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2021 Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools

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In 2018-2019, 306,739 education students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #4 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 321 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online graduate certificate programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Colleges.

#1

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Our analysis found Lamar University to be the most popular school for education students who want to pursue an online graduate certificate in the United States. Located in the city of Beaumont, Lamar University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 76% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 24% are male.

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Out of the 321 online programs at schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of Saint Rose landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Albany, Saint Rose is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 747 students majoring in education at Saint Rose, 21% are male and 79% are female.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arkansas State University - Main Campus. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. A-State is a large public school located in the small city of Jonesboro.

Of the 605 students majoring in education at A-State, 32% are male and 68% are female.

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#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Liberty University is a great place for education students working on their online graduate certificate. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

About 78% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 22% are male.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Portland State University is a great place for education students working on their online graduate certificate. Portland State University is a very large public school located in the city of Portland.

Of the 411 students majoring in education at Portland State University, 30% are male and 70% are female.

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#6

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Ball State University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 364 students majoring in education at Ball State, 10% are male and 90% are female.

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#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

About 85% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 15% are male.

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#8

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

About 76% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 24% are male.

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With a ranking of #9, Washington State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for education students working on their online graduate certificate. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 78% of the education majors at the school.

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#10

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #10 on the list. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

Of the 216 students majoring in education at WGU, 26% are male and 74% are female.

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Azusa Pacific University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 216 students majoring in education at Azusa Pacific, 25% are male and 75% are female.

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#11

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

University of West Georgia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. University of West Georgia is a fairly large public school located in the town of Carrollton.

Women make up 84% of the education majors at the school.

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#13

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

About 88% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 12% are male.

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#14

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA

With a ranking of #14, Valdosta State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for education students working on their online graduate certificate. Located in the city of Valdosta, VSU is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 82% of the education majors at the school.

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#15

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

Of the 202 students majoring in education at GWU, 18% are male and 82% are female.

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#16

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Kennesaw State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the suburb of Kennesaw, KSU Georgia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 77% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 23% are male.

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#17

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 75% of the education majors at the school.

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#18

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Northcentral University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of San Diego, Northcentral University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Women make up 80% of the education majors at the school.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #19 on the list. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

About 73% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 27% are male.

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#20

American College of Education

Indianapolis, IN

American College of Education landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online graduate certificate education programs. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, American College of Education is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 167 students majoring in education at American College of Education, 22% are male and 78% are female.

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#21

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner - Webb University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the town of Boiling Springs, Gardner - Webb is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 84% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 16% are male.

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#22

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster.

About 83% of the students majoring in education at the school are women while 17% are male.

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#23

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

University of West Alabama landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online graduate certificate education programs. Located in the remote area of Livingston, University of West Alabama is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 84% of the education majors at the school.

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#24

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

Of the 152 students majoring in education at Johns Hopkins, 25% are male and 75% are female.

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Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 74% of the education majors at the school.

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#27

Regis University

Denver, CO
#28

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#30

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
#30

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
#32

Thomas University

Thomasville, GA
#32

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
#34

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#37

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA
#38

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#39

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#40

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#42

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#43

University of New England

Biddeford, ME
#44

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#44

Creighton University

Omaha, NE
#48

Queens College

Queens, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Education Graduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
49 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
50 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
51 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
52 Clemson University Clemson, SC
53 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
53 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
55 Marshall University Huntington, WV
55 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
57 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
58 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
59 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
59 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
59 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
62 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
62 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
64 University of Georgia Athens, GA

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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