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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution residing on 140 urban acres in Baltimore, Maryland.  Its graduate education programs are part of the School of Education, which offers degree programs for prospective administrators, counselors and teachers.  Specialties in gifted education, reading, technology and other areas are also available.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is a private institution residing on 333 urban acres in Nashville, Tennessee.  Its graduate education programs are part of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, which offers concentrations in areas such as behavior analysis and organizational leadership.  Peabody alumni include Chris Barbic, founder of YES College Preparatory Schools.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

A private institution founded in 1636, Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offers a wide variety of master's and doctoral concentrations, including international education policy and mind, brain and education.  Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Tom Payzant is an HGSE alum.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A private institution founded in 1885, Stanford University resides on 8,180 suburban acres in Stanford, California.  Its graduate education programs are part of the Stanford School of Education, which offers more than 10 areas of master's and doctorate specialization.  Many graduates of the Stanford School of Education have gone on to become college professors and administrators.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution residing on 279 urban acres in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Its graduate education programs are part of the School of Education, which offers Master of Science, Master of Science in Education, Master of Philosophy in Education, PhDs and EdDs.  Faculty and students help to manage schools in West Philadelphia and train local educators.

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University of Wisconsin--Madison

Madison, WI

A public institution founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin - Madison resides on 936 urban acres in Madison, Wisconsin.  Its graduate education programs are part of the School of Education, which is made up 10 departments, from Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis to Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy.  Students can also get involved with projects through the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

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University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is a public institution residing on 703 urban acres in Seattle, Washington.  The school's graduate education programs are part of the College of Education, which offers master’s and doctoral degree programs for administrators, clinicians and teachers.  There are also unique programs for grad students pursuing speciality disciplines.

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Teachers College, Columbia University

New York, NY

Teacher's College, Columbia University (TC) is affiliated with New York's Columbia University, a private institution located in Manhattan.  It is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the U.S.  TC has 10 departments that encompass more than 60 major academic programs, with about 30% of students concentrated in teacher education.

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University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a public institution residing on 3,071 urban acres in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Its graduate education programs are part of the School of Education, which offers master of science and master of arts degrees for current and future educators, administrators, and leaders.  There are also PhD programs in 10 areas, including Learning Technologies and Organization Behavior and Management.

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University of Texas--Austin

Austin, TX

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas - Austin (UT-Austin) is a public institution residing on 431 urban acres in Austin, Texas.  Its graduate education programs are part of the school's College of Education, which is divided into seven departments.  UT-Austin education grad students are often involved in projects through school centers like the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

A private institution founded in 1851, Northwestern University resides on 231 suburban acres in Evanston, Illinois.  Its graduate education programs are part of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), which offers five degree options for students to earn a master's or doctorate.  Notable alumni include Amy Liu, cofounder of the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

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University of California--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

A public institution founded in 1919, the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) resides on 419 urban acres in Los Angeles, California.  Its graduate education programs are part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), which is especially known for training education administrators, policymakers, and psychologists.

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University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon (UO) is a public institution residing on 295 urban acres in Eugene, Oregon.  Its graduate education programs are part of the school's College of Education, which readies grad students to work as administrators, researchers, social scientists and teachers.  The UO College of Education has spearheaded academic programming used in schools across the nation.

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University of California--Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

A public institution founded in 1868, the University of California - Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) resides on 1,232 urban acres in Berkeley, California.  Its Graduate School of Education offers degrees in three areas:  Cognition and Development; Language and Literacy, Society and Culture; and Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation.  Research opportunities and teaching placements are offered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, a public research institution founded in 1855 resides on 10,000 suburban acres in East Lansing, directly east of Michigan’s state capital, Lansing. Graduate students at the College of Education may pursue doctoral and master’s degrees which include six master’s degree programs completely obtainable online. Specializations within these programs of study include K-12 educational administration, kinesiology, teaching and curriculum, and rehabilitation counseling.

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Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Founded in 1870, Ohio State University (OSU) is a public research university located on 1,765 urban acres in Columbus, Ohio. The Department of Educational Studies (formerly the Department of Pedagogy, founded in 1895) within the College of Education and Human Ecology offers its graduate students the chance to pursue specializations that include college and university teaching, quantitative research methods, and teaching in virtual environments.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

Founded in 1865 as a public research university, University of Kansas (KU) is the largest university in the state of Kansas and resides on more than 1,000 urban acres in the college town of Lawrence, Kansas. Graduate students at the School of Education may obtain Master of Science in Education, Doctoral, and Master of Arts in Education degrees in specializations such as educational leadership & policy studies, psychology & research in education, special education, and curriculum & teaching.

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

A private institution founded in 1880, the University of Southern California resides on 226 urban acres in Los Angeles, California.  Its graduate education programs are part of the Rossier School of Education, which offers seven master's degrees and three doctoral degrees.  Students also have access to several professional development programs and the USC Language Academy.

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New York University

New York, NY

Founded as a private research university in 1831, New York University (NYU) resides on 229 urban acres in New York City, New York.  The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development was founded in 1890 and now offers its graduate students the chance to pursue masters as well as graduate degrees in specializations in a variety of topics including bilingual education, childhood education, early childhood education, educational leadership, games for learning, history of education, music education, sociology of education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburg (Pitt) is a state related research university founded in 1787 and located on 132 urban acres in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Over 80 percent of students at Pitt’s School of Education are graduate students pursuing master’s, PhD, and EdD degrees in  over 20 specializations including applied developmental psychology, early childhood education, special education teacher preparation, school leadership, and education of students with mental and physical disabilities.

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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Established as a public research institution in 1819, University of Virginia (UVA) is located on more than 1,600 suburban acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Curry School of Education at UVA offers doctoral, maters, and education specialist (Ed.S.) degrees to its Graduate students. Over 20 areas of study are obtainable at the school and include specializations such as education policy, speech pathology & audiology, reading education, and curriculum & Instruction.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a private Jesuit research university that resides on more than 330 suburban acres in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Its graduate students at the Lynch School of Education are offered programs such as Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master’s Policies & Procedures, PhD Policy & Procedures, Master of Arts (M.A.) in programs that include mental health counseling and higher education administration, and doctoral degree programs in including applied developmental and educational psychology and curriculum and instruction. 

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Indiana University--Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is a public research university founded in 1820 and located in Bloomington, Indiana. The School of Education at IU Bloomington offers graduate students the chance to obtain master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in program concentrations that include adult education, counseling psychology, curriculum studies, elementary education, education policy studies, human development, learning sciences, secondary education, and special education just to name a few. 

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