnel Services

• Fourth in Education Policy

• Fourth in Secondary Teacher Education

• Sixth in Special Education

• 11th in Higher Education Administration

Not all graduate programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report each year.

For a look at how other corners of the UW-Madison campus fared in the U.S. News rankings, check out this University Communications article.

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