Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Ranked #14 in US

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings place Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 14th among 255 public and private graduate programs of education. This is the sixth consecutive year in which the college has risen in the rankings. Among colleges of education at only public universities, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked No. 7, and reported the largest graduate student enrollment.

"Rankings are just one indicator of our progress,” said Mari Koerner, dean of the college. “This one is gratifying as it is based on the assessment of our peer colleges, administrators in the K–12 education community and the scope and impact of the research conducted by our faculty.”

The college offers 13 Master of Education programs, four Master of Arts degrees and three doctoral programs. Its fastest growing doctoral program is the Doctor of Education (EdD) in leadership and innovation.

Sherman Dorn, professor and Director of the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, said the Leadership and Innovation program “is resonating with practicing educator-leaders who want to transform their practice and create better learning opportunities for students of all ages.”

The college delivers the program in both face-to-face and online formats, both of which prepare students to address issues of systems change and leadership by combining coursework with cohort-based activities and research.

“Our Leadership and Innovation doctoral program is effective and relevant,” said Dorn. “It allows high-potential school leaders to conduct and apply innovative research that has a meaningful impact on the schools, organizations and communities in which they work.”

The methodology used by U.S. News & World Report includes surveys of deans at peer universities, superintendents and school administrators; and takes into account factors such as the number of doctoral degrees granted, the dollar value of funded research and the ratio of funded research dollars to faculty members. 

“We are one of the few colleges of education that excel at both undergraduate and graduate programs of education,” said Koerner. “Additionally, some colleges of education focus on teacher preparation but don’t have faculty who conduct world-class research. Others produce PhDs who join the academy but don’t prepare educators to serve in K–12 schools. We are committed to doing it all at the highest level. We’re very proud that we serve the community in different ways to improve the lives of children. We create knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education.”

Learn more about doctoral and master’s programs at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.