Curry School Breaks into Top 15 in 2021 US News & World Report Rankings


Audrey Breen

The Curry School reached its highest ranking in more than two decades, with three teacher education programs and its administration and supervision program now ranked among the top six in the nation.

For the first time in more than two decades, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the top 15 graduate schools of education in the nation.

Climbing two spots from last year in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School rankings, the Curry School is now ranked No. 15 with a whopping four program areas ranked in the top six.

“Breaking into the top 15 and to be ranked the 8th public school of education speaks to the high quality of the work of our faculty and students and the impact that work has in the field,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School.

The rankings also reflect the Curry School as a leader in training teachers and school leaders. Three Curry School programs that prepare and license teachers are now ranked in the top six. The Special Education program was ranked No. 4, with Elementary Education No. 6. For the first time, Secondary Education jumped into the No. 6 spot.

In addition, the school’s Administration and Supervision program, where aspiring education leaders, principals and superintendents are trained, leapt into the No. 6 slot.

Four other program areas were ranked as a leader in their areas. The Education Policy program was ranked No. 10 and the Curriculum and Instruction program climbed into the No. 11 spot. Educational Psychology is ranked No. 15, while the Higher Education program returned to the rankings this year in the No. 20 spot.

In January, U.S. News & World Report ranked Curry School’s online master’s programs No. 3 in the nation.

“From classroom teachers to education leaders, from researchers to higher education administrators, the Curry School continues to lead in the preparation of professionals who make a difference in the lives of students and in communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country,” Pianta said.

The rankings, released each year in March, are based on a combination of peer surveys and statistical data. More than 250 schools were ranked.