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The 10 Best Graduate Schools for Education

The 10 Best Graduate Schools for Education

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For college students planning a career in education, graduate school may very well be on the horizon. U.S. News & World Report recently posted a list of the best graduate schools for education majors. Take a look at the top ten!

Vanderbilt University – The Peabody School of Education and Human Development (Nashville, TN)

  • Students: 855 enrolled
  • Tuition: $1,680 per credit (both full and part time)
  • Application Deadline: December 31st
  • Fun Fact: Vanderbilt undergraduate students have the option to complete a 1-year master’s degree in one of the 15 specialized concentrations offered to graduate students.

Harvard University - Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA)

  • Students: 936 enrolled
  • Tuition: $36,992 per year (full time), $18,496 per year (part time)
  • Application Deadline: December 14th
  • Fun Fact: Grad students primarily interested in education reform can participate in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program, which is tuition free.

University of Texas – Austin - College of Education (Austin, TX)

  • Students: 1,273 enrolled
  • Tuition: $8,110 (out state, part time); $15,770 (out state, full time); $7,786 (in state, part time); $14,666 (in state, full time)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Fun Fact: Students and professors are often very involved with research projects involving high schools in the Austin area.

Stanford University - Stanford Teacher Education Program (Stanford, CA)

  • Students: 359 enrolled
  • Tuition: $40,050 per year
  • Application Deadline: December 4th
  • Fun Fact: Joint degree programs are offered through Stanford’s business and law schools.

Teacher’s College, Columbia University (New York, NY)

  • Students: 5,108 enrolled
  • Tuition: $1,231 per credit (full and part time)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Fun Fact: As the oldest and largest graduate school for education in the country, Teacher’s College worked with the New York Department of Education to open a new elementary school in 2011. This public school will use it’s affiliation with higher education to give its kids the best in educational resources.

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

  • Students: 1,650 enrolled
  • Tuition: $33,000 per year (full time), $577 per credit (part time)
  • Application Deadline: April 1st
  • Fun Fact: The federally funded Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education is run by Johns Hopkins and aids school districts in dire financial need across the country.

University of California Los Angeles - Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Students: 835 enrolled
  • Tuition: $15,102 per year (full time)
  • Application Deadline: December 3rd
  • Fun Fact: This school is known for educating new administrators and policy makers. The UCLA Lab School is an experimental, on-campus school that works with kindergartners through sixth graders to find innovative teaching methods.

University of Oregon - College of Education (Eugene, OR)

  • Students: 681 enrolled
  • Tuition: $14,556/year (in state, full time); $20,658/year (out state, full time); $488/credit (in state, part time); $714/credit (out state, part time)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Fun Fact: The Positive Behavior Support System began at the University of Oregon; this academic programming now reaches 10,000 schools across the U.S.
Northwestern University - School of Education and Social Policy (Evanston, IL)
  • Students: 356 enrolled
  • Tuition: $41,592 (per year, full time), $4,622 (per credit, part time)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Fun Fact: Northwestern offers an accelerated degree program called NU-TEACH. After one summer of classes, students are put into their own classroom, under supervision. If the first year goes well, students spend the next four years teaching in Chicago Public Schools.

University of Pennsylvania - Graduate School of Education (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Students: 1,212 enrolled
  • Tuition: $42,950 per year (full time), $5,370 per credit (part time)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Fun Fact: Students and professors help run schools located in West Philadelphia and train educators in the area.

Do you have any advice for students looking into graduate education programs? Share your experiences here! Then, visit Cappex to find out more about the best schools for education.

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Even in Tough Economy, Earning College Degree Important as Ever

Earning College Degree Still Important

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In the midst of a bad economy, you may be wondering, “Is a college degree worth it? It is that important?” Rest assured, experts still assert that a college degree is your best asset when trying to join the workforce. While students with college degrees are often having trouble finding jobs, let alone jobs pertaining to their university major, people who do not have college degrees are having an even harder time.

According to a new research study published by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the majority of jobs lost in the recession were held by workers who did not have a college degree (.pdf).

“The recession hit those with less schooling disproportionately hard—nearly four out of five jobs lost were held by those with no formal education beyond high school,” the introduction to the report said. “At the other end of the spectrum, workers who had completed a four-year college degree or higher were largely protected against job losses during the recession and some high-education fields even had job gains. The job recovery has only increased the divide between the less-educated and more-educated.”

With rising tuition costs and high unemployment rates across the country, many people began to question whether or not a college degree is really important. The study found that graduating from college remains an individual’s best ally in the job market.

Since the economy began a recovery phase, 3.4 million jobs have been added to the workforce. The study reports that all of the gains made were found in individuals who had received at least some level of college education. Students who had received a Bachelor’s degree found 2 million new jobs, and 91 percent of individuals who have an Associate’s degree have recovered the jobs they had before the recession.

Other factors of employment were also discussed, such as gender disparity and post-recession job gains.

“Although women still outnumber men among students enrolled in four-year colleges and graduate programs, the rate of men enrolling in college increased significantly during and after the recession. Though the differences between enrollment growth rates for men and women are marginal, the changes were taking place in the right direction. As a result, instead of a widening gap of college enrollment between men and women, enrollment levels of men and women are expected to parallel each other in the future,” the study said.

Although times may be tough, the benefits of education are indisputable, and experts urge high school seniors to attend college after graduation and attain the highest degree possible. This will ensure that students are well-equipped to find a job and become contributing members of society.

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How Social Media and Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

laptopStudents rejoice! According to this Mashable.com article, social media and game mechanics could actually positively affect you. So next time your mom tells you to get off the video games and set the table–well, you should probably listen to your mother.

But, you can explain to your mother later that social media and online games can teach skills that can be difficult to teach in normal school curricula–like time managements, teamwork and creative problem solving.

Here’s how Mashable breaks down how social media and gaming mechanics can have a positive affect on education:

Status Update and Checkins
Whether high school students or college students send a tweet or a Facebook status to their entire network about a goal they have, it becomes more real, especially if people comment on it and provide feedback. As with the status updates, checkins make people feel like they’re not alone–they’re traveling with someone else. Plus, it also adds a bit of a healthy competitive edge. Both of these things are factors that could motivate students to work harder to reach their goals.

Leaderboards
Today in school, everybody is a winner; there are no losers. Leaderboards bring back that competitive edge to school in a way that’s completely powered by students’ own desire to do better. By comparing progress with each other’s peers, students are driven to move up the leaderboard. This tactic can give mundane school assignments a bit of a makeover.

Move Up the Levels
A little positive feedback never hurt nobody. Offering levels for students to move up in is a great motivator. Take the Cappex Cap Challenge (log in and start playing now!), for example. Not only do you get further in your college search, but the more you do for your college search, the more you move up levels and are rewarded virtual caps and real prizes.

What’s your take on social media and gaming in school?  Comment and share!