Top Universities with Elementary Education Programs
Elementary education can be found in programs leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching, Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Two top elementary education programs in the country are offered by the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) and the University of Georgia (UGA).
Top Schools for Elementary Education
1. University of Wisconsin - Madison
As one of the nation's largest public university systems, the University of Wisconsin System has 26 campuses and over 178,000 students. The Madison campus was ranked 45th among national colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. The school was also named the second best university in the nation for elementary teacher education in 2010 by the magazine.
Graduate students in the programs leading to M.S. or a Ph.D. degrees from the School of Education choose an area of study from 19 subfields, one of which is elementary education. Available to undergraduates is the B.S. in Education program with a concentration in elementary education. The undergraduate program has two optional tracks - the early childhood/middle childhood track, which deals with children from birth to age 11, and the middle childhood/early adolescence track, which focuses on the 6-13 age range.
- Address: 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706
- Phone Number: (608) 262-1234
2. University of Georgia in Athens, GA
UGA was 56th in a ranking of the nation's best universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. In addition to the main campus in Athens, UGA has three other regional campuses in the state.
The Department of Elementary & Social Studies Education offers programs leading to a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Teaching that prepare students to become licensed teachers. Experienced teachers can obtain 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 doctorate 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 Early Childhood Education. In 2010, U.S News & World Report ranked UGA third among top U.S. schools for elementary teacher education.
- Address: Athens, GA 30602
- Phone Number: (706) 542-3000
List of Good U.S. Schools with Programs in Elementary Education
|School Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|Arizona State University||68,064||Tempe, AZ 85287||(480) 965-9011|
|Ohio State University||55,014||190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210||(614) 292-6446|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|Michigan State University||47,071||East Lansing, MI 48824||(517) 355-1855|
|University of Washington - Seattle||45,943||1400 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98195||(206) 543-2100|
|Pennsylvania State University||45,185||201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802||(814) 865-4700|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||43,881||601 East John St., Champaign, IL 61820||(217) 333-1000|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||42,347||107 South Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405||(812) 855-4848|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||41,654||500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706||(608) 262-1234|
|University of California - Los Angeles||38,550||405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095||(310) 825-4321|
|University of Maryland - College Park||37,195||College Park, MD 20742||(301) 405-1000|
|University of Georgia||34,885||Athens, GA 30602||(706) 542-3000|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||28,916||Chapel Hill, NC, 27599||(919) 962-2211|
|University of Connecticut||25,029||Storrs, CT 06269||(860) 486-2000|
|University of Virginia||24,355||Charlottesville, VA 22904||(434) 924-0311|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|Johns Hopkins University||20,383||3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218||(410) 516-8000|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|Vanderbilt University||12,506||2101 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240||(615) 322-7311|
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