Penn GSE ranks #1 in U.S. News & World Report Best Education Schools

March 30, 2021
#1 Best Graduate School of Education, Penn GSE (Graphic rendering)

For the first time, Penn’s Graduate School of Education has topped the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings for graduate schools of education. The school shares the #1 spot with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and the ranking marks the sixth consecutive year Penn GSE has been in the top 5.

“We are honored to be ranked in the top position, especially during this difficult year. Credit goes to Penn GSE’s extraordinary faculty, researchers, partners, students, alumni, and staff who work together to further our mission of expanding educational access, especially to those who are underserved or marginalized,” said Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings also highlight Penn GSE’s strength across a variety of disciplines. For 14 years running, Penn GSE's leadership in the world of education policy has been reflected with top 10 positions – both the Education Policy Division and the Higher Education Division moved up to the #5 spots in their respective categories.

Penn GSE’s teacher education programs have also been recognized among the nation’s best, with Secondary Teacher Education named as a top specialty area. The School’s excellence in preparing students to build creativity in the classroom has been recognized for the third year in a row with a ranking in Curriculum and Instruction.

For the fourth straight year, Penn GSE’s Education Administration programs were highlighted, and the School also ranked highly in Educational Psychology for the second time in three years.

Grounded in a commitment to research backed up by over $60 million in funded work, Penn GSE is an Ivy League school committed to finding solutions to the challenges facing education. World-renowned faculty are among the most accomplished in their fields. 

Students have tremendous opportunities to develop tight-knit relationships with education’s leading scholars and participate in cutting-edge research. With some of the most selective doctoral programs in the country, Penn GSE has approximately two doctoral candidates for every standing faculty member. Master’s students benefit from a rigorous atmosphere that emphasizes real-world applications for every lesson. Penn GSE also offers a range of executive-style degrees that prepare professionals to be thought leaders and innovators in the evolving education landscape.

Current students and graduates have access to career services support through both the University of Pennsylvania and Penn GSE’s own in-house, nationally certified career counselor who specializes in the education marketplace. Graduates join a powerful alumni network that includes teachers and leaders, entrepreneurs, and college presidents.

Penn GSE and its partners continue to provide leadership in the field and work toward making a positive impact through teaching, research, innovation, and transformational approaches to expanding educational opportunity.