Nationally-ranked elementary education program at UW-Platteville

September 20, 2016
Nationally ranked Elementary Degree Program

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been ranked the #16 elementary education program in the United States in’s Best Colleges for Elementary Education rankings. More than 780 colleges were analyzed and the top 20 were included in its Best Colleges Ranking. The list was compiled by scoring several areas, including relative size of the program, graduation rates, default rates, tuition affordability and online education options availability.

“The high ranking, especially for the high graduate rate, is a testament to the wonderful faculty and staff who take a personal interest in each student,” said Dr. Karen Stinson, director of the School of Education at UW-Platteville. “The faculty and staff set high expectations, provide relevant, timely hands-on instruction and continuously assess. School of Education teachers model exemplary teaching.”   

“I agree with Dr. Stinson; this is an exciting recognition for all of the work the School of Education does, both in terms of faculty, staff and administration,” said Dr. Melissa Gormley, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville. “It is a huge job to prepare our future educators.”

“The School of Education, under Dr. Stinson’s leadership, has made its mark in the Driftless and the Tri-State region,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. Throop, acting provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW-Platteville. “This ranking reflects what we’ve known here at UW Platteville – that our education program is absolutely outstanding.”

UW-Platteville’s School of Education provides an early childhood-middle childhood degree program; the course of study combines current educational theory and practice for those candidates who want to teach at the elementary level. Coursework and subsequent licensure prepares students to teach children and students from birth to grade six. The inclusive program also provides information and training on students with disabilities and special needs; faculty ensure that theory is concurrent with practice for robust learning. For more information, go to

For details about UW-Platteville’s and the other colleges’/universities’ scores, go to For more information about's Best Colleges rankings methodology, go to

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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