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USF College of Education graduate programs climb 9 points in U.S. News rankings

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TAMPA, Fla. (March 30, 2021) — The University of South Florida (USF)’s College of Education is nationally recognized for its graduate education programs and has climbed to no. 64 in the 2022 rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report evaluates several factors to rank the best graduation education programs, including faculty credentials, admissions and graduation rates and research activity. In the 2021 edition of the rankings list, the College of Education was ranked no. 73.

The College of Education offers more than 30 graduate degree programs across numerous areas of study, such as curriculum and instruction, instructional technology, educational leadership, exercise science and school psychology. USF’s graduate education programs prepare students for careers in various settings, including PK-12 teaching, school administration, higher education, educational policy, research and curriculum development. 

“The College of Education is home to students who are passionate about careers in education and making a difference in their future students’ lives,” said Judith Ponticell, PhD, professor and interim dean of the College of Education. "The College is also home to many exceptional and community engaged teachers and scholars whose work and research have been recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, both as individuals and as disciplinary groups.

“The 2020-21 academic year has been unlike any other, but together, our leadership, faculty, staff and students have focused on continuous improvement, engaging our students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences, leveraging our strengths as scholars and researchers, building stronger relationships with our school and community partners and reaffirming our passion and commitment to transforming lives, promoting equity and social justice and improving outcomes for students and communities—particularly those that have been underserved.”

For more information about the U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Education Programs rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website


About the USF College of Education:
Home to more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members, the University of South Florida College of Education values high-quality education and excellence in research, teaching and learning. The College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and its educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.