Montana State University

MSU earns top spot on a list of highest number of graduates in education and teaching

December 11, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University has earned the No. 1 spot on a list ranking the highest number of graduates from postsecondary institutions in the state in the fields of education and teaching. 

MSU earned the top spot in the Online College Database’s “Shaping the Next Generation” category, which examined the number of education and teaching degrees awarded from postsecondary institutions in Montana. The Online College Database ranks colleges and universities in every state.

To determine the rankings, the Online College Database collected data on the number of graduates in the fields of education and teaching in 2012. To be eligible for the list, colleges and universities were required to be fully accredited, not-for-profit entities. They were also required to be four-year colleges and to have at least 10 graduates from education or teaching disciplines in 2012.

According to the database, MSU awarded 287 education degrees in 2012. The University of Montana earned the No. 2 spot, with 264 education degrees awarded.

The database noted that schools on the list “illustrate tremendous commitment to the youth of today and tomorrow via new teachers who graduate ready and willing to educate, inspire and lead.”

The MSU Department of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in teacher preparation for elementary and secondary education, technology education, educational leadership, adult and higher education, and curriculum and instruction. It also offers the Troops to Teachers and Northern Plains Transition to Teaching programs for professionals in other careers who wish to move into teaching. MSU’s teacher education program enrolls more than 1,100 students.

More information on the rankings is available online at

Contact: Lynda Ransdell, dean, MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development, (406) 994-6635 or