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A Master’s degree in education can completely reinvent your career opportunities in the field. But selecting a Master’s degree in education that is affordable, feasible for you to complete, plus has a strong reputation and accreditation can be difficult. Fortunately, at Bachelor’s Degree Center, we’ve done significant research into undergraduate and graduate education degrees, and we’ve presented our findings to you in digestible rankings and answers to common questions in the field. Our rankings let you figure out what features of a Master’s degree in education are most important to you, then examine the schools that best reflect those.

Our ranking of the Top 10 Education Degree Programs takes a look at a school’s entire education degree catalog. For this ranking, we chose schools that offered traditional, on-campus programs for students who prefer a traditional, more personalized education to an online one. We also didn’t consider any school charging over $50,000 in tuition, because the median teacher salary is just over $53,000.

Schools made the ranking based on their cost of attendance, flexibility, selectivity, award-winning professors, GRE scores, research expenditures, and more. We prioritized schools based on NCATE accreditation, the number of teaching specialties, and reviews of the classroom experience.

Considering all the ways we rank schools, ask yourself:

  • How much does a specific Master’s degree in education cost, and what can you afford?
  • Is the Master’s education degree that’s best for you delivered in an online, on-campus, or hybrid format?
  • How much time can you commit to a Master’s education degree?
  • What is the school offering a prospective program’s NCATE accreditation and reputation?
  • What kind of work do you want to do in education?
  • What state would you like to live in, go to school in, and eventually be licensed to teach in?

With these questions guiding you, you’re far more likely to choose the right Master’s program in education or you.

All of the schools on our Top 10 Education Degree Programs ranking came from the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 survey of Best Education Schools and were chosen from its Top 20 based on our own formula. Some of the top schools on the list that offer a Master’s degree in education include:

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, which has a top-ranked Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) degree, only costs $10,415 for Wisconsin residents.
  • Vanderbilt University, which offers a whopping 17 master’s that feature NCATE accreditation, including a top-ranked Master’s in Reading Education.
  • University of Washington, which boasts 13 incredible graduate education programs including its M.Ed. in Education Policy and M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, while only charging $11,839 for in-state residents.

More information about these schools and other top accredited Master’s degrees in education can be found in our Top 10 Education Degree Programs.


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