Edinboro University online graduate programs ranked among best in nation


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Edinboro University’s online graduate programs in education and nursing are once again among the best in the country, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Edinboro’s graduate education program earned the No. 70 rank among 309 national institutions, while the nursing program earned the No. 45 ranking among 159 programs. EU earned the coveted ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 programs for the third straight year.

“Edinboro University’s national reputation for quality programming, curriculum, faculty and students is the result of a commitment to academic excellence and teamwork in pursuit of our academic mission,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of EU’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. “Our faculty members are proven experts in online instruction and student engagement, but we are equally proud of the success of our students and alumni.”

Jonathan DiSalle, who is pursuing a Master of Education in middle and secondary instruction and teaching certification, said the online format allows him to live off campus and complete his coursework during his busy schedule.

“The format of the online classes encourages participation from all students, which enables everyone in the classes to benefit from each student's unique point of view,” said the Pittsburgh native who was among more than 700 students enrolled in EU’s online graduate education programs this past fall. “The education I received from Edinboro University was exceptional, and my professors were extremely knowledgeable in their content areas.”

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor expects 4,600 teaching positions to be filled through 2022. Edinboro’s graduate education programs prepare pre-service and practicing teachers to contribute to school districts in Pennsylvania and beyond. Each year, 170,000 teaching positions become available nationwide.

The average starting annual salary for Pennsylvania teachers ranges from $40,000 to $55,000, nearly twice the average starting salary for all occupations in the state, with experienced teachers earning upwards of $70,000 per year.

U.S. News & World Report evaluates national programs each year based on statistics related to admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Edinboro offers seven online master’s degree programs and six post-baccalaureate certificates. Graduate education programs include Master of Art in Art Education, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction, Master of Education in Reading and Master of Education in Special Education.

“The online reading program has allowed me to obtain my master’s degree without putting my life on hold,” said graduate student Peyton Hanlon, an Erie native completing her Master of Education in Reading and working as a graduate assistant in EU’s Early Childhood Education Department. “I am able to work and substitute teach while completing my work on my own time from home.”

EU also offers certificates in arts infusion, autism spectrum disorders, Pennsylvania K-12 principal, reading specialist, superintendent and special education supervisor.

Edinboro University offers graduate nursing programs, including Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in consortium with Clarion University. According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, an additional 64,000 advanced practice registered nurses – including nurse practitioners and anesthetists – will be needed by 2026. In 2016, the median salary for an advanced practice nurse was $107,000.

In December, Edinboro’s DNP earned a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the maximum duration for a first-time applicant. EU graduated its first cohort of DNP students in May 2017.

Edinboro’s online graduate education program received the highest ranking of all schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, the only school in the Top 100. Clarion University received the No. 125 ranking, while Kutztown was No. 141 and California University of Pennsylvania was No. 165.

Comprehensive rankings and program profiles are available at www.usnews.com/online.

To learn more about Edinboro University’s catalogue of online graduate programs, visit gradschool.edinboro.edu or contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research at (814) 732-2856 or gradstudies@edinboro.edu.