Program among best in New England according to 2022 rankings

Monday, February 7, 2022
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The University of New Hampshire’s online master’s in education program is top ranked in New Hampshire and one of the best in New England according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Online Master’s in Education Programs.

According to Michele Dillon, dean of UNH College of Liberal Arts, the college's top-level faculty drive the reputation of the program.

“The greatest strength of the UNH Online M.Ed. program is our well-credentialed, passionate faculty who bring a high degree of commitment both to their discipline and to the success of their students," Dillon says. "Our M.Ed. is a creatively integrated program that encourages students to embrace wide-ranging content in an immersible experience. The personally curated curriculum presents opportunities for one-on-one student mentoring to encourage them to explore the depth and breadth of their individual interest. Our online program reflects our commitment to education accessibility, and we use our long-standing expertise in online pedagogy to personalize that experience for students seeking their M.Ed.”

Aided by deliberately small class sizes, the UNH Online M.Ed. program faculty uses high-touch point communication to engage students in online discussions, promote networking and foster mentoring opportunities that enhance their academic experience.

Students originate from a wide range of backgrounds with career goals that include but also extend beyond classroom teaching. Under the direction of UNH Online M.E.d. Program Coordinator Elyse Humbacher, a distinctive feature of the UNH Online M.Ed. program allows students to take elective courses outside of the education department in support of their areas of special interest. .

“Enrolling in the UNH Online M.Ed. classes opened the distance learning experience … and asynchronous classes allowed me ample time to reflect on the material," says Benjamin Peck '21G. "As a working parent, the flexibility of pacing my own study time made the degree process manageable, and …. gave me the credibility and confidence I needed for a new career opportunity.”

Enrolling in an online M.Ed. program offers working professionals the flexibility to balance their careers with family life and academic studies. Assigned faculty advisors work with every student to develop a manageable course schedule designed to help achieve their academic goals. 

“Classes are divided into manageable eight-week chunks and, because the program is fully online, I was able to take two classes from another campus," says Marie O'Neil '21G. "My research study group doubled as a social bonding opportunity and the UNH Online student success coaches helped me put together course schedules and services. For anyone who wishes to study with faculty who are passionate about their work, I recommend the UNH Online M.ED. program.”

For the 2022 edition, U.S. News nationally ranked online MEd programs using five categories: Engagement between faculty and students, expert opinion amongst academic leaders, faculty credentials and training for online learning, student excellence, and services/technologies that support student learning.