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USM School of Education Ranked in U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Education Schools

Southern Miss

Thu, 04/18/2024 – 08:41am | By: Karelia Pitts

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Education has been ranked No. 99 among the 2024 Best Education Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Designed for prospective students looking to advance their education, the Best Education Schools rankings evaluate programs on nine distinct factors that include indicators related to student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity and peer assessment. The rankings evaluate all public and private institutions across the country to empower prospective students to choose the best fit for their educational needs and career goals.

“The USM School of Education has been intentional in its efforts to increase the societal impact it makes in the state and region. This ranking is clear evidence of their daily dedication to our mission of transforming the human condition through exemplary teaching, excellence in research, and meaningful service,” said Dr. Trent Gould, dean of Southern Miss’ College of Education and Human Sciences. “I couldn’t be prouder of this group of faculty and their commitment to this community and our K-12 partners.”

By collecting education school data annually, U.S. News is able to present the latest enrollment numbers, job placement rates, faculty statistics and other essential quality indicators that help prospective students make informed decisions. In 2023, USM ranked No. 138. The year-over-year climb that allowed USM to break into the top 100 schools was achieved in part by other colleges of education across the nation taking notice of the impact Golden Eagles are making and commending those efforts through the peer evaluation process.

“I am tremendously proud of the work being done in the School of Education and its commitment to student success,” said University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lance Nail. “Thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff, Southern Miss graduates are ready for success in classrooms across our state and nation.”

The USM School of Education offers an undergraduate program in elementary education as well as graduate programs in educational administration, higher education, elementary curriculum and instruction, special education, alternate route licensure, dyslexia therapy and educational research.

“We were founded with the audacious goal of establishing a state teacher training college, and these rankings demonstrate our ongoing excellence and steadfast commitment to providing high-quality instruction,” said University President Dr. Joseph S. Paul. “We are honored to be recognized on the national level and proud to be one of only two schools in the state to make the top 100 list.”

Prospective students can see how USM compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on .

To  about the USM College of Education and Human Sciences, call 601.266.4568.