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UTA College of Education recognized on national stage

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Program contributes to addressing need for Texas teachers

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education’s online graduate education program was ranked No. 46 nationally in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.

The magazine assessed a total of 299 online graduate education programs across the country. UTA improved seven spots from its No. 53 ranking in 2018 and No. 56 in 2017.

The U.S. News 2019 online graduate program rankings are based on five categories: student engagement, faculty credentials, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technology.

Teresa Doughty, dean of the UTA College of Education, spoke of the quality and flexibility of UTA’s program – highlighting that the quality of the online educational experience for students does not vary from the traditional classroom experience.

“The time constraints of working professional educators, who make up much of this specific student body, is so demanding,” Doughty said. “UTA and our online master’s in education program eases those concerns by allowing students to receive their needed education on their timetable. UTA has become the go-to university for earning graduate-level education degrees. We’re a better institution, college and society for that.”

Crystal Green, assistant principal at Arlington’s Dunn Elementary and a 2017 graduate of the online master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies (ELPS) program, said the online coursework helped her tremendously.

“At the time, I was a fulltime teacher, wife and mother, so taking my courses online helped me with time management and made getting a master's degree very feasible,” Green said.

“Throughout the entire program, I felt fully supported and ensured that the courses that I took were conducive to my chosen field of study. Those who led the courses were very knowledgeable about pedagogy and were accessible when I needed assistance on anything. The ELPS online program significantly prepared me for my first position as an assistant principal.”

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said the College of Education’s distinguished faculty are leaders in field.

“The knowledge these advanced students gain here from UTA’s College of Education will stay with them forever,” Karbhari said. “This dedication to student success and to doing our part to address the critical teacher shortage facing our state, and these rankings exemplify the excellence and leadership of the faculty and staff. The rankings reflect the commitment of our modern 21st-century research University in making an excellent graduate education accessible to all those seeking advanced knowledge and skills without constraints of time, space and location.”

Other accolades the College of Education include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Education No. 124 in its 2019 Best Graduate Schools list.
  • ranked UTA’s College of Education No. 5 in online master’s degrees in 2018.
  • The Center for Online Education ranked UTA No. 6 on its 2018 list of the Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.