Two Online Education Programs Ranked in Top Five

By NSU News Bureau

NATCHITOCHES – Two online graduate programs in education at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top five in the U.S. by a higher education website. The site,, ranked Northwestern State’s online master’s in special education third in the nation, and the online master’s in education fifth.

“We are proud to be ranked in the top five online graduate programs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. “These programs meet national standards and have a long standing reputation for advancing knowledge and credentials of licensed teachers. A graduate degree from Northwestern is extremely affordable, in comparison to other online providers. More importantly, a graduate degree from Northwestern provides meaningful learning experiences that support teachers’ professional growth plans.” Best Value rankings were designed to help prospective students make smart choices about where to invest their time and money in earning their online degree.  Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost.

The master’s in special education is a 36-hour program with 12-hours of coursework in educational foundation and application areas and 24-hours of coursework in a concentration area including gifted education, early intervention, elementary (grades 1-5) mild/moderate special education or middle school (grades 4-8) and secondary (grades 6-12) mild/moderate special education.  Most courses leading to the master’s degree require field experiences for application of course related skills in diverse settings. These field experiences will include field experiences outside the classroom and school of the candidate.

The master’s in education offers programs in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, educational technology leadership and educational leadership. The curriculum and instruction program has five concentrations.

For information on Northwestern State’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit