There are lots of interesting options for grad students seeking advanced degrees in education, including administration, counseling, curriculum/instruction, policy, psychology, elementary ed., higher education administration, secondary ed., special, and vocational/technical. U.S. News & World Report evaluated 280 schools granting doctoral degrees on quality, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. From the methodology: Two surveys were conducted in the fall of 2011. Education school deans and deans of graduate studies were asked to rate program quality from marginal (1) to outstanding (5). This is the peer assessment score. Superintendents in a sampling of districts nationwide were also asked to rate programs. This is the superintendent assessment score. The Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, grabbed the No. 1 spot on the list for the fourth consecutive year with an overall score of 100. Average GRE scores in 2011 were 634 verbal/702 quantitative; peer assessment score was 4.6 out of 5, as was the superintendent assessment score. Total graduate enrollment in 2011 was 855. The Harvard Graduate School of Education in Massachusetts scored 97 in the No. 2 spot. The average graduate GRE score in 2011 was 664 verbal/710 quantitative. The peer assessment score was 4.5 out of 5, and the superintendent score was 4.8.

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The College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin is No. 3 with an overall score of 96. Average GRE scores in 2011 were 543 verbal/625 quantitative; peer assessment score was 4.1 out of 5. The superintendent assessment score was 4.3. Total graduate enrollment in 2011 was 1,273. No. 4 on the list is the Stanford University School of Education in Stanford, California. The average graduate GRE score in 2011 was 650 verbal/715 quantitative. The peer assessment score was 4.5 out of 5, and the superintendent score was 4.8. The school enrolled 359 students in 2011. The school has a higher rate of doctoral students per faculty member, and fewer research dollars than the higher-ranking schools. Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York is No. 5 with an overall score of 89. The average graduate GRE score in 2011 was 547 verbal/655 quantitative. The peer assessment score was 4.5 out of 5, and the superintendent score was 4.6. The school enrolled 5,108 students in 2011. "Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best.  This is a new from the website of the school. Two schools tied for No. 6 with scores of 87. The first is Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland. The school has three research centers: the Center for Research and Reform in Education; the Center for Social Organization of Schools; and the Center for Technology in Education.  The average graduate GRE score in 2011 was 551 verbal/671 quantitative. The peer assessment score was 3.9 out of 5, and the superintendent score was 4.6. The school enrolled 1,650 students in 2011.