Best universities for education degrees 2019

Find the best colleges for education degrees using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

October 17 2018
best universities for education degrees


An education degree can open the doors to working and teaching in schools as well as carrying out research into how we learn.

Times Higher Education has ranked the best universities for education degrees to help you decide on the best university for you.

Stanford University and Harvard University take the top spots in the ranking, with the University of Oxford taking fifth place. The University of Hong Kong is the only university in Asia to rank in the top 10, at number four, and the University of Cambridge rounds off the top 10. The remainder of the top 10 is dominated by US universities. 

US universities are well-represented in the entire subject ranking for education, with 118 universities. A total of 170 of the universities are from Europe and 31 are from Asia.

Canada and Australia are also represented in the ranking, with 19 and 33 universities respectively.

Times Higher Education subject rankings are based on the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2019. However, the methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields. The full methodology for education can be found here.

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Top 5 universities for education degrees

1. Stanford University

The Stanford University Graduate School of Education has a high reputation across the US as one of the best education schools in the country. The school provides seven master’s programmes, 21 doctoral programmes and three joint programmes. There are also undergraduate programmes for students wishing to take a minor in education or to take part in the honours programme. 

The doctoral programmes aim to promote research in education, looking at both the psychology behind how we learn, and curriculum studies and teacher training. 

The school of education is one of seven schools at the university, which also include business, law, engineering, humanities and science.

2. Harvard University

Harvard University offers 13 separate year-long master’s programmes and a number of doctoral programmes in education. The master’s programmes cover many aspects of education including arts and education, higher education, international education policy, and human development and education.

The faculty includes a MacArthur Prize fellowship and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The faculty also includes experts in many wide-ranging aspects of education including bilingual education, adult learning, economy and education, and social services and schools.

3. University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley offers MA and PhD programmes across a wide range of topics in education such as the impact of race, class and gender and how politics and policy can affect education. 

Undergraduate students also have the option to take a minor in education and it is one of the university’s most popular minor options. The university also provides courses that will prepare students for a career in teaching, from classroom teaching to district-level leadership. 

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4. University of Hong Kong

The faculty of education at the University of Hong Kong provides teaching in Chinese language education and English language education. There is also a division for maths and science education, speech and hearing sciences and information and technology studies. 

There are seven research centres, including the centre for educational leadership, the centre for communication disorders and the centre for advancement of Chinese language education and research.

5. University of Oxford

Research at the University of Oxford’s department of education is centred around three key themes: language, cognition and development; economy, policy and society; and knowledge, pedagogy and design. Within each of these areas are several research groups and centres.

As well as research into education, the department also provides teacher training for primary and secondary teachers. 

The department also hosts seminars and public lectures taken by nationally distinguished speakers in the field of education.

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Top 200 universities for education degrees 2019

