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Two Georgia College education degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation. recently released the “Best College” rankings with the Early Childhood Education and the Special Education degrees listed in the top 20 for the U.S.

The Georgia College Early Childhood Education degree was listed as fourth in the nation. Of the 425 degree programs reviewed, Georgia College was the top ranked Georgia institution. The ranking noted the field-based approach that leads to significant depth in connecting theory and practice and the unique pairing of students to mentor leaders through the program. The Georgia College Early Childhood program is also nationally recognized through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The university’s Special Education degree program ranked 19 of the 400 colleges analyzed and was the only Georgia university listed in the top 20. The foundation in the liberal arts, rigorous admission standards, multiple and lengthy field experiences, and a strong focus on leadership and advocacy provide a strong preparation for students. The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Best Colleges report. It supports our belief that the intentional integration of diverse field experiences and relevant theoretical grounding better prepares candidates to enter today’s schools,” said Dr. Holley Roberts, interim department chair for teacher education. “The quality preparation of candidates is also attributed to the candidates’ engagement in professional learning through building relationships with their cohort colleagues, mentor leaders, partner teachers and P-12 students.”’s "Best Colleges" rankings use the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as the raw data starting point. More information on the methodology is available here.

Georgia College was also recently recognized by on the Best Early Childhood Education Programs list, ranking in the top 50 in the nation.

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College offers several award-winning undergraduate and graduate degrees. Instructional and school leaders gain valuable opportunities and benefit from meaningful partnerships the university maintains with schools, districts, and other institutions and agencies. The COE is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Georgia Professional Standards Association (PSC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Brittiny Johnson

Director of Public Affairs