WOODBURN, Ore., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Top Master's in Education, the ultimate guide to every education-related master's degree, has released its new ranking of the 30 Best Master of Arts in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.
Many people have earned a bachelor's degree not in education, but have nevertheless decided to enter the world of teaching. Universities provide opportunities to go through a teaching degree program and earn licensure for those in that situation. Operating on the premise that classroom learning is substantially improved when teachers understand children's development, many institutions of higher learning offer master's programs with teacher certification. Of course, master's degrees in teaching are also useful for people who are already teachers—oftentimes, a master's degree means a significant bump in pay, not to mention expertise.
"In general, MAT programs are about one year long and include courses in educational psychology, classroom management, assessment, curriculum and instruction, and philosophy of education along with elementary-specific classes in children's literacy, teaching math to elementary students, teaching diverse learners, and more," said Nick Plato, the Managing Editor of Top Master's in Education. "Student teaching is typically one semester, though more robust programs are a full year of residency."
The Top Master's in Education methodology uses evidence-based research of various relevant categories. Data for this ranking came from the National Center for Educational Statistics, the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ), U.S. News and World Report, and school websites. Criteria used for this list includes the school's reputation, NCTQ evaluations, student to faculty ratio, tuition, and mid-career salary.
The 30 Best Master of Arts in Elementary Education finds University of Virginia in first place, University of Washington in second, and Johns Hopkins University occupying third.
The complete list of ranked schools in order is as follows:
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Johns Hopkins University
University of North Carolina—Charlotte
Christopher Newport University
College of William and Mary
University of California Berkeley
St Mary's College of Maryland
Virginia Polytechnic University
University of California Davis
Teachers College Columbia University
University of New Orleans
University of Chicago
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
Truman State University
The Evergreen State College
Loyola University Maryland
Frostburg State University
North Carolina State University
East Tennessee State University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington State University—Vancouver
University of South Florida
University of South Carolina
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
Wayne State University
University of California—Santa Barbara
Top Master's in Education is the ultimate guide to every education-related master's degree, aimed at helping current and future teachers, principals, counselors, and other education professionals advance their careers and their knowledge. It publishes rankings, reviews, and articles to help people interested in obtaining a master's degree in any and all educational fields.