RALEIGH, N.C., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Best College Values (bestcollegevalues.com), an online resource that helps students find reputable and affordable degree programs, has just released a new ranking of online Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education (http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/online/best-masters-early-childhood-education/).
The ranking consists of 25 programs, all regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and schools.
The top three programs in Early Childhood Education are as follows: 1) University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri; 2) Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia; and 3) Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
Other colleges and universities in this ranking are listed below in alphabetical order.
Arizona State University - Phoenix, Arizona
Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana
Brandman University - Irvine, California
Brenau University - Gainesville, Georgia
California Baptist University - Riverside, California
California University of Pennsylvania - California, Pennsylvania
Concordia University - Portland, Oregon
Emporia State University - Emporia, Kansas
Indiana State University - Terre Haute, Indiana
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry, New York
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona
Northwestern State University of Louisiana - Natchitoches, Louisiana
University of Alabama - Birmingham, Alabama
University at Albany SUNY - Albany, New York
University of Colorado - Denver, Colorado
University of North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina
University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, North Dakota
University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, Colorado
University of Houston - Houston, Texas
University of Toledo - Toledo, Ohio
University of West Alabama - Livingston, Alabama
"Deciding to attend graduate school can be daunting prospect for anyone, but particularly for those who live on a teacher's salary," says site editor Brett Gershon. "Many working adults already have student loan debt, so the idea of amassing more through an expensive graduate program is not a decision to be taken lightly." Yet, Gershon notes, there are objective benefits to pursuing an advanced degree such as higher salary, increased career opportunities, and greater professional competence. He adds, "We hope to make the decision process a little easier for prospective students by highlighting a selection of quality programs that strike a balance between reasonable tuition rates and a high return on investment."
A ranking that focuses on a narrowly defined career specialization such as Early Childhood Education should prove a useful resource for educators seeking advancement along a particular career path. Moreover, online programs of study make it possible to obtain a degree while remaining employed. By analyzing the objective factors that contribute to the overall value of graduate programs, Best College Values lessens the cumbersome amount of research that can accompany choosing a program of study. With the ranking as a guide, students are more likely to succeed in selecting a program that suits their unique educational needs and interests.
Best College Values is an online resource for prospective college students seeking an education worth its cost. Best College Values strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can find the best college at the best price.