SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AffordableSchools.net (http://affordableschools.net) -- a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs -- announced the release of its newest online masters programs rankings list, featuring the 25 Most Affordable Online Master's of Educational Leadership and Administration Degrees.
The top three schools on this AffordableSchools.net's rankings list are: (1) Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, Massachusetts); (2) North American University (Houston, Texas); (3) Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa). The complete list of all 25 U.S. colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, comprises:
* American College of Education (Indianapolis, Indiana)
* American Public University System (Charles Town, West Virginia)
* Arizona State University-Skysong (Scottsdale, Arizona)
* Aspen University (Denver, Colorado)
* Bethel College-Indiana (Mishawaka, Indiana)
* Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, Massachusetts)
* Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri)
* Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, South Dakota)
* Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa)
* Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri)
* Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, North Carolina)
* Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana)
* Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi)
* Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan)
* North American University (Houston, Texas)
* Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa)
* Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, Ohio)
* Park University (Parkville, Missouri)
* Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, Arkansas)
* University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, Massachusetts)
* University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas)
* Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska)
* West Texas A & M University (Canyon, Texas)
* Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, Utah)
* William Howard Taft University/ Taft University System (Denver, Colorado)
"If you're reading this press release, it's likely that you subscribe to the notion that a good education -- regardless of its source -- is not just good for yourself but also the U.S. as a whole," said the article's lead researcher, Raj Dash.
"Now while our immensely valuable though often under-appreciated teachers/ educators do sometimes get celebrated in songs, books, TV shows or movies, rarely is that true for our educational leaders. These are the people that play a wide array of roles including teacher mentors, administrative supervisors, curriculum leaders, Principals/ VPs/ AVPs, superintendents, district administrators and many more. These leaders help to ensure that our public (and private) education systems at grade school, high school, and post-secondary levels are running relatively smoothly, that curriculum plans are updated to reflect new knowledge and technologies, that schools are compliant with regulations, etc.
"Typically, these roles go to professional educators with some years of experience. As such, most individuals seeking such career advancement in the educational field will be currently working and will appreciate the convenience of an online graduate degree. This college rankings article looks at affordable master's degrees in the administrative and leadership aspects of education, and can be used as a starting point for finding a suitable licensure or non-licensure graduate program."
College rankings for this article were compiled with data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/). We queried for graduate institutions that grant degrees in "Educational Leadership and Administration, General" on a distance basis, filtered out colleges that are based in U.S. protectorate nations, sorted by increasing out-of-state tuition, filtered out doctoral-only and certificate-only colleges, and filtered for active online masters degree programs. This resulted in our list of the 25 most affordable online masters programs in educational leadership and administration. Similar topical rankings will be published at AffordableSchools (http://affordableschools.net) -- a college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs -- on a regular basis.