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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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