Education

2023 Best Education Schools

1,080 Colleges in the United States
327,871 Education Degrees Awarded
$46,202 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in education, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #4 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 1,080 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for education students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 327,871 degrees in education to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Education School

Best Education Schools The education program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Education rankings. We derive our Best Overall Education School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Education Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Education Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Education in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the education degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Education

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
916 Education Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Johns Hopkins University if you wish to pursue a degree in education. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 915.9999999999999 education students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Education degree recipients from Johns Hopkins University earn a boost of around $19,484 above the typical earnings of education majors.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
761 Education Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Harvard University if you wish to pursue a degree in education. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 761 education students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the education degree program at Harvard University make $32,774 above the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
135 Education Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a degree in education. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 135 education students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, education degree recipients generally earn about $47,080 in their early careers.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
146 Education Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in education. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 146 education students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from Stanford University earn $24,357 more than the average education student.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
607 Education Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 607 education students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Education degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of approximately $21,508 above the average income of education graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
92 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 92 education students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from Northwestern University receive $5,611 more than the average education grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,019 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1019 education students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the education major at University of Southern California make $9,271 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,014 Education Degrees Awarded

Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 5th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 1014 education students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year. Those education students who get their degree from Teachers College at Columbia University receive $19,750 more than the typical education grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
676 Education Degrees Awarded

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the large city of Seattle. This university ranks 1st out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 676 education students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year. Education degree recipients from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive an earnings boost of about $16,396 above the average earnings of education graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
435 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 34 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 435 education students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Education degree recipients from University of Maryland - College Park get an earnings boost of about $20,357 over the typical earnings of education graduates.

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#11

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
627 Education Degrees Awarded

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #30 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 627 education students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from New York University earn $12,031 more than the typical education student.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,753 Education Degrees Awarded

Relay Graduate School of Education is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

There were about 1753 education students who graduated with this degree at Relay Graduate School of Education in the most recent data year. Those education students who get their degree from Relay Graduate School of Education make $26,502 more than the standard education graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
975 Education Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the city of Minneapolis. This university ranks 1st out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 975 education students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program state that they receive average early career income of $47,227.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
832 Education Degrees Awarded

UGA is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Athens. This university ranks 3rd out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 832 education students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Education degree recipients from University of Georgia receive an earnings boost of about $8,063 above the average income of education majors.

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#15

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
660 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 660 education students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the education program earn about $46,501 for their early career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
567 Education Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 567 education students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the education program earn around $47,555 for their early career.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
725 Education Degrees Awarded

TCNJ is a moderately-sized public college located in the large suburb of Ewing. This college ranks 5th out of 44 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were approximately 725 education students who graduated with this degree at TCNJ in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the education major at The College of New Jersey make $7,153 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#18

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
346 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 346 education students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year. Those education students who get their degree from Vanderbilt University earn $7,234 more than the standard education grad.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
452 Education Degrees Awarded

Bank Street College of Education is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New York.

There were roughly 452 education students who graduated with this degree at Bank Street College of Education in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the education degree program at Bank Street College of Education earn $18,529 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
692 Education Degrees Awarded

CWU is a large public university located in the distant town of Ellensburg. This university ranks 5th out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 692 education students who graduated with this degree at CWU in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the education program at Central Washington University earn $3,315 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#21

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 Education Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 46 education students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. Education degree recipients from University of Chicago get an earnings boost of approximately $7,206 above the typical earnings of education majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
369 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #32 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were about 369 education students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from University of Virginia - Main Campus earn $5,747 more than the average education grad.

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#23

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
120 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 120 education students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the education program earn an average of $40,913 for their early career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
409 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 8 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 409 education students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the education degree program at George Washington University make $17,128 above the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
277 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 277 education students who graduated with this degree at Syracuse in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from Syracuse University earn $9,829 more than the average education grad.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Education Schools

#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#27

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#28

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#30

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#31

Brown University

Providence, RI

#32

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#33

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#37

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#40

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

#45

Hunter College

New York, NY
#46

Towson University

Towson, MD
#49

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1080 different United States education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
51 Fordham University Bronx, NY
52 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
54 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
55 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
56 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
57 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
58 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
59 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
60 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
61 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
62 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
63 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
64 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
65 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
66 American University Washington, DC
67 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
68 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
69 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
70 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
71 Villanova University Villanova, PA
72 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
73 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
74 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
75 Auburn University Auburn, AL
76 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
77 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
78 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
79 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
80 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
81 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
82 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
83 Baylor University Waco, TX
84 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
85 The City College of New York New York, NY
86 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
87 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
88 Hope College Holland, MI
89 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
90 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
91 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
92 Bradley University Peoria, IL
93 Concordia University, Nebraska Seward, NE
94 A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO
95 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
96 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
97 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
98 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
99 Queens College Queens, NY
100 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
101 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
102 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
103 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
104 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
105 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
106 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
107 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
108 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
109 Touro College New York, NY
110 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
111 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
112 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
113 Clemson University Clemson, SC
114 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
115 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
116 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
117 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
118 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
119 Martin Luther College New Ulm, MN
120 Utah State University Logan, UT
121 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
122 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
123 Samford University Birmingham, AL
124 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
125 DePaul University Chicago, IL
126 Drake University Des Moines, IA
127 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
128 Providence College Providence, RI
129 Creighton University Omaha, NE
130 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
131 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
132 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
133 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
134 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
135 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
136 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
137 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
138 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
139 Brandman University Irvine, CA
140 Tufts University Medford, MA
141 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
142 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
143 Lehman College Bronx, NY
144 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
145 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
146 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
147 Pace University - New York New York, NY
148 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
149 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
150 Winona State University Winona, MN
151 Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
152 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
153 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
154 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
155 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
156 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
157 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
158 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
159 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
160 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
161 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
162 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
163 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
164 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
165 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
166 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
167 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
168 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
169 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
170 University of Portland Portland, OR
171 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
172 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
173 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
174 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
175 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
176 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
177 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
178 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
179 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
180 Juniata College Huntingdon, PA
181 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
182 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
183 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
184 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
185 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
186 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
187 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
188 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
189 LIU Post Brookville, NY
190 National Louis University Chicago, IL
191 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
192 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
193 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
194 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
195 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
196 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
197 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
198 Florida International University Miami, FL
199 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
200 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
201 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
202 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
203 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
204 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
205 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
206 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
207 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
208 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
209 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
210 University of Denver Denver, CO
211 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
212 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
213 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
214 Hastings College Hastings, NE
215 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
216 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA

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Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 110,226
Educational Administration 46,469
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,297
Special Education 36,792
General Education 29,810
Curriculum & Instruction 19,832
Student Counseling 13,858
Instructional Media Design 8,695
Teaching English or French 5,791
Other Education 4,858

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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