Charts: Previous Chart Overstated Online Teacher Prep
The explanation, in a post called New teacher production numbers... it's a long tail, is that my list (from USDE, in 2010, riffing off a Hechinger Report article about the growth of online teacher prep programs) is a look at the raw number of students who completed a degree -- including folks getting masters' or preparing to become counselors -- while their list reflects "numbers of graduates who took a certification test upon graduation" (ie, anticipated classroom teachers). It's not just an issue of accuracy. Their list also contains less online programs, which suggests that maybe it's the folks getting master's and sneaky counselors who are going online, not so much the new classroom teachers. (That's my guess, not theirs.) Their post notes that that for all the attention on the biggest schools in the top ten list, the vast majority of teacher candidates come through smaller programs.