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Best universities for education degrees 2022

Find the best colleges for education degrees using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings  2022 data

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October 13 2021
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Top 10 universities in the world for education 

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Education rank 2022 Education Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 Stanford University United States
2 4 University of California, Berkeley United States
3 3 Harvard University United States
4 2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=6 5 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=6 7 Tsinghua University China
8 11 Peking University China
9 10 Vanderbilt University United States
=10 9 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
=10 13 University of Pennsylvania United States

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

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

Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley take the top spots in the ranking. The University of Hong KongTsinghua University and Peking University are the only universities in Asia to rank among the top 10, at joint sixth and and eighth respectively. The only UK institutions in the top 10 are the universities of Oxford and Cambridge at fourth and fifth respectively.


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US universities are well represented in the entire subject ranking for education, with 137 universities. A total of 68 of the universities are from the UK and 49 are from Asia.

Canada and Australia are also represented in the ranking, with 21 and 35 universities, respectively.

Times Higher Education subject rankings are based on the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2022. However, the methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings adjusted to suit the individual fields. The full methodology for education can be found here.


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Top 5 universities for education degrees

5. University of Cambridge

-Education is offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge.
-The three-year undergraduate education degree accepts only 42 students per year.

The undergraduate course consists of three possible tracks: education, psychology and learning; education, policy and international development; or education, English, drama and the arts.

Postgraduates wishing to study education can choose a PGCE, master’s or doctorate. The PGCE course is taken as a specialism in primary or secondary (high school) education. Both options include significant placement time, with secondary PGCE students spending at least 120 days of the course in schools.

4. 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 regularly hosts seminars and public lectures by nationally distinguished speakers in the field of education.

3. Harvard University

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

Among the faculty are experts in wide-ranging aspects of education, including bilingual education, adult learning, economy and education, and social services and schools.


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2. 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 the influence of politics and policy on education.
-Undergraduates also have the option to take a minor in education, and it is one of the university’s most popular minors.

Berkeley also provides courses that will prepare students for a teaching career, from classroom teaching to district-level leadership.

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 of education is one of seven schools at the university, which also include business, law, engineering and medicine.

The school provides seven master’s programmes, 21 doctoral programmes and three joint programmes. There are also undergraduate programmes for students wishing to pursue a minor in education or to take part in the honours programme.

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


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Top 200 universities for education degrees 2022

Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2022 profile

Education rank 2022 Education Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 Stanford University United States
2 4 University of California, Berkeley United States
3 3 Harvard University United States
4 2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=6 5 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=6 7 Tsinghua University China
8 11 Peking University China
9 10 Vanderbilt University United States
=10 9 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
=10 13 University of Pennsylvania United States
12 12 Michigan State University United States
13 8 University of California, Los Angeles United States
14 14 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
15 16 UCL United Kingdom
16 19 University of Texas at Austin United States
17 15 University of Toronto Canada
18 21 University of Washington United States
19 17 University of Melbourne Australia
20 30 Monash University Australia
21 41 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
22 22 University of British Columbia Canada
23 58 Utrecht University Netherlands
24 32 New York University United States
25 20 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
26 24 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
27 26 Penn State (Main campus) United States
28 29 Beijing Normal University China
=29 28 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
=29 33 University of Maryland, College Park United States
31 23 King’s College London United Kingdom
32 40 Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
33 27 Maastricht University Netherlands
34 39 Boston College United States
35 56 The University of Tokyo Japan
36 37 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
37 59 East China Normal University China
38 52 University of Helsinki Finland
39 47 University of Georgia United States
40 48 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
41 46 University of Auckland New Zealand
42 44 KU Leuven Belgium
43 59 University of Virginia (Main campus) United States
=44 43 McGill University Canada
=44 25 University of Southern California United States
46 =69 Florida State University United States
47 54 University of California, Irvine United States
48 85 Kyoto University Japan
=49 78 University of Florida United States
=49 45 Indiana University United States
51 35 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
52 34 Johns Hopkins University United States
=53 31 Deakin University Australia
=53 42 The University of Queensland Australia
=55 53 University of Minnesota United States
=55 66 University of Oslo Norway
=55 55 Zhejiang University China
58 51 University of Sydney Australia
=59 NR Imperial College London United Kingdom
=59 60 Korea University South Korea
=61 =75 Brown University United States
=61 57 Lancaster University United Kingdom
63 63 University of Manchester United Kingdom
64 101–125 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
65 61 University of Leeds United Kingdom
=66 67 University of Jyväskylä Finland
=66 NR Technical University of Munich Germany
68 101–125 University of Kansas United States
=69 =69 Macquarie University Australia
=69 65 UNSW Sydney Australia
71 80 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
72 89 Durham University United Kingdom
=73 =75 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
=73 79 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
75 71 LMU Munich Germany
76 =81 University of Tübingen Germany
77 =49 Ghent University Belgium
78 126–150 Seoul National University South Korea
79 36 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
80 84 University of California, San Diego United States
81 77 University of Colorado Boulder United States
82 64 Free University of Berlin Germany
=83 68 University of Bristol United Kingdom
=83 86 University of Connecticut United States
=83 126–150 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
86 NR National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Taiwan
87 72 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
88 101–125 University of Reading United Kingdom
89 99 University of Iowa United States
=90 126–150 University of Adelaide Australia
=90 101–125 University of Technology Sydney Australia
=92 101–125 Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
=92 NR Fudan University China
94 =97 University of Malaya Malaysia
95 101–125 University of Zurich Switzerland
=96 =81 University of Hamburg Germany
=96 95 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
98 83 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
99 101–125 North Carolina State University United States
=100 101–125 University of Arizona United States
=100 =97 Texas A&M University United States
101–125 87 Aarhus University Denmark
101–125 101–125 University of Antwerp Belgium
101–125 101–125 University of Bath United Kingdom
101–125 126–150 Curtin University Australia
101–125 94 University of Delaware United States
101–125 101–125 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
101–125 101–125 University of Exeter United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
101–125 NR Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
101–125 =90 Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
101–125 62 La Trobe University Australia
101–125 101–125 University of Massachusetts United States
101–125 93 Middle East Technical University Turkey
101–125 74 University of Montreal Canada
101–125 151–175 University of Ottawa Canada
101–125 92 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States
101–125 151–175 Queen’s University Canada
101–125 101–125 University of Rochester United States
101–125 201–250 Simon Fraser University Canada
101–125 101–125 TU Dortmund University Germany
101–125 126–150 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
101–125 126–150 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
101–125 101–125 University of Warwick United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 Western University Canada
101–125 126–150 University of York United Kingdom
126–150 126–150 Boğaziçi University Turkey
126–150 151–175 University of Calgary Canada
126–150 73 University of California, Davis United States
126–150 101–125 University of Cape Town South Africa
126–150 126–150 University of Cyprus Cyprus
126–150 201–250 Ewha Womans University South Korea
126–150 176–200 University of Gothenburg Sweden
126–150 151–175 University of Graz Austria
126–150 101–125 University of Groningen Netherlands
126–150 NR HSE University Russian Federation
126–150 126–150 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
126–150 96 University of Leicester United Kingdom
126–150 151–175 University of Limerick Republic of Ireland
126–150 101–125 University of Macau Macao
126–150 101–125 Mizzou - University of Missouri United States
126–150 126–150 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
126–150 151–175 University of Notre Dame United States
126–150 126–150 University of Southampton United Kingdom
126–150 201–250 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
126–150 151–175 University of Sussex United Kingdom
126–150 201–250 Syracuse University United States
126–150 126–150 Temple University United States
126–150 151–175 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
126–150 101–125 The University of Western Australia Australia
151–175 151–175 University of Alberta Canada
151–175 201–250 Australian Catholic University Australia
151–175 101–125 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
151–175 176–200 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
151–175 101–125 Boston University United States
151–175 251–300 University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
151–175 201–250 Goldsmiths, University of London United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 Iowa State University United States
151–175 126–150 University of Lisbon Portugal
151–175 151–175 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
151–175 151–175 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
151–175 201–250 Monterrey Institute of Technology Mexico
151–175 NR Northeast Normal University China
151–175 126–150 The Open University United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 University of Oregon United States
151–175 126–150 University of Otago New Zealand
151–175 201–250 University of Oulu Finland
151–175 201–250 Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University Russian Federation
151–175 151–175 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil
151–175 126–150 Queensland University of Technology Australia
151–175 88 University of São Paulo Brazil
151–175 151–175 South China Normal University China
151–175 101–125 Stockholm University Sweden
151–175 126–150 University of Tasmania Australia
151–175 126–150 Tufts University United States
176–200 201–250 University of Barcelona Spain
176–200 201–250 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
176–200 201–250 University of California, Riverside United States
176–200 NR Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
176–200 176–200 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
176–200 NR University of Cologne Germany
176–200 176–200 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
176–200 176–200 Florida International University United States
176–200 151–175 Georgia State University United States
176–200 176–200 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
176–200 201–250 University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
176–200 201–250 Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom
176–200 101–125 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
176–200 176–200 Newcastle University United Kingdom
176–200 151–175 University of Padua Italy
176–200 NR Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris Malaysia
176–200 151–175 RMIT University Australia
176–200 126–150 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
176–200 251–300 San Diego State University United States
176–200 251–300 TU Dresden Germany
176–200 201–250 Tel Aviv University Israel
176–200 201–250 Tilburg University Netherlands
176–200 =90 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University United States
176–200 176–200 University of Waikato New Zealand
176–200 151–175 University of Wollongong Australia
176–200 176–200 York University Canada

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