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Washington Adventist University is Ranked in the Top 30 “Great Small Colleges for a Teaching Degree”


Takoma Park, MD (July 3, 2015) Washington Adventist University is ranked in the top 30 “Great Small Colleges for a Teaching Degree” in the United States. The ranking appears in the June 2015 online “” at, and Washington Adventist University ranks 17th in the list of 30. 

According to the article by Brenda Rufener, an internationally-published freelance writer and journalist who lives in North Carolina, the top 30 schools are “the most selective small colleges and universities offering teaching and education degrees at the undergraduate level.”

Rufener points out that “some of the best education programs within the confines of university and college settings are found on small campuses, those with fewer than 4,000 students. These colleges offer diverse programs that prepare students for education in the 21st century.”

The 30 institutions included in the ranking all have undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 4,000 students, are accredited four-year public or private non-profit institutions, and offer undergraduate teaching degrees. Many have a strong freshman retention rate — indicating student satisfaction — and appear in national rankings in such publications as Forbes Magazine, Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

Washington Adventist University offers degree programs that lead to teacher certification approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Office of Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Those programs include:

Bachelor of Arts — Liberal Studies: Early Childhood Education Pre-K3/Early Childhood Special Education Birth-Grade 3; Liberal Studies: Elementary Education 1-6/Special Education Grades 1-8; and Bachelor of Arts – English Education and Math Education 7-12; Bachelor of Music – Music Education Pre-K-12. Bachelor of Science – Physical Education Pre-K-12.

A non-certification program – Early Childhood Education Birth-Age 8 – is also offered at Washington Adventist University. In addition, a minor in secondary education is available.

For more information about Washington Adventist University’s education programs, call 800-835-4212 or email

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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