About the School

The UW-Madison School of Education, like its peers, prepares a variety of professional educators through degree and certification programs in such areas as elementary and secondary education, educational leadership, special education, and counseling. But the School houses a much broader and more diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs than traditional education schools — from studio art, modern dance and theatre to exercise science and occupational therapy. In all, the School of Education is home to 10 academic departments.

The School's excellence flows from this diversity of offerings that are made possible by our dedicated, top-caliber faculty and staff — many of whom are nationally and internationally prominent in a range of fields. Many of our programs are ranked as being among the very best in the nation. We are consistently achieving at the highest levels across the entire School — in the arts, education and health-related fields.

In addition, our research prowess is second-to-none.  The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is one of the largest, oldest and most respected education research centers in the world. The demand for the highest quality research and well-prepared leaders has never been greater.

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Along with traditional teacher certification programs, undergraduate and graduate students have access to a wide range of programs. Art, Dance, Theatre & Drama, and Kinesiology are just a few of the diverse program opportunities housed within the School of Education.


The 2020 edition of U.S. News &
World Report's Best Graduate
School rankings rated our
School of Education programs:

• No. 1 — Rehabilitation Counseling

• No. 2 — Curriculum and Instruction

• No. 2 — Educational Administration and Supervision

• No. 2 — Educational Psychology

• No. 3 — Education Policy

• No. 3 — Student Counseling and Personnel Services

• No. 4 — Elementary Education

• No. 5 — Secondary Education

• No. 8 — Special Education

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

Learn more about these rankings in this report