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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).

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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.

Contact Information

  • 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.

Contact Information

  • 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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  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Education
      • Counseling and Guidance
      • Curriculum and Instruction
      • Educational Administration and Supervision
      • Educational Evaluation and Research
      • ESL Teaching
      • Philosophical Foundations of Education
      • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
        • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
        • Teaching, Elementary
        • Teaching, High School
        • Teaching, Young Children
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas
  • School locations:
    • Rhode Island (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Education
      • Educational Administration and Supervision
      • ESL Teaching
      • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
        • Teaching, Elementary
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas

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