EUGENE, Ore., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Online Master's in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017. http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/online-masters-in-elementary-education-degrees/
The teaching profession has changed dramatically in recent decades due to demographic and sociological changes – and for those wanting to move ahead in their profession (not to mention the pay scale), a Bachelor's degree is no longer sufficient.
But a Master's in Education does more than expand the possibilities for employment in teaching and administration. The U.S. Department of Education reports that high-quality teacher preparation can make a dramatic impact on student outcomes – even outweighing negative factors like poverty.
"If you're ready to take the plunge into a master's program but can't leave your home or work to do so, there are plenty of good online options available," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "Online programs are both convenient and often affordable while providing a path to employment that employers will recognize."
College Choice developed its list by looking at three different factors: academic quality, return on investment, and program quality. Data was collected from a variety of publicly accessible sites and databases, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, individual college websites, and the National Council for Teacher Quality rankings from 2016.
The ranking for the 25 Best Online Master's in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017 finds Auburn University in the top spot. Western Illinois University is in second, and University of Alabama rounds out the top three.
The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
American Public University, Charles Town, WV
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Delta State University, Cleveland, MS
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Southern New Hampshire University, Hookset, NH
Troy University, Troy, AL
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
University of Missouri, St Louis, MO
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Valley City State University, Valley City, ND
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.
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SOURCE College Choice