EDINBORO – Study.com, one of the leading higher-education research websites since 2004, recognized Edinboro University’s affordability, accessibility, quality and value by naming the Early Childhood and Reading program No. 15 Best Early Childhood Education Programs for 2020 in the entire U.S.

This list of accredited, nonprofit public and private colleges and universities features analytics from the U.S. Department of Education related to tuition cost, financial aid, admittance rates, educational support, student-to-faculty ratio and career resources.

“Successful early childhood education programs exist for reasons beyond the basic instruction of young learners,” said Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, head of the Early Childhood and Reading Program. “Our outstanding faculty – coupled with campus resources and support – train pre-service and active teachers to become leaders in the classroom and beyond.”

Edinboro University offers both an undergraduate and graduate track for early education, housed in the award-winning School of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

At the undergraduate level, Edinboro students can elect to pursue degrees in preschool – grade 4, early childhood and deaf education or early childhood and special education. The online Master of Education in early childhood education degree prepares practicing and pre-service teachers to work with children birth through age 8 by aligning their work to best practices and research.

With a highly experienced faculty engaged in ongoing research, scholarship and service, the department produces highly qualified graduates of diverse backgrounds who possess foundational understandings of early childhood education.

Edinboro grads enter the classroom with the ability to implement appropriate instructional strategies to facilitate learning and are able to recognize and understand the professional, social and ethical responsibilities associated with early childhood education.

“When high school students look for college programs - and when practicing teachers search for professional development - they want quality programming and opportunities for personal and professional growth,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, dean of the School of Education at Edinboro. “We’ve proven year after year that, by adapting our programming to the needs of students and school districts, we are offering an outstanding comprehensive program.”

Edinboro University – the only institution in Erie County to earn a spot on the list – joins West Chester, East Stroudsburg, Shippensburg, Lock Haven, Millersville, Clarion, Kutztown and Bloomsburg in the top 50 rankings.

Study.com’s rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability and quality of education. Programs include in-classroom training experiences and certification prep courses, and most are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation or another similar organization.

Edinboro’s School of Education has one of the top teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania. Edinboro University’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, the only nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation programs in the U.S.

Edinboro was the first institution in Pennsylvania to achieve CAEP accreditation for both initial and advanced preparation programs.

For a glimpse at the complete array of academic programs within the School of Education, visit www.edinboro.edu/soe.