Pitt Education Nationally Ranked in U.S. News & World Report

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is ranked No. 39 in the country in the 2021 “Best Education Schools” ranking of U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the school is again ranked as the No. 1 graduate school of education in Western Pennsylvania.

Highlighting Pitt Education’s position as one of the top schools in the country, the ranking is based on four metrics: a quality assessment score by peer institutions and educational professionals, student selectivity measures, faculty resources, and research activity. [View full methodology].

Pitt Education was also recognized in a specialty ranking, as No. 22 in Educational Psychology. The school offers a range of programs in this area, including Applied Behavior Analysis, Applied Developmental Psychology, and Early Intervention.

Other ranking highlights:

  • Pitt Education ranked #25 among all schools for its total funded research, at $23.2 million

  • Pitt Education ranked #20 among all schools for funded research productivity based upon faculty size

  • Pitt Education ranked #28 among all schools for its assessment score from educational professionals

“Undoubtedly, I am happy that our School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh is once again recognized as one of the top education schools in the nation,” said Valerie Kinloch, the school’s Renée and Richard Goldman Dean. “I believe what sets us apart is our school’s mission-vision, which is grounded in educational equity and justice. We prepare students to be leaders in education who strive for well-being for all students and families as well as for our broader communities.” [View Mission-Vision video]

Offering over 90 different degree and certificate programs, Pitt Education provides a wide range of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in various formats, including in-person, hybrid, and online. Subject areas include teacher certification, educational leadership, vision studies, human development, and health and physical activity.

The school is also home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Center for Urban Education, Healthy Lifestyle Institute, and Office of Child Development. Each center produces novel research and is deeply engaged in community-driven partnerships across Western Pennsylvania and the world. For example, the Be Fit Pitt initiative of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute began live-streaming at-home fitness classes for the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our School of Education, from our Centers and Institutes to our Falk Laboratory K-8 School, is committed to igniting learning, which is evident in our many school and community engaged partnerships, in our commitment to pursuing and producing knowledge, and in our investment in practice and policy,” said Kinloch. 

Learn More

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is actively recruiting students who want to become leaders in education. If you are interested in learning more about our programs, then browse our Degrees and Programs and/or contact our Admissions team at soeinfo@pitt.edu