Three Edinboro graduate programs earn national recognition


 Three Edinboro graduate programs earn national recognition

Three Edinboro academic programs earned the national spotlight this month, securing No. 3 ranks among top educational programming in the U.S.

Edinboro’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Counseling programs all received a third-place national ranking in their respective categories.

Additionally, – a college analysis and ranking website – recognized Edinboro University as the “Best Public University” for counseling majors.

“These rankings once again demonstrate Edinboro University’s ongoing commitment to graduate student success and academic excellence,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, dean of the School of Education. “We are very fortunate to have a graduate school of such a high caliber located in the Erie region.”

Intelligent is an online magazine centered on a lifelong commitment to continuous improvement, enabling smarter choices to produce the greatest advantage, utility and satisfaction. With their college rankings, they hope to assist students in finding the school that best suits them.

“Our rankings represent the high-quality education and high-quality faculty at Edinboro University,” said Dr. Edward Snyder, head of the Educational Psychology program. “At a time when higher education costs have skyrocketed, students should know higher education at the highest level at the most affordable price is available at Edinboro.”

The Master of Education in Educational Psychology program offers students a broad theoretical and practical background in both education and psychology. The program provides educators with an understanding of procedures for progress monitoring and using research-supported practices without losing focus on the importance of having a broad understanding of the psychological development of all children. 

“This ranking highlights the quality experience students receive while working with passionate researchers, clinicians and leaders in the field of counseling of the highest caliber,” said Dr. Adrienne Dixon, head of the Counseling program.

Edinboro University’s counseling programs provide courses of study leading to a Master of Arts degree in counseling with emphases in school counseling, college counseling, clinical mental health counseling and art therapy.

The mission of the programs is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social and ethical development of graduate students. To this end, the program emphasizes integration of theory, research and practice.

Edinboro’s Early Childhood Education program prepares practicing and pre-service teachers to work with children birth through age 8 by aligning their work to best practices and research. Courses are designed for working teachers and professionals from any setting, focusing on research-based curriculum design, technology use and integration, families and communities as well as literacy, math, science and assessment (formal and authentic).

“The needs of young children are as important as ever in our assessment-driven climate,” said Dr. Karen Lindeman, head of the Early Childhood Education program. “We need skilled early childhood professionals who focus on the specific needs of these unique learners.”

In ranking the best online graduate programs, Intelligence looked for colleges who provide online education well with both undergraduate and graduate offerings, a characteristic quantified by winning awards. In addition, they generally evaluated each college for the strength of its online resources, reputation, flexibility, affordability, faculty and coursework. They then assigned each program a score from zero to 100.

View the comprehensive list of 2020 rankings at Best Online Degrees.

To learn more about Edinboro University’s award-winning programming in the School of Graduate Studies, visit