Edinboro online graduate programs again ranked among best in nation

U.S. News and World Report ranks EU's education, nursing programs in Top 100

Badge for Online Programs Graduate Education 2021More than 500 higher-education institutions are considered for the U.S. News and World Report ranking of both online graduate nursing and education programs.

Among those schools across the U.S., Edinboro University ranks in the Top 100 in each category.

U.S. News and World Report, the multi-platform publisher of authoritative rankings for higher education, granted Edinboro University the No. 31 national ranking in the 2020 Best Online Nursing Programs list and the No. 96 ranking in the 2020 Best Online Education Programs list.

This marks the fifth-consecutive year Edinboro has earned Top 100 spots in the coveted national rankings.

"We take great pride in being recognized on a national level for our outstanding faculty and quality programming at the graduate level," said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro's School of Graduate Studies and Research. "Edinboro University's online structure has proven to meet the needs of graduate students from all backgrounds in the region and beyond."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through post-secondary school between 2014 and 2024. Likewise, the health-care industry is expected to add nearly 450,000 registered nurses and more than 65,000 nurse practitioners through 2026.

Beth Kotarski, who graduated in December with her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Edinboro, was searching for an affordable school with a relevant curriculum that met the schedule of her full-time job as executive director at Carnegie Mellon University Health Services.

That's when she found Edinboro.

"Edinboro delivered all of this and more," she said. "I cannot say enough about the professors who guided me to think more critically than I ever had in my life. They opened my eyes to career-changing approaches to my work. Most of all, they encouraged me to embrace the identity of a leader and expert in my field."

Edinboro University offers graduate nursing programs, including Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in consortium with Clarion University. This consortium is the only program in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to earn Top 100 rankings in the nursing sector.

In 2017, Edinboro's DNP earned a 5-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the maximum duration for a first-time applicant. EU graduated its first cohort of DNP students in May 2017.

In 2017, the BLS ranked Pennsylvania the fifth-highest state in registered nurse employment, with RNs earning a mean annual salary of just under $70,000.

The average starting annual salary for Pennsylvania teachers ranges from $40,000 to $55,000, nearly twice the average starting salary for all occupations in the state, with experienced teachers earning upwards of $70,000 per year.

U.S. News and World Report evaluates national programs each year based on admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology.

Edinboro's online graduate education program received the second-highest ranking of all schools in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Kutztown received the No. 77 ranking, while Clarion earned No. 154, California earned No. 169 and Indiana earned 194.

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Edinboro University offers more than 25 award-winning and nationally accredited graduate programs in the arts, business, communications, counseling, education, nursing, psychology, social work and speech-language pathology.

For more information about Edinboro University's nationally recognized catalogue of online graduate programs, visit or contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research at 814-732-2856 or


Edinboro earns advanced nationwide ranking in school counseling

Graduate program awarded No. 23 Top School Counseling program status

Badge for best online school counseling 2019Edinboro University's graduate-level counseling program ranks among the top 32 online programs in the country, following a review from

The academic metrics agency validated Edinboro's quality curriculum, flexibility of course offerings and faculty expertise by granting the counseling program the No. 23 rank among Top School Counseling schools for 2019.

"Edinboro University is proud to be recognized as among the top school counseling graduate programs," said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro's School of Graduate Studies and Research. "Now, more than ever, our nation and the world needs competent, professional counselors who can provide services to enhance mental health and the quality of life for others."

Further accolades were granted to Edinboro's specialization in counseling for students with disabilities, based on Edinboro's unique coursework. Recently, the School Counseling program earned the No. 4 rank among the 10 Best Deals in Online Master's in School Counseling Degree Programs by the higher education website Great College Deals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for school and career counselors are expected to increase 13 percent over the next decade, with more than 30,000 employment opportunities predicted through 2026.

Methodology for the Top School Counseling program rankings incorporates recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics. Only non-profit higher-education institutions were eligible for the 2019 ranking.

To learn more about Edinboro's graduate program, which are led by world-class faculty, visit


Edinboro's financial planning programs ranked among best in U.S.

Financial Planning magazine, a national network for financial planners, registered Edinboro University among the top 102 Schools for Financial Planning - a listing derived from Certified Financial Planner (CFP) board-certified degree programs.

The publication recognized Edinboro's bachelor's degree program for its 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and career guidance for students in the program.