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Education rank 2019  Education rank 2018 University Country/region
 1  1 Stanford University United States
 2  2 Harvard University United States
 3  5 University of California, Berkeley United States
 4  4 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
 5  3 University of Oxford United Kingdom
 =6  9 University of Pennsylvania United States
 =6  6 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
 8  =7 University of Michigan United States
 9  =7 University of California, Los Angeles United States
 10  17 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
 11  10 Michigan State University United States
 12  =11 Vanderbilt University United States
 13  =11 University of Toronto Canada
 14  =13 Columbia University United States
 15  22 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
 16  15 Johns Hopkins University United States
 17  19 University of Washington United States
 =18  =13 University of British Columbia Canada
 =18  20 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
 =18  18 King’s College London United Kingdom
 21  16 UCL United Kingdom
 22  33 University of Texas at Austin United States
 23  25 Pennsylvania State University United States
 24  21 University of Melbourne Australia
 25  23 University of Southern California United States
 26  NR Peking University China
 27  31 Utrecht University Netherlands
 28  30 University of Minnesota Twin Cities United States
 29  =45 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
 30  NR New York University United States
 31  56 Maastricht University Netherlands
 32  41 Ohio State University United States
 =33  32 Indiana University United States
 =33  24 University of Sydney Australia
 35  37 University of Auckland New Zealand
 =36  54 Lancaster University United Kingdom
 =36  =60 LMU Munich Germany
 38  44 University of Virginia United States
 =39  NR University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
 =39  29 University of Queensland Australia
 41  52 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
 42  53 University of Tübingen Germany
 43  26 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
 44  =35 University of Helsinki Finland
 45  40 University of Bristol United Kingdom
 46  27 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
 47  28 Arizona State University United States
 48  =45 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
 49  55 University of Georgia United States
 50  47 The University of Tokyo Japan
 =51  58 University of California, San Diego United States
 =51  51 Durham University United Kingdom
 53  =35 McGill University Canada
 54  39 Boston College United States
 55  34 Florida State University United States
 56  73 University of Pittsburgh United States
 =57  38 Monash University Australia
 =57  62 University of New South Wales Australia
 59  63 University of Hamburg Germany
 =60  69 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
 =60  =49 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
 62  68 University of Manchester United Kingdom
 =63  48 Brown University United States
 =63  43 Seoul National University South Korea
 65  65 KU Leuven Belgium
 66  =66 Korea University South Korea
 67  =70 Free University of Berlin Germany
 68  =89 University of York United Kingdom
 =69  72 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
 =69  =70 University of Technology, Sydney Australia
 =71  81 Boston University United States
 =71  42 The Open University United Kingdom
 73  NR Texas A&M University United States
 74  74 University of California, Irvine United States
 75  79 University of Western Australia Australia
 76  99 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
 77  59 University of Maryland, College Park United States
 78  83 University of Oslo Norway
 79  64 University of Southampton United Kingdom
 80  101+ University of Iowa United States
 81  101+ University of Birmingham United Kingdom
 82  88 University of Groningen Netherlands
 83  =89 University of Rochester United States
 84  101+ Macquarie University Australia
 85  =66 University of Colorado Boulder United States
 86  =86 University of Connecticut United States
 87  57 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
 =88  =60 University of Alberta Canada
 =88  82 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
 90  =49 Ghent University Belgium
 91  101+ University of Leeds United Kingdom
 =92  101+ North Carolina State University United States
 =92  80 University of Zurich Switzerland
 94  101+ Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
 =95  NR University of Cape Town South Africa
 =95  84 University of Jyväskylä Finland
 =97  =75 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
 =97  =86 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa United States
 99  =75 University of Warwick United Kingdom
 =100  101+ Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
 =100  94 University of Miami United States
 101–125  101+ Aarhus University Denmark
 101–125  101+ University of Arizona United States
 101–125  96 University of Bath United Kingdom
 101–125  101+ Bielefeld University Germany
 101–125  78 Cardiff University United Kingdom
 101–125  101+ Chulalongkorn University Thailand
 101–125  101+ Concordia University Canada
 101–125  101+ Curtin University Australia
 101–125  101+ Deakin University Australia
 101–125  77 University of Exeter United Kingdom
 101–125  101+ Griffith University Australia
 101–125  NR University of Illinois at Chicago United States
 101–125  NR Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
 101–125  101+ University of Leicester United Kingdom
 101–125  101+ Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
 101–125  101+ National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
 101–125  101+ National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
 101–125  101+ University of Ottawa Canada
 101–125  =89 Queensland University of Technology Australia
 101–125  98 Simon Fraser University Canada
 101–125  NR Sorbonne University France
 101–125  101+ University of South Australia Australia
 101–125  101+ University of Sussex United Kingdom
 101–125  101+ Zhejiang University China
 126–150  101+ University of Antwerp Belgium
 126–150  101+ University of Bologna Italy
 126–150  101+ University at Buffalo United States
 126–150  101+ University of Calgary Canada
 126–150  101+ University of Cyprus Cyprus
 126–150  101+ University of Denver United States
 126–150  101+ University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
 126–150  101+ East China Normal University China
 126–150  NR Fordham University United States
 126–150  101+ George Washington University United States
 126–150  93 University of Kansas United States
 126–150  101+ University of Limerick Republic of Ireland
 126–150  101+ University of Malaya Malaysia
 126–150  101+ University of Massachusetts United States
 126–150  101+ Newcastle University United Kingdom
 126–150  101+ University of Otago New Zealand
 126–150  101+ Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom
 126–150  101+ University of Padua Italy
 126–150  101+ University of Porto Portugal
 126–150  101+ University of Reading United Kingdom
 126–150  101+ University of Stirling United Kingdom
 126–150  101+ Stockholm University Sweden
 126–150  101+ Technical University of Dortmund Germany
 126–150  101+ Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
 126–150  101+ University of Wollongong Australia
 151–175  101+ Aalborg University Denmark
 151–175  101+ University of Adelaide Australia
 151–175  101+ University of Alcalá Spain
 151–175  NR Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
 151–175  101+ Brunel University London United Kingdom
 151–175  101+ City, University of London United Kingdom
 151–175  101+ University of Delaware United States
 151–175  101+ Drexel University United States
 151–175  101+ Ewha Womans University South Korea
 151–175  101+ Flinders University Australia
 151–175  101+ University of Florence Italy
 151–175  101+ University of Florida United States
 151–175  101+ University of Geneva Switzerland
 151–175  101+ Georgia State University United States
 151–175  =89 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
 151–175  97 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
 151–175  101+ University of Newcastle Australia
 151–175  101+ Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Chile
 151–175  101+ University of São Paulo Brazil
 151–175  101+ State University of Campinas Brazil
 151–175  101+ Stellenbosch University South Africa
 151–175  101+ Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
 151–175  85 Tufts University United States
 151–175  101+ Uppsala University Sweden
 151–175  NR University of Victoria Canada
 151–175  101+ University of Vienna Austria
 176–200  101+ University of Bremen Germany
 176–200  101+ University of California, Santa Cruz United States
 176–200  101+ University of Canberra Australia
 176–200  101+ University of Chile Chile
 176–200  101+ Complutense University of Madrid Spain
 176–200  101+ University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
 176–200  101+ University of Gothenburg Sweden
 176–200  101+ Grenoble Alpes University France
 176–200  101+ University of Houston United States
 176–200  101+ University of Lisbon Portugal
 176–200  101+ Middle East Technical University Turkey
 176–200  101+ University of Montreal Canada
 176–200  101+ Murdoch University Australia
 176–200  101+ Oregon State University United States
 176–200  101+ Saint Louis University United States
 176–200  101+ Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom
 176–200  101+ University of South Carolina United States
 176–200  NR State University of New York Albany United States
 176–200  101+ Swinburne University of Technology Australia
 176–200  101+ Syracuse University United States
 176–200  101+ Tel Aviv University Israel
 176–200  101+ Tilburg University Netherlands
 176–200  101+ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
 176–200  101+ Waseda University Japan

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