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GRE Scores for Education Programs

This post was updated in May 2019 to reflect the most recent information available.

Each year more and more educators decide to bolster their credentials and expand their teaching reach. For many primary and secondary schools, a masters degree is already a requirement for the job. And naturally deep down all educators (myself humbly included on that list) want to change the face of education in some form or another. Naturally to get into these programs, you’ve almost always got to take the GRE. So what score will you need to get in?

First, let’s look at the intended majors.

Education GRE Scores by Intended Major

Curriculum and Instruction1511493.8
Early Childhood1481463.5
Evaluation and Research1511483.8
Student Counseling and Personnel Services1491463.6

The scores above are intended majors. What does “intended” major mean? It simply means that that these are the average scores of people planning on applying to graduate school in a specific major.

Average GRE Scores for Education (Accepted and Aspiring)

The US News and World Report is kind enough to on the top graduate programs in education. I’ve culled the PhD score data from the report and reproduced it below in an easy-to-read format.

Average GRE Scores by Program Ranking

Accepted and IntendedAvg. Verbal ScorePercentileAvg. Quantitative ScorePercentile
Top 1016086th15558th

Top 10015569th15246th
Intended Education Applicants15152nd14934th
All GRE Test-Takers15047th15350th

Naturally, for masters’ programs, the scores are a point or two lower in each section. 🙂

So what is a good GRE score for education?

As expected, if you’re aiming for an upper tier education program, a good GRE score for you is going to be different than if your desired program just squeaked into the top 100. For the top schools, your verbal reasoning score, especially, would need to be 9 points about the typical education aspirant in order meet the average intake for a top 10 program. So if you’re considering, say, , , or , make sure you’ve got the right scores to make the cut. Also, don’t forget that the GRE isn’t the only factor considered when assessing your application. There’s a lot to be considered and so even if you have an average or above average score for your desired program, that doesn’t guarantee admission!

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