New heights: COE up to No. 48 in U.S. News ranking

April 9, 2024
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For the second straight year, the San Diego State University College of Education has posted its best-ever showing in the national rankings.

SDSU moved up one spot to No. 48 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 list of best graduate education programs released Tuesday. The college also ranked:

  • No. 1 in San Diego County
  • No. 1 in the California State University system
  • No. 6 in the state of California
  • No. 38 among public universities nationwide

"The steady ascent of our college in recent years is very gratifying, but it comes as no surprise," said Y. Barry Chung, dean of the College of Education. "Our reputation for teaching, research and community impact has been well known here in the San Diego region for decades. I'm delighted the secret now seems to be out among our national peers, as well."

The College of Education is home to more than 3,000 students training to become education and wellness professionals. It offers bachelor’s, credential, certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs spread across six departments and one school. 

In the most recently-completed Fiscal Year, COE faculty secured $29.5 million in research and training grants and other contracts. Last fall, SDSU’s teaching credential programs, in collaboration with the national US PREP coalition, made headlines by launching Strategic Staffing — a new initiative with district partners to compensate student teachers for their work in the classroom.

In previously-announced rankings, the college placed No. 3 in the country in rehabilitation counseling and No. 5 in online education master's program.

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