An education degree can open the doors to a career working and teaching in schools as well as carrying out research into how we learn.
Times Higher Education has ranked the 100 best universities for education degrees for the first time this year 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 third place. The University of Hong Kong is the only university in Asia to rank in the top 10 at number four. The remainder of the top 10 is dominated by US universities.
In fact US universities are the most represented in the entire ranking with 39 universities in total. Some 37 of the universities are from Europe and 10 are from Asia.
Canada and Australia are also represented in the ranking with five and eight universities respectively.
Times Higher Education subject tables are based on the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2018. However, the methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields. The full methodology can be found here.
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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 including business, law, engineering, humanities and science.
Harvard University offers 13 separate year-long master’s programmes and a number of doctoral programmes in education. The master’s programmes cover many different aspects of education including arts and education, higher education, international education policy and human development and education.
The faculty includes a MacArthur Prize Fellow and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recipients. 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.
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.
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 also 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.
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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