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2021 Most Popular Educational Administration Schools

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Finding the Best Educational Administration School for You

Educational Administration is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 44,381 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the teaching programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Teaching Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Educational Administration Schools ranking. This report analyzed 901 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Educational Administration program at each school on the list.

Check out the education admin programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Our 2021 rankings named Lamar University the most popular school in the United States for educational administration students. Lamar University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Beaumont.

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#2

American College of Education

Indianapolis, IN

The excellent programs at American College of Education helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best educational administration schools in the United States. American College of Education is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Grand Canyon University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, education admin graduates from Grand Canyon University carry an average student debt load of $53,215. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $620.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Arkansas State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the small city of Jonesboro, A-State is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at A-State take out is $22,060. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The College of Saint Rose. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

While working on their degree, education admin majors at Saint Rose accumulate an average of around $21,752 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

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#6

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

With a ranking of #6, Concordia University, Chicago did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for educational administration students. Located in the large suburb of River Forest, Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, education admin graduates from Concordia University, Chicago take out $26,172 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $305.

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#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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William Woods University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. Located in the town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, education admin graduates from William Woods take out $25,608 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $298.

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#10

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for educational administration students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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University of Southern California ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, education admin majors at USC accumulate an average of around $83,233 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $970.

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#12

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for educational administration students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the small city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a very large student population.

Education Admin majors at NAU take out an average of $29,703 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $346, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Concordia University - Portland did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for educational administration students. Located in the city of Portland, Concordia University - Portland is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at Concordia University - Portland take out is $46,122. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $538.

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#15

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. Cumberlands is a large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamsburg.

Education Admin majors at Cumberlands take out an average of $20,121 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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The University of Texas at Arlington landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. UT Arlington is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Arlington.

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#17

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner - Webb University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Educational Administration Schools ranking. Gardner - Webb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Boiling Springs.

After completing their degree, education admin graduates from Gardner - Webb carry an average student debt load of $41,808. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $488.

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#18

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. William Carey University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Hattiesburg.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at William Carey University take out is $44,898. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $523.

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University of North Texas came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Educational Administration Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#19

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. SUNY Stony Brook is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Stony Brook.

After completing their degree, education admin graduates from SUNY Stony Brook carry an average student debt load of $30,283. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $353.

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Concordia University, Irvine landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular educational administration programs. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

While working on their degree, education admin majors at Concordia University, Irvine accumulate an average of around $21,500 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for educational administration students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that education admin majors at National University take out is $23,217. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $271.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #23, George Washington University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for educational administration students. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, education admin graduates from GWU take out $39,365 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $459, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Teachers College at Columbia University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Educational Administration Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, education admin majors at Teachers College accumulate an average of around $44,936 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $524.

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#25

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for educational administration students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public college with a very large student population.

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#26

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#27

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
#28

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#30

Creighton University

Omaha, NE
#36

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#37

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#38

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#39

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#40

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN
#40

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL
#42

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD
#43

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
#44

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#45

University of New England

Biddeford, ME
#48

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#49

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Educational Administration Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 901 different United States educational administration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
51 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
53 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
54 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
55 Bank Street College of Education New York, NY
56 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
57 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
58 Union University Jackson, TN
59 Marshall University Huntington, WV
60 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
61 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
62 University of Denver Denver, CO
63 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
64 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
65 LIU Post Brookville, NY
65 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
67 Brandman University Irvine, CA
67 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
69 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
69 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
71 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
71 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
71 Drake University Des Moines, IA
74 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
74 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
74 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
77 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
77 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
79 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
80 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
81 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
82 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
83 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
83 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
85 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
85 Doane University Crete, NE
87 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
87 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
89 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
89 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
89 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
92 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
92 University of St. Thomas Houston, TX
92 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
95 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
95 Portland State University Portland, OR
97 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
97 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
97 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
100 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
101 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
101 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
103 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
104 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
104 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
104 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
107 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
107 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
107 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
107 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
111 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
111 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
111 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
111 Hunter College New York, NY
115 Salem State University Salem, MA
115 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
115 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
118 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
119 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
119 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
121 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
122 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
122 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
124 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
124 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
124 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
124 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
124 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
124 Neumann University Aston, PA
124 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
124 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
132 University of Houston Houston, TX
132 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
132 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
135 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Educational Administration Schools award.

Rank College Location
136 University of Mississippi University, MS
136 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
136 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
139 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
140 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
140 Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK
142 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
142 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA
142 Florida International University Miami, FL
142 Aurora University Aurora, IL
146 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
146 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
148 Regis University Denver, CO
148 Boston University Boston, MA
148 Fordham University Bronx, NY
151 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
151 Concordia University, Nebraska Seward, NE
151 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
151 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
151 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
151 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
151 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
158 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
159 University of Delaware Newark, DE
159 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
159 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
162 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
163 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
163 Iowa State University Ames, IA
163 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
166 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
166 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
168 Hood College Frederick, MD
168 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Shreveport, LA
170 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
170 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
170 Sierra Nevada College Incline Village, NV
173 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
173 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
175 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
176 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
176 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
176 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
179 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
179 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
179 Wayne State University Detroit, MI

Educational Administration by Region

View the Most Popular Educational Administration Schools for a specific region near you.

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

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, educational administration has other similar majors worth exploring.

Education Admin Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Educational Leadership & Administration 31,657
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3,998
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 2,213
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 1,655
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 1,550
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 1,146
Urban Education & Leadership 708
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 459
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 438
Community College Education 335
Administration of Special Education 222

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

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 Shai-WMIL.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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