Edinboro's Personal Financial Planning major and minor are both registered with the CFP Board and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which accredits quality business programs across the globe.


Edinboro's Early Childhood graduate program ranked among 2019 top in U.S.

Badge Best Early Childhood Programs 2019Edinboro University's Early Childhood Education graduate program received a top national ranking for providing in-depth, online programming for pre-service and active educators. This month, Online Masters ranked Edinboro No. 41 among the Top 50 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education programs - granting Edinboro additional honors for "Best in Early Childhood Studies."

Online Masters recognized Edinboro for creating an online environment that fosters growth for tomorrow's leaders. Edinboro's rigorous curriculum and instruction allows students to emerge with a better understanding of early childhood education and the skills to excel in their careers.

Online Masters considers three specific areas when ranking national online programs. Academic quality accounts for 40 percent of an institutions grade - including graduation rate, retention rate and enrollment percentage. Another 40 percent features student success measures, including polling and assessment of current students and alumni and the quality of instructors.

The final 20 percent relates to the affordability of an institution. Graduate-level tuition for Pennsylvania residents is $516 per credit hour, while non-PA resident tuition for off-campus courses (student-teaching and internships) is $774 per credit hour and non-PA resident online courses cost $568 per credit hour.


Edinboro's autism services ranked among top in the nation

Badge for Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism 2018With its 40-year commitment to excellence in providing access to educational opportunities for all, Edinboro University is widely acknowledged as one of the leading universities in the nation for students with disabilities.

Best Value Schools ranked the university No. 9 on its 2018 list of 25 Best Colleges for Students with Autism. This online resource and ranking website specifically lauded the University's Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS) program. BASIS provides individualized support in five key areas - academics, communication, daily living skills, employment readiness and social skills. Students also benefit from social and academic peer advising, weekly sessions with transition coaches, testing and classroom accommodations, writing services and social activities.


MA in Counseling programs earn 3 top rankings

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Edinboro University's nationally recognized master's degree program in counseling recently received further acclaim from leading higher education and career websites in the field.

The educational website Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource and ranking system that researches schools with accredited counseling programs, awarded EU the No. 16 rank among the Top 25 Most Affordable Master's Degrees in Counseling in the Northeast.

The higher education website Great College Deals recently recognized Edinboro's M.A. in Counseling - School Counseling as #4 in its 10 Best Deals on Online Master's in School Counseling Degree Programs. According to the website, the rankings "reflect the presence of an intuitive online classroom environment, a richly diverse school counseling curriculum, a high percentage of faculty with Ph.Ds., course schedule flexibility, awards and ranking recognition" and other factors that add value to the online program.

Best Counseling Degrees ranked Edinboro's Master of Arts in Counseling - College Counseling #6 in its list of Best Master's Degrees in Student Affairs and College Counseling. This ranking of the top 30 campus-based programs in the country is based on methodology that includes affordability and accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


EU services to students with disabilities earn top ranking

Badge Most Affordable Disability Friendly 2017SR Education Group, an educational research publisher, listed EU among the 2017 Top Online Schools for Students with Disabilities, a list of higher-education institutions that provide the most comprehensive level of support and resources for students and the widest arrangement of accommodations. Additionally, Edinboro received the No. 6 ranking in the national 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Disabilities, which links high levels of student support with low tuition costs.

Through EU's Office for Accessibility Services, students have access to academic aides, assistive technology, attendant-care programs, homework and meal aides, occupational therapy and van transportation. In 2015, Edinboro implemented the Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS), which provides support services for degree-seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Multiple EU programs ranked for excellence, affordability

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Affordable Colleges a leading provider of higher education information, resources and rankings has recognized Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 6 times in 2017 for excellence and affordability in online learning among public, not-for-profit institutions nationwide.

Best Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by the following EU programs:

Most Affordable Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by these EU programs:


Edinboro University animation program ranks among best in U.S.

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Edinboro University's award-winning animation program once again ranks among the best in the U.S., after receiving two major national rankings and being named one of the top in Pennsylvania.

Animation Career Review, which publishes regional and national rankings of animation and game design schools, ranked Edinboro University No. 21 in the Top 40 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the United States and No. 15 among the Top 25 Animation Schools and College on the East Coast for 2019.

Additionally, Edinboro University earned the No. 5 ranking among animation schools in Pennsylvania.

