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Top ranked education programs in California encompass the full spectrum of program types from large, public universities to small, private programs. One of the deepest academic areas covered in the graduate school rankings in U.S. News & World Report is, in fact, education. In all, 278 programs were examined in the process of creating the latest rankings. The top ranked graduate program in education is at Vanderbilt University, but a California school comes in second.
Stanford University’s School of Education (2) defines education broadly, to include home, religious and other community settings, business and industry, and the broader cultural context. Students have considerable latitude for tailoring programs to fit very specific intellectual and professional interests, and the small size of the programs foster in-depth collaboration, both among students and between students and faculty. Third and fourth positions go to the Teachers College at Columbia University and University of Oregon respectively.
UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) ranks fifth overall and includes two departments -- the Department of Education and the Department of Information Studies -- and encompasses more than a dozen graduate degree options.
The program at UC Berkeley (tied 7) shares its seventh place ranking with four other schools including: Johns Hopkins; Northwestern; University of Texas, Austin; and University of Wisconsin, Madison
In the mid range of rankings, USC ranks 22nd with the next California school, UC Riverside, coming in at tie for 54th. Four California school were part of a nine-way tie for 71st: San Diego State; UC Davis; UC Irvine; and UC Santa Cruz.
Rounding out the representation of California graduate programs in education were UC Santa Barbara, University of San Diego, and Claremont Graduate University, which has one of the smallest class sizes of all the programs in California at 473. Only Berkeley (432) and Stanford (379) have smaller classes.
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Janelle Jalbert is the founder of Edusistance and the creator of the Race to College Success program. She has been an educator and advisor for more than a decade. You can reach Janelle by email, follow her on Twitter @RacetoCollege or @edusistance, and add yourself as a fan of the Race to College Success Facebook page.