UVA School of Education and Human Development Jumps to No. 8 in U.S. News Online Rankings


By Laura Hoxworth

Four individual academic programs were also named among the top 10 in the country in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of online graduate education programs.

The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development’s online programs have once again climbed in the national rankings. 

In the 2022 version of its annual ranking, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the School's online graduate programs No. 8 in the nation out of more than 300 schools. 

The annual ranking scores institutions across five variables: engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, services and technologies, and student excellence. 

“Our ranking reflects the dedication of our faculty to ensure our students receive a high-quality online experience,” said Director of Online Initiatives Jenny Provo-Quarles. “While the pandemic brought many challenges, it also gave us an opportunity to add even more programming and support services for our fully online students. Online learners are coming to us because they know how much we’ve invested in their success in the classroom and after graduation.” 

In addition to the overall ranking, U.S. News releases rankings for four individual academic programs. UVA EHD’s programs all landed among the top 10 in the country: 

  • Administration and Supervision: No. 9 
  • Curriculum and Instruction: No. 10 
  • Instructional Media Design: No. 10 
  • Special Education: No. 5 

Curriculum and Instruction saw the largest improvement from last year, climbing from No. 19 in 2021 into this year’s top 10. 

In recent years, the program has seen significant growth – with enrollment increasing 160 percent in 2021. According to program leaders, the U.S. News ranking reflects not just the program's popularity, but its success in engaging students in meaningful work that prepares them for career advancement. In the latest alumni survey, 88% of graduates reported receiving a raise or promotion within 6 months of graduation. 

“While the rankings may not be the primary way to measure success, they highlight the very intentional and collective work of our program faculty and staff to continually provide high-quality instructional learning experiences and high-quality student supports,” said Anne Jewett, program director for the online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. “The access and value of this work is reflected in the impact the program has on our graduates.” 

Details on the School’s online offerings, including enrollment and application due dates, can be found here.