Animation Career Review's rankings are based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value and geographic location.


Edinboro's online fine arts programs earn top national ranking

Edinboro University has received national recognition in new rankings from College Affordability Guide, an online resource for prospective students seeking a high-quality, affordable education.

College Affordability Guide named Edinboro University No. 1 among not-for-profit colleges and universities across the U.S. on the 2018 Top Online Schools for Fine Arts list. Noted in the rankings were Edinboro's Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Counseling - Art Therapy programs.

The rankings take into account tuition, financial aid distribution, graduation rates and student loan repayment rates. For consideration, schools were required to have a minimum of 500 students enrolled, one or more alternative methods for students to earn college credits and at least 20 percent of students who are Pell Grant recipients.

EU named to Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

Best Online Colleges PA 2016-2017Edinboro University has been named one of the Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2016-2017 by Affordable Colleges Online, an organization that provides students with resources and tools related to higher education.

The list was created to help students find online colleges that rank above competitors in both academic excellence and value, utilizing key factors such as the average tuition cost, graduation rate and student-teacher ratio.

EU's online MA in Communication Studies earns Top 30 ranking

Badge Top College Values Online 2017College Values Online ranked EU as No. 16 in its latest Top 30 Values list for Online Master's in Communication.

Each program evaluated was awarded points based on tuition and special features for students. Edinboro earned points for providing in-state tuition under $10,000 and out-of-state tuition under $15,000 per academic year. Edinboro also received special recognition for offering a graduate certification in conflict management with the online Master of Arts degree.


EU's Communication Studies graduate program earns Top 10 national ranking

Badge Top Online Masters Public Relations 2018Edinboro University's graduate-level Communication Studies degree earned national ranking for strength of academics, tuition rates and best value for students.

SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, granted EU the No. 6 spot on the list of 2018 Top Online Colleges for a Master's in Public Relations. After a review of programs across the nation, SR Education group ranked schools based on high academic standards and commitment to affordability - both of which are key factors to prospective students.


EU graduate programs earn nationwide rankings

Badge College Choice Recognition 2017College Choice, an online network of resources and ranking systems that researches institutions and degree programs, ranked EU's Master of Arts in Counseling No. 20 among the Top 25 Best Online Master's in Clinical Psychology Degrees for 2017. Also noted in the rankings were concentrations of Art Therapy, Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health.

Additionally, EU's Master of Education in Educational Psychology earned the No. 29 spot on College Choice's Top 35 Best Online Master's in Psychology Degrees for 2017.


Top Education Degrees names EU's online Master of Early Childhood Education program No. 1 in the U.S.

Badge Top Education Degrees 2017Edinboro University's highly-lauded online master's degree program in early childhood education is the best in the nation, according to Top Education Degrees, an online source of information for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking a superior-quality education degree that aligns with their career goals.

Top Education Degrees compiled its 20 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education 2017-2018 list based on tuition, relevancy of curriculum to the current demands of the profession, previous national recognitions and student-to-faculty ratio.


Two EU programs earn recognition for affordability

Badge Best ValueAffordable Colleges, an educational ranking entity that researches college degree programs for affordability, awarded EU's Master of Social Work program the No. 20 ranking in the Top 40 Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Social Work.

The review website credited Edinboro University's focus on serving families and covering a variety of topics such as social policy practice, family diversity and trauma theory and treatment.

Additionally, EU's Master of Education in Reading earned the No. 30 spot on Affordable College's list of the Top 50 Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Reading Education in the U.S. EU's Master of Education in Reading stresses developmental and interventional reading strategies for K-12 schools and gives pre-service and practicing teachers the skills to diagnose and address reading disabilities.

Affordable Colleges aims to assist prospective students in finding schools and programs that match educational interests and affordability. To learn about how the program ranks schools, visit the Methodology page.


OnlineU recognizes EU programs for affordability, value

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The high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University has earned multiple recognitions for value and affordability from OnlineU, a website of the education publishing company SR Education Group.

OnlineU named Edinboro's Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree the No. 25 spot in the 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Master's Degrees.

EU 9th ranked among the 21 institutions on Online U's 2017 list of the most affordable online counseling degrees. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online counseling degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Edinboro was recognized for its Master of Arts in College Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Post-Master's Certificate in Art Therapy.

