School At-A-Glance

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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 2020 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Education Graduate Schools ratings, the School is ranked No. 1 among all public schools of education (tied with UCLA).

In addition to this overall rank, UW–Madison’s School of Education is also home to nine specialty programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation:

• No. 1 — Rehabilitation Counseling

Best Grad School rankings

• 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

UW-Madison also ranked 20th in the specialty area of Higher Education Administration.

Not all graduate programs are ranked by U.S. News and World Report each year.

For example, the School of Education’s Art Department is home to the top-ranked printmaking program and the 15th-ranked fine arts program (as voted on by deans and department chairs in the fine arts). The Department of Kinesiology, meanwhile, houses the 14th-ranked occupational therapy program (as voted on by program directors and faculty in health disciplines). However, updated rankings in those areas were not included in U.S. News’ 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings.