Hiring teachers? These schools of education may produce your best candidates

At the top of U.S. News and World Report's top schools of education list is a tie between the world-renowned Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hiring teachers is always top of mind for superintendents, principals and their teams and with shortages hitting most districts, it’s even more top of mind. Or, topmost of mind? Regardless, this week’s best schools of education rankings are worth a look as district leaders anticipate the next generation of prospective educators.

At the top of U.S. News and World Report’s best schools of education list is a tie between the world-renowned Teachers College at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is the first No. 1 ranking for the latter institution, which has landed in the top five in each of the last 11 years.

“These rankings highlight what we consider a significant strength of ours—and that’s the array of high-quality programs across our School of Education,” Diana Hess, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education, said in a statement.


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The list ranks schools in several specific areas, such as curriculum and instruction, educational administration and supervision, elementary and secondary teacher education, and student counseling. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, for instance, ranked No. 1 for educational psychology.

Here is the top 10:

  1. TIE: Teachers College, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. TIE: UCLA, University of Michigan
  3. Northwestern University
  4. Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
  5. University of Pennsylvania
  6. Harvard University
  7. Johns Hopkins University
  8. NYU Steinhardt

Click for U.S. News and World Report’s complete best schools of education list.

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is the managing editor of District Administration and a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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