EU's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is #7 in OnlineU's 2016 listing of the nation's Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Degrees Online. The University's master's and post-master's certificate programs in education are #12 in its ranking of the Most Affordable Online Teaching Degrees. Edinboro's Master of Education in Educational Psychology also earned top marks (#6) in the Most Affordable Online Psychology Degrees ranking.

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Master's in Early Childhood Education recognized for affordability

Badge Most Affordable Master Early Childhood 2016Best College Values, an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost, has ranked Edinboro University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #9 in its Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education.

According to Best College Values, they "are committed to connecting prospective students with high-quality educational opportunities at affordable costs, and are confident that students will find this at Edinboro."

EU's highly regarded MSW program earns new recognitions

badge top online social work 2017Edinboro University's much-lauded Master of Social Work program received a top-10 national ranking in the 2017 Top Online MSW Programs list - based entirely on feedback from students and graduates.

One former Edinboro student touted the university's challenging curriculum and the competitive nature of the program. The reviewer noted: "I found the tuition to be affordable, the staff to be personal and empathetic... If that's what you're looking for, Edinboro is a great choice."

The online MSW, one of Edinboro University's most in-demand graduate programs, is also one of the University's most frequently and highly ranked. Additional rankings that recognize the program's value and quality include:

Nursing at EU ranked among region's best programs

badge best nursing schools eastEdinboro University's nursing program was recognized among America's Best Nursing Programs in the East in new rankings announced by The ranking of nearly 1,200 programs was compiled by, which identifies itself as a "Social Community for Nurses Worldwide." Its mission is to educate, inform and share.

The rankings use quantifiable measures of quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value to determine the best programs in each region.


EU recognized for excellent return on investment

badge affordable online collegeThe high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University earned it a place among the top colleges in Pennsylvania for return on investment in Affordable Colleges Online rankings.

According to Affordable Colleges Online, the rankings point to "affordable schools with quality education programs that translate to real career potential."

The site also recognized EU's online graduate programs as #2 in Pennsylvania in its 2014 Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.


EU a 10-time 'Military Friendly School'

badge military friendly 2018Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, named Edinboro University to its coveted "Military Friendly Schools" list for an ninth consecutive year in 2018.

According to Victory Media, the Military Friendly Schools distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary institutions receive this distinction each year, after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the student with meaningful employment.

In addition to a high-quality, affordable education, Edinboro offers veterans, service members and their families an array of supportive services coordinated through its Veterans Success Center.


Edinboro University earns second Military Spouse Friendly Award

Badge Military Friendly Spouse 2019For the second consecutive year, Edinboro University earned national recognition for providing outstanding academic and support services to spouses of U.S. military veterans.

GI Jobs magazine awarded Edinboro the Military Spouse Friendly award, which measures institutional commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful experiences for the military spouse community.

Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are 180 military-related students at Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents - many of whom use G.I. Bill educational assistance.

Edinboro's Veterans Success Center manages resources for veterans, current service members and their dependents, ensuring that students receive not only the university's high-quality and affordable education but also individualized support services.

In order to obtain Military Spouse Friendly distinction, schools must score highly on academic credibility, academic support, career planning resources, flexibility, family supports, campus supports and federal approval such as GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance.


EU's services to students with disabilities widely lauded

The book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities by Chris Wise Tiedemann in 2012 recognized Edinboro University as one of the top five universities in the United States for providing full services to students with disabilities.

Tiedemann's book profiles the top schools and provides strategies for students with disabilities to adapt to college and obtain necessary services.

Additional recognition for Edinboro's outstanding services to students with disabilities has come from:

EU's Educational Psychology ranks in top tier

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The educational website Best Counseling Degrees featured Edinboro University's Master of Education in Educational Psychology program as #6 in the nation in its Top 10 Accredited Online School Counseling Master's Degrees Ranked By Affordability and EU's Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling #14 in its Top 25 Most Affordable Accredited Master's Degrees in School Counseling Online.

Only educational psychology and school counseling degree programs with official recognition from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and/or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) were eligible for inclusion in the rankings.


EU, partner #4 in Most Affordable Online Nursing list

Online nursing programs offered by Edinboro University in consortium with Clarion University ranked 4th in's list of the 25 most affordable schools offering online nursing degrees.

According to the website, the list "presents economical options for students looking for nursing training online.

