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College of Education Graduate Programs Ranked Among Top 50 Public Universities

By: Brady W Moore   Published 5:55 am / March 14, 2017

Boise State University’s College of Education is ranked among the top 50 public universities on the US News and World Report 2018 best graduate schools list.

The college climbed 14 spots in overall ranking, and is now No. 43 of ranked public universities. This is the highest ranking to date for the college and puts it in the top 3 in the Northwest, the top 3 in the Intermountain West and the top 15 in the West.

Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education, and Michael Humphrey, associate professor in the department of Early and Special Education, hood Lisa Beymer during Boise State’s 2016 spring commencement ceremony. Beymer received an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in special education.

Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education, and Michael Humphrey, associate professor in the department of Early and Special Education, hood Lisa Beymer during Boise State’s 2016 spring commencement ceremony. Beymer received an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in special education.

The annual rankings consider factors related to reputation of employers, quality of graduate students and programs, faculty research activity and external funding, and peer evaluations. Nearly 400 graduate schools of education were surveyed, with Harvard University and Stanford University claiming the top two spots respectively.

“It is an exciting time to be at Boise State University, as its colleges and programs gain unprecedented national renown. This year’s top 50 distinction among all of the remarkable public graduate schools of education in the country is particularly impressive,” said Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education. “The high ranking of the College of Education is a tribute to its outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to providing high quality educational experiences that attract strong students, all supported by external grant funding that drives creativity and innovation.”

“When people visit the College of Education, they universally comment on the great energy and fabulous people here,” said Keith Thiede, associate dean. “Our faculty and staff continue to do amazing things and feed off each other’s success. This is wonderful recognition for all the great work being done in the college.”

The College of Education offers two doctoral programs, two educational specialist degrees, 15 master’s degrees and 11 graduate certificate programs training Idaho’s future teachers and educational leaders.

Students seeking a graduate degree from the College of Education have access to more than 200 partnerships with Idaho schools and organizations to gain valuable, hands-on learning experiences.

The College of Education’s doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction was Boise State’s first doctoral degree, beginning in 1993, and continues to provide students with the practical perspectives and research tools for improving teaching and learning. The doctorate in education technology, which enrolled its first group of students in 2012, was Boise State’s first fully online doctoral degree.

Read more about how Boise State’s College of Education is reinventing education in the latest issue of EXPLORE Magazine.

In addition to the College of Education ranking, the Boise State part-time MBA program was ranked one of the best part time graduate programs in business by US News and World Report.