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Bailey Graduate School of Education Rises in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Now Ranked 54th Nationally in Annual Assessment, 43rd Among Public Institutions

For the fourth assessment year in a row, the Bailey Graduate School of Education (BGSE) has risen in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of top graduate schools in the nation. For 2023, BGSE has risen to a rank of 54 from 59 in 2022. Among public institutions, BGSE ranks 43rd, up from 45th the previous year.

U.S. News & World report conducts an annual assessment of graduate schools across the country. It focuses on nine metrics including peer assessment, administrative assessment, mean GRE scores, ratio of doctoral students to faculty, doctoral acceptance rate, doctorates granted, funded research, ratio of funded research per faculty member, and total graduate enrollment.

While several graduate programs are seeing a decline in enrollment nationally, BGSE has seen a marked increase in the number of students applying for admission.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has long been a leader in graduate-level educator preparation, and we’re dedicated to continuous program improvement, as reflected by the rise in our rankings. The high quality of UT Knoxville’s graduate programs in education continue to attract talented prospective educators. While many programs in education are reporting a decline in enrollment, we’re experiencing record-numbers of applicants into our programs. Now and in the future, we’ll continue to provide the highest-quality preparation for teachers, leaders, and support professionals in education, “said David Cihak, Associate Dean, Professional Licensure and Director of BGSE.

BSGE consists of four departments within the UT Knoxville College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS), which focus on child and family studies, educational leadership and policy, educational psychology and counseling, and theory and practice in teacher education. The graduate school focuses on creating a world that values knowledge, education, and health to contribute to an improved quality of life for all.

“Our excellence in preparing the next generation of professional educators is based on our amazing network of partnerships with local schools and districts, community organizations, and the Tennessee Department of Education. As the flagship institution, we lead the state in educator preparation quality, educational practice and research, and innovation to meet the needs of the ever-changing educational landscape, said Ellen McIntyre, Dean of the UT Knoxville College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

The graduate school is named for David T. Bailey, a longtime college and university friend whose generous financial support for CEHHS and scholarships for future educators has made an exceptional impact in the lives of students across Tennessee. You can learn more about BGSE and its mission here.

Through its eight departments and 12 centers, the UT Knoxville College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences enhances the quality of life for all through research, outreach, and practice. Find out more at