The Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Missouri Shaping the Next
Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.
William Woods University ranks ninth in the state for education degrees awarded, and is one of three private, not-for-profit institutions listed in the top 10.
WWU awarded two doctorates in education, 93 education specialist degrees and 323 Master of Education degrees during 2012. The numbers in 2013 were even better, with a total of 507 earning graduate education degrees (10 doctorates in education, 177 education specialist degrees and 320 Master of Education degrees).
As Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, likes to point out, William Woods serves the largest population of graduate students earning principal and superintendent certification in Missouri, and graduates hold more than 500 school administrative positions within the state.
“This speaks about the long-standing quality of our academic programs, particularly the graduate programs for educators,” Barnett says.
Education is one of the top five undergraduate majors at William Woods, too. In addition to elementary and secondary education, WWU offers majors in art education, biology education, English education, history education, physical education, special education and speech/theatre education.
According to the College Database, “Missouri is without compare when it comes to the best degrees in education in the nation. With outstanding facilities and premier research centers, these programs offer their students a superior environment in which to earn a degree.
“Diverse teaching experiences and internships in the community round out the expected coursework, and all under the leadership of the most respected faculty in the country. Not only do these programs deliver a comprehensive education, they also make room for students to choose concentrations in which to specialize. These combined advantages make for some of the best education degree programs in Missouri.”
The College Database analyzed datasets from multiple government and commercial sources with an eye on degrees awarded in the aforementioned fields of interest. Primary data sources include:
- The Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collects academic, demographic and a wide range of other data points from colleges and universities across the country. IPEDS has teams of researchers working with institutions regularly.
- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) analyzes college-related data and identifies trends at the student and institutional levels.
- The Carnegie Classification system provides common organization across all institutions when it comes to institutional characteristics.
“Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs,” said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. “But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students.”
The College Database used the following methodology to identify the top colleges shaping the next generation:
- Must be fully accredited
- Four-year colleges only
- Public or private, not-for-profit colleges only
- No for-profit schools
- U.S. colleges only
- Minimum of 10 grads from education or teaching programs in 2012
The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties. The goal is accomplished by making all information and tools on the site free and easy to access. While still a relatively young company, The College Database has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools and career centers across the country.