School At-A-Glance

Want to get a peek at one of the nation's top schools of education? Check out the School of Education promotional video — or share it with others. 

 For more School of Education videos, visit our​ YouTube Channel 


The School is comprised of 10 academic departments, three major research units, and an array of outreach services. In addition to several core education programs, about half of the School's students are enrolled in fine art, dance, counseling, occupational therapy and exercise science programs. The School also houses several service units that serve the School and the broader community. The Dean works with the School of Education Board of Visitors on a number of events and initiatives from literacy and alumni mentorship to fundraising and strategic priorities. Several standing committees of staff, faculty and students also support the Dean and the School's strategic priorities.

National Rankings

The UW-Madison School of Education is consistently ranked one of the top schools of education in the nation. In the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School Choices, the School ranked fourth in the nation overall and was No. 1 among public institutions.

The School also received high marks in individual departments and programs. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of the Best Education Graduate Schools, UW-Madison programs ranked by education school deans and deans of graduate studies include:

Best Grad School rankings• No. 1 Curriculum/Instruction

• No. 1 Educational Psychology

• No. 1 Printmaking (as voted on by deans and department chairs in the fine arts; the School of Education is home to the Art Department)

• No. 2 Administration/Supervision

• No. 3 Education Policy

• No. 3 Secondary Education

• No. 4 Elementary Education

• No. 6 Counseling/Personnel Services

• No. 9 Special Education

• No. 14 Occupational Therapy (as voted on by program directors and faculty in health disciplines; the School of Education is home to the Department of Kinesiology’s OT program)

• No. 15 Fine Arts (as voted on by deans and department chairs in the fine arts; the School of Education is home to the Art Department)

Note: Not all graduate programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report each year.

School Data

Please see our annual Data Digest for more statistics about the School.