U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 14 among the nation's best education schools—and No. 5 among education schools at public institutions—in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 12.

Dean Mia Tuan said the ranking underscores the College's commitment to equity-focused partnerships with schools and communities throughout Washington and beyond.

“UW College of Education faculty and students are taking on the deep work needed to truly put students, families and communities at the forefront of education,” Tuan said. “Through our research, partnerships and preparation of future educators and leaders, we are especially committed to centering those students and communities for whom educational justice is still too often denied.”

U.S. News sent surveys to 392 schools granting education doctoral degrees, with 258 providing data that the publication used to calculate rankings. Measures include quality assessments based on surveys filled out by education school deans and deans of graduate studies, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity. (Read more about U.S. News' methodology.)

In the latest rankings of education specialty programs, UW had Top 20-ranked programs in seven of the eight areas in which it has programs. For the fifth consecutive year, at least three UW education specialty programs were ranked among the top 10 nationally. UW's ranked programs are:

Unlike the overall rankings, specialty rankings for the various programs are based solely on nominations by education deans and deans of graduate studies who were asked to select up to 15 programs of excellence in each specialty.

Among the College’s ongoing research-practice partnerships to close opportunity gaps and advance great teaching, Tuan noted:

  • The Banks Center for Educational Justice organized a “Teaching for Black Lives” gathering for current and future teachers and community members in partnership with the Seattle Education Association, Center for Race and Equity, and Ethnic Studies Program of Seattle Public Schools.
  • The Family Leadership Design Collaborative, a national effort to advance community wellbeing and justice, recently hosted its third national convening of community members, researchers and educators.
  • A new teacher training initiative is working to ease the shortage of dual language teachers in Washington’s schools by supporting the preparation of additional certified teachers in the UW’s Elementary Teacher Education Program.

To see how programs across UW were ranked in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools, read this UW News article.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications
206-543-1035, dwunder@uw.edu