Top Universities with Elementary Education Programs

Hundreds of colleges and universities across the country offer degree programs for aspiring elementary educators. Read on to learn about two of the top schools offering such programs, including their course offerings and rankings.

Top Schools for Elementary Education

Elementary education can be found in programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Two of the top elementary education programs in the country are offered by the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) and the University of Georgia (UGA). Both schools are ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report, and both offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the field.

1. University of Wisconsin - Madison

School Highlight: The University of Wisconsin - Madison campus was ranked #47 among national colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2017, and the second best university in the nation for elementary teacher education for 2015.

Graduate students in programs leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. from the School of Education choose an area of study from several subfields, one of which is elementary education. Undergraduates can earn a B.S. in Education with a concentration in elementary education. The undergraduate program has four optional tracks. The first two are; early childhood/English as a second language, which deals with children from birth to age 8 and the middle childhood-early adolescence/ English as a second language track, which focuses on the 6-13 age range. The third track is middle childhood-early adolescence/special education and the fourth track is middle childhood-early adolescence/content focused minor.

2. University of Georgia in Athens, GA

School Highlight: UGA was #62 in a ranking of the nation's best universities sixth among U.S. schools for elementary teacher education by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

The Department of Elementary & Social Studies Education offers programs leading to a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Teaching that can prepare students to become licensed teachers. Experienced teachers can complete advanced studies in education issues from the school's M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program. The highest level of education available is at the specialist or doctoral level. Most who want to teach at the K-12 level choose the Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education program, while those interested in teaching or research at the postsecondary level opt for the Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice .

Top Schools with Programs in Elementary Education

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Three research centers including, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education Tempe, AZ
Michigan State UniversityMSU ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 listing of schools with the best elementary education programs East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University Works closely with programs and public outreach centers such as the Literacy Collaborative Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University In 2011, the College of Education received the 'Spirit of Partnership' award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools University Park, PA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 28% of graduate students are from underrepresented populations Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #4 on its list of best schools to offer elementary education programs Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin Education centers include the Center for STEM Education, the Institute for Public School Initiatives, the Texas Center for Education Policy, and more Austin, TX
University of Washington - SeattleStudents have the opportunity to teach English abroad Seattle, WA

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