Best universities for education degrees 2018

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

October 4 2017
best universities for education degrees

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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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 including 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 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. 

3. 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.

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 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. 

5. 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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Top universities for education degrees 2018 

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Education Rank 2018  University  Country
1 Stanford University United States
2 Harvard University United States
3 University of Oxford United Kingdom
4 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
5 University of California, Berkeley United States
6 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
=7 University of California, Los Angeles United States
=7 University of Michigan United States
9 University of Pennsylvania United States
10 Michigan State University United States
=11 University of Toronto Canada
=11 Vanderbilt University United States
=13 University of British Columbia Canada
=13 Columbia University United States
15 Johns Hopkins University United States
16 University College London United Kingdom
17 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
18 King’s College London United Kingdom
19 University of Washington United States
20 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
21 University of Melbourne Australia
22 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
23 University of Southern California United States
24 University of Sydney Australia
25 Pennsylvania State University United States
26 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
27 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
28 Arizona State University United States
29 University of Queensland Australia
30 University of Minnesota United States
31 Utrecht University Netherlands
32 Indiana University United States
33 University of Texas at Austin United States
34 Florida State University United States
=35 University of Helsinki Finland
=35 McGill University Canada
37 University of Auckland New Zealand
38 Monash University Australia
39 Boston College United States
40 University of Bristol United Kingdom
41 Ohio State University United States
42 The Open University United Kingdom
43 Seoul National University South Korea
44 University of Virginia United States
=45 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
=45 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
47 University of Tokyo Japan
48 Brown University United States
=49 Ghent University Belgium
=49 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
51 Durham University United Kingdom
52 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
53 University of Tübingen Germany
54 Lancaster University United Kingdom
55 University of Georgia United States
56 Maastricht University Netherlands
57 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
58 University of California, San Diego United States
59 University of Maryland, College Park United States
=60 University of Alberta Canada
=60 LMU Munich Germany
62 University of New South Wales Australia
63 University of Hamburg Germany
64 University of Southampton United Kingdom
65 KU Leuven Belgium
=66 University of Colorado Boulder United States
=66 Korea University South Korea
68 University of Manchester United Kingdom
69 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
=70 Free University of Berlin Germany
=70 University of Technology Sydney Australia
72 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
73 University of Pittsburgh United States
74 University of California, Irvine United States
=75 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
=75 University of Warwick United Kingdom
77 University of Exeter United Kingdom
78 Cardiff University United Kingdom
79 University of Western Australia Australia
80 University of Zurich Switzerland
81 Boston University United States
82 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
83 University of Oslo Norway
84 University of Jyväskylä Finland
85 Tufts University United States
=86 University of Connecticut United States
=86 University of Hawai’i at Mānoa United States
88 University of Groningen Netherlands
=89 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
=89 Queensland University of Technology Australia
=89 University of Rochester United States
=89 University of York United Kingdom
93 University of Kansas United States
94 University of Miami United States
95 University of Oregon United States
96 University of Bath United Kingdom
97 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
98 Simon Fraser University Canada
99 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
100 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea

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