Special education degree ranked among the best in country

BLOOMSBURG—Best Education Degrees, the leading guide to educational careers and colleges, has published its ranking of the 25 Best bachelor's degrees in Special Education for 2017 and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is rated 23rd in the country.

Best Education Degrees ranking methodology is based on a variety of reputed and reliable statistics. Three general criteria are used: a school's reputation score, calculated using selected categories of statistics from publicly available sources such as U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and college websites; an affordability rating using net price calculators and an average early-career salary (from payscale.com); and specific 2016 program ratings from the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

At BU the College of Education's conceptual framework vision informs the Department of Exceptionality programs according to Best Education Degrees. This particular emphasis for students of all backgrounds and developmental ability translates to a personal focus for educators. The Special Education (PK-8)/ Early Childhood Education (PK-4), Dual Certification undergraduate major at BU focuses on preparing future teachers, leaders and service professionals to make personalized connections and plans for all students. The Council for Exceptional Children code of ethics guides the program and graduates enter into public schools prepared. The program also trains individuals to work in community settings and private organizations or schools. The department places a real priority on field experience, which begins early and continues throughout the professional sequence. Ranked 16th by the NCTQ increases credibility and ensures the effectiveness of the program. The tuition is affordable at $9,326, and the average beginning salary is $48,600.

According to PayScale, more than 80 percent of graduates with a bachelor's degree in special education say their job makes the world a better place. Not only does this indicate that special education is a unique calling, but it demonstrates the deep understanding that compassion, patience, kindness, and humility are the virtues we all need to make this world a better place.

"It has been said that teachers learn more than students, and in the case of the special education teachers I've known, that is certainly true," said Nick Plato, managing editor of Best Education Degrees. "If you are called to teach special education and are seeking the best school to gain the knowledge and skills for licensure and success, we hope to help you along the way."

In first place in the ranking for the 25 Best Bachelor's in Special Education Degrees is Arizona State University, while Indiana University is second, and University of Minnesota third.