Top Schools for Education and Curriculum Supervision

Find out which top schools offer programs in education and curriculum supervision, through which school administrators and teachers learn to monitor instructional materials, methods and technologies. Read about four top universities here, and find a summary of other schools with similar programs.

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Programs in education and curriculum supervision can lead to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in several disciplines, including learning and instruction, education policy and higher education administration.

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Top programs can be found at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University and Boston College. The graduate education programs at each of these schools were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

School Highlight: The Education college is home to the Peabody Research Institute.

In 2017, the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University placed fifth on U.S. News & World Report's survey of 'Best Education Schools'. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's education administration and supervision program first, and the curriculum and instruction program sixth in the nation for the same year. As of 2017, Vanderbilt University also placed on The Princeton Review's list of 'Best Southeastern Colleges'.

The college offers master's degree programs in learning and instruction, teaching and learning in urban schools, higher education administration and education policy. Doctoral leadership and policy studies programs are also available to students who would like to take on administrative roles in K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: UT Austin was ranked among the best 381 colleges by The Princeton Review for 2017.

The University of Texas at Austin placed 10th on U.S. News & World Report's list of 'Best Education Schools' in 2017. It also ranked 7th among curriculum and instruction programs and third for its education administration and supervision specialty for the same year. In 2017, The Princeton Review identified the university as a 'Best Western' school.

UT - Austin's College of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in educational policy and planning, as well as a master's degree program in higher education administration. Doctoral students can further specialize in community college leadership or special education administration.

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

School Highlight: Northwestern offers four undergraduate concentrations in education.

As of 2017, Northwestern University ranked tied for eighth on U.S. News & World Report's survey of 'Best Education Schools'. The university also tied at 12th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities for 2017.

Students interested in instructional design can enroll in bachelor's and master's degree programs in learning and organizational change. A master's degree program in higher education administration and policy is also offered. Educators who would like to learn how to integrate technology into schools and classrooms can pursue master's or doctoral degree programs in learning sciences.

Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA

School Highlight: Boston College is a Jesuit university that offers community service opportunities to education students.

The Lynch School of Education at Boston College offers a wide range of master's degree programs for students interested in education and curriculum supervision. Students can pursue degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading and Literacy, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education and Secondary Education, among other topics. There is also a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program. In addition, the Lynch School offers undergraduate majors in elementary education and secondary education for aspiring teachers. Among education schools, Boston College was ranked tied at #23 by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Top Education and Curriculum Supervision Programs

Here are some more schools with strong education programs:

  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, houses the Center for Research and Reform in Education, the Center for Social Organization of Schools, and the Center for Technology in Education.
  • Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, requires a competency portfolio for graduation.
  • New York University in New York, NY, offers unique study abroad opportunities for educators.
  • The University of California - Berkeley was ranked tied at 18th among graduate education by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign houses the Bureau of Educational Research.
  • The University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, was ranked tied at #44 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

For aspiring educators and experienced teachers who want to advance their skills or redirect their careers in particular areas, undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available at highly ranked colleges and universities.

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