The Cato College of Education graduate programs are ranked in the top 20 percent of programs nationally in the 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The college checks in at 78th out of 392 total graduate education programs nationwide. The graduate special education program is ranked 15th overall in its field.
To compile the rankings, U.S. News & World Report takes into account assessments from education professionals, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity.
"We are proud of our College for providing access to quality programs for people from all walks of life and simultaneously producing important research that will shape the future of education. We continue to strive to do both," said Dean Ellen McIntyre.
The Cato College of Education is currently working to improve teacher preparation programs in collaboration with school partners by:
- Designing entirely new residency-model programs for quality and efficiency
- Linking curriculum to clinical education by building in rehearsal, practice, and feedback into both coursework and clinical work in a coherent way
- Creating the Office of School and Community Partnerships to strengthen connections with area schools and overall impact on the community
- Updating the curriculum of all programs
“We want to create a practice-focused approach toward teacher education that respects that diverse assets of the local communities in which teachers work. Ultimately, we want to improve the quality of education for all learners in the state of North Carolina and beyond,” said Paul Fitchett, assistant dean for teaching and innovation.
The College expects to roll out the new residency model and other program changes in Fall 2019.