College of Education Online Programs Highly Ranked by Online Resource
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Two of the College of Education’s online master in education programs, delivered through Penn State World Campus, were recently recognized as some of the best online degree programs in the nation by TheBestSchools.org, a leading resource for campus and online education.
The College’s online M.Ed. in Higher Education was ranked number one among programs of its kind. The M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) was ranked number four in educational technology online master’s programs.
TheBestSchools.org selected Penn State’s programs based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.
The M.Ed. in Higher Education is a 30-credit professional degree program designed to prepare students and professionals for a variety of careers in postsecondary education, including academic advising, career development, and university development.
John Cheslock, associate professor of education and director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), said that the Higher Education Program is gratified by this ranking.
“We have worked to ensure that the traditional elements associated with our success—leading scholars, strong student culture and community, connections with CSHE—are also present in our online programs,” Cheslock said. “Furthermore, we have sought to add other elements—experienced and skilled online educators, the expertise of educational support professionals within World Campus, leaders in key professional areas—to ensure the degree program is well aligned with the online context.”
The M.Ed. in LDT is a 33-credit program that improves the use of Internet and technology in education professionals’ careers and equips them with the skills and confidence to apply sound technology practices in a way that positively impacts the learning process.
David Popp, program head of the online LDT master’s degree program, said, “The LDT ranking is an indication of the strong reputations of the program, College and World Campus.”
By Samantha Schwartz (November 2014)