Merrimack College’s online graduate education program placed No. 97 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 rankings for “Best Online Master’s in Education,” jumping nearly 100 spots from No. 182 on the 2022 rankings.
Merrimack’s Winston School of Education and Social Policy offers a comprehensive slate of graduate degrees and certificate programs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education, moderate disabilities, ESL and education leadership, as well as curriculum and instruction. Through its commitment to preparing the next generation of educators, the Winston School provides the skills and expertise future teachers need to make tangible impacts in the classroom and society.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our online graduate education programs,” said Deborah Margolis, dean of the Winston School of Education and Social Policy. “We have seen tremendous growth and interest in our online degree offerings that prepare students committed to education to make transformative contributions during this critical time.”
According to its website, U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Online Master’s in Education” ranking features programs with strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates and instructor credentials.
With online and on-ground graduate education programs, the Winston School is a recognized leader in melding innovative instruction, real-world experiential training and crucial career development. Merrimack’s online graduate education program is one of the largest of its kind in Massachusetts and has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the past four years, growing from 270 in 2018-19 to 621 in 2021-22.
In 2020, the Winston School was officially named in honor of the generosity of alumna Judith “Judy” Teehan ’64 and her husband Robert “Bob” Winston. Over the years their gifts have significantly advanced the School’s mission to support the education of new teachers and the retention of veteran teachers. This includes the establishment of the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS), an initiative that supports new teachers and increases their retention in this critical field.