What Is the Top School for a Master's Degree in Teaching?

Learn why Stanford University was selected as a top school in the United States for students to earn a master's degree in teaching. Find out about Stanford and its graduate teaching programs. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Top School for a Master's Degree in Education

Students looking for a master's program in education should determine if the school offers a pathway to certification as an elementary or secondary school teacher, as well as provides those with previous teaching experience more focused degrees to enhance their knowledge and skills.

What is a Top Education School?

Stanford University in California

At Stanford University's School of Education, students can complete the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) and earn a Master of Arts in Education, as well as become teacher certified in the state of California. Additionally, Stanford offers those who are already certified the opportunity to obtain a Master of Arts in Education in a variety of focus areas, listed below.

Stanford University was ranked the #7 best national university in 2019, and its graduate School of Education was ranked #3 among like schools in the nation in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report.

  • Master of Arts in Education: The Stanford Teacher Education Program
  • Master of Arts in Education: Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education: Learning, Design, and Technology
  • Master of Arts in Education: International Policy Analysis
  • Master of Arts in Education: International Comparative Education
  • Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education
  • Master of Arts in Education: Individually Designed MA in Education (for doctorate students only)
  • Joint MA/MBA in Education and Business Administration
  • Joint MA/MPP in Public Policy and Education
  • Joint MA/JD in Education in Law

Ten Top Schools with Master's Degrees in Education

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA $47,000
University of Pennsylvania4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA $39,000
Stanford University4-year, PrivateStanford, CA$51,000
University of California-Los Angeles4-year, PublicLos Angeles, CA $13,000
University of Wisconsin, Madison4-year, PublicMadison, WI$12,000
Vanderbilt University (Peabody)4-year, PrivateNashville, TN$48,000
Johns Hopkins University4-year, PrivateBaltimore, MD$56,000
New York University (Steinhardt) 4-year, Private New York, NY$45,000
Teacher's College, Columbia University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$40,000
Northwestern University4-year, PrivateEvanston, IL$55,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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