Edinboro and Clarion offer Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees online.


EU earns Colleges Shaping the Next Generation nod

Badge Most Affordable Education Degrees - OnlineU 2014The Online College Database ranks Edinboro University's School of Education #7 in Pennsylvania in its "Colleges Shaping the Next Generation" division.

The list recognizes institutions "with top rankings, faculty, facilities, and programs," the website states. "Each program has top-notch instructors, and students are encouraged to take part in research projects, internships, and other hands-on learning experiences."

Additional recognition for Edinboro University education programs has come from:

Master's in Early Childhood Education rated 'Smart Choice'

Badge 50 Best Online Masters in Early Childhood Education Programs, an online source of information for students seeking quality, high-value educational programs, ranked Edinboro University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #23 in its "50 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education Programs 2015."

The "Smart Choice" endorsement was based on data in the areas of affordability, starting salaries of recent graduates, market reputation, awards and recognition, and flexibility. Only online programs at regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statists database were eligible for consideration.

The program also was recognized as one of the nation's best (#14) in 2016 by


EU named a Top Best Value College

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The outcomes-based Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index named Edinboro University a Top Best Value College for 2014, a designation that reflects the University's ranking in the top one-third of more than 1,200 institutions measured by the index.

ETC, a California-based nonprofit organization, calculates the index in an effort to determine the economic value added by each college ranked. "We define economic value added as being the improvement in earnings and employability of graduates; measured against the total cost of the education," its website states.

The index uses alumni employment data as well as calculations of the cost of an education based on tuition, number of years to graduate, and loan default rates, among other variables.

EU a top-50 choice for homeschooled students

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Edinboro was named #16 in the top 50 schools in the country that are best for homeschooled students by Best Value Schools. The ranking reflects EU's close attention to student success, our unique and vibrant campus traditions, and our strong support for first-year students as they transition to college.

The ranking places the University in the company of - and ranked higher than - the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Auburn and Yale.


EU's innovative Porreco College earns AAUA Exemplary Model Award for 2015

Edinboro University's innovative plan for establishing Porreco College to increase educational attainment in the region and meet local demands for career and technical education received the American Association of University Administrators' (AAUA) Exemplary Models Award for 2015.

The award recognizes outstanding examples of university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education.

Since its founding in 2014, enrollment at Porreco College has exceeded targets, and a number of top regional employers have taken advantage of the college's unique program offerings to prepare current employees for advancement and prospective employees for well-paying jobs.

Edinboro receives Community Service Award for Porreco College launch

Badge Commitment To Erie Business Award Winner 2014Edinboro University's tremendous service to Erie County in launching Porreco College to fill a significant void in Pennsylvania's largest county without a community college was recognized with the Community Service Award at the 2014 Commitment to Erie Awards banquet on Sept. 17.

The Erie Times-News presents the awards annually to honor companies and nonprofit organizations for their contributions toward making the Erie region a good place to live and work.

EU was also a finalist for the program's top honor, the Commitment to Erie Award.

EU Educational Psychology, Art Therapy programs rank #7

Badge Top Online Master's in Psychology 2015Edinboro University's Master of Arts in Counseling is ranked #7 in the Top 15 Online Master's in Counseling Degree Programs 2015 list compiled by Best Master's in Psychology.

The ranking particularly highlights the EU counseling program's unique Art Therapy concentration, which is the first completely online program of its type.

"Art therapy is revolutionizing the way we think about human services. At Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, they offer an online master's degree in Arts Counseling that received Nonprofit Colleges Online's 'Students Before Profits Award'," the article states.

The Top 15 Online Masters in Counseling Degree Programs are determined by tuition, number of students in the program relative to overall enrollment, uniqueness of the program, accreditation and reviews in the Guide to Online Schools. The ranked institutions were determined to be "the best of the best," based on a numerical scale.

In addition, the Online Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy are ranked #8 in the country in Nonprofit Colleges Online's new Students Before Profits Award rankings.

The award recognizes online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost.


Badge Online Psychology Degrees Top Masters Degree ProgramsOnline Psychology Degrees awarded Edinboro the No. 22 position in the national Top 30 Master's Degrees in Educational Psychology Online 2018




Badge Best Childhood Development Schools 2018 ranked Edinboro University #3 on its Best Colleges for Child Development Degree Programs 2017-2018 list.