Now we’ve had a chance to check out the wide variety of educational themes available for WordPress, we’ve decided to assemble them all in one place for your reference or reading pleasure. These are some of the best WordPress education themes currently available in 2017.
There’s quite a bit of variety when it comes to educational themes, in terms of both design and features. If you’re looking to build an online presence for your daycare, a preschool, or a private educational institution, WordPress designers and premium theme developers have it covered. There’s some fanstastic, modern and beautiful designs that are perfect for universities and colleges. And if you want to set up an advanced e-commerce site to sell courses online, you’ve got a few fantastic premium options that are completely affordable.
Note that this article is an amalgamation of three previously published Siteturner round-up articles. If you’re looking for a specific type of educational theme, you may find one of the following articles more useful:
All of these WordPress themes were hand selected based on the quality of their design and features. We mention this a lot, but believe that it bears repeating. What good would a list of randomly selected, garbage themes do for you? No good, that’s what. It’d waste your time, and ours.
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OKAY. Here’s what we’ve got for education themes.
Guru is a top-of-the-line, clean and contemporary LMS theme intelligently designed and integrated with BuddyPress, Event Calendar, WPML, Mail-Chimp, and Sensei and WooCommerce from WooThemes. It’s got plenty of features included for building and selling online courses, among them: teacher profiles, user profiles, lesson management, a quiz system, a review system, course tracking and more.
Visual Page Builder is included to give you plenty of hands-on control over the layout and elements. Guru additionally supports the Mega Menu plugin. It’s SEO ready and easy to set up and install with comprehensive documentation and importable dummy content included to get your premium courseware website up and running fast.
The appropriately titled LMS theme (that’s its name its purpose, whoa) is another superb solution for course creation and course selling. It uses the WooThemes Sensei plugin for its coursework management, allowing users to create courses, plan and write lessons, and write quizzes for students.
LMS supports WooCommerce and both Events Calendar and Events Calendar Pro to help with event organization and management.
Its contemporary, flat design can be customized in the theme options, with four header styles to choose from, a parallax image option, and a variety of color schemes to work with. SEO optimized and WPML compatible.
University – Education, Event and Course Theme
The University theme by cactusthemes is a user-friendly, flexible education theme that works as well for creating and selling online courses as it does for developing a more traditional college or school website. The theme is ultra responsive and retina-ready, with tons of options for customization on the back-end and a selection of preset skins to choose from.
Beyond it’s LMS capabilities (made possible by the LearnDash plugin), University additionally supports events and ticket selling via Event Calendar and WooConmerce, as well as course enrollment and payment.
The premium plugins Visual Composer and Revolution slider are included with the download.
Kindergarten WordPress Theme
Top spot on our list goes to the Kindergarten theme by CraftPixels. This fun, colorful design was built on the Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework and is a perfect fit for your nursery or preschool’s online presence.
Retina-ready, Kindergarten features a unique slider that automatically shapes your photos like clouds without any additional photo-editing or image manipulation.
A custom contact page with Google maps integration and a working contact form is included, as well as a filterable image gallery. Comprehensive documentation is also available for WordPress beginners.
Park College clean lookin’ responsive theme with a course manager built-in. Add, edit and remove detailed course listings easy, or search through them by name, ID, program or length.
This one supports video in both content and widgets and includes 13 PSDs (holy moly) so you can customize the header, the footer, the whole damned thing. There’s also an option panel where you can tweak the Google fonts and colors if you’re too lazy to edit the Photoshop files, or have better things to do.
Aside from looking absolutely fabulous, Statford packs a wallop when it comes to features and add-ons: course management, events management, gallery management, slider management, and a power theme options panel. And it comes with page builder to make your life that much easier.
There’s 10 pre-made color/skin variations, but you also have control over the fine tuning by using the options in the admin. It’s WPML ready and, shocker, responsive. Statford is also compatible with WooCommerce, so you can hawk your school-related wares!
This creche and pre-school responsive theme goes in a different direction than our top pick, Kindergarten, with a cool, professional and modern design. There’s no clouds in this one.
Magicreche has lots of features. It’s responsive and retina-ready, and a color picker in the theme settings gives you full control over colors and an unlimited selection of them to choose from. Tons of Google fonts are packed in, and the theme is translation ready.
A staff slider, timetable/schedule and multiple contact forms take this theme to the next level.
Clever Course is the second theme on our list designed explicitly for the creation and sale of online courses (for selling both online, or on-site – perfect for private institutions and schools).
Like WPLMS above, Clever Course offers both instructors and students their own dashboards for the creation, tracking and management of courses. Students have the option of paying via PayPal integration, and a commissions system is included to make sure your instructors get paid for all their hard work.
A great looking theme that’s mobile and retina-ready, the theme is highly customizable on the backend with page builder support, unlimited colors, a parallax manager, and lots of shortcodes. A rock solid LMS solution overall.
Kindergarten (not to be confused with the other Kindergarten theme above) is fairly new, first released in July. Colorful, flat design give this theme a clean and professional look, and there’s a ton of features included to keep you busy.
Careful attention was paid to the mobile capabilities, with two different touch-friendly responsive sliders included with the download (as well as the popular Revolution and Flex sliders, if you prefer). SEO optimized and translation ready.
That’s not all, but this theme comes with so many other bells & whistles, that we can’t possibly list them all here. Worth a closer look if the design suits your fancy.
Marketed by the developer as the most advanced learning management system for WordPress, we’re pleased to say that WPLMS lives up to the claim and is just about as good is it gets. This is a theme with so many features and add-ons that a brief summary hardly does it justice.
Included with the theme is an instructor dashboard that allows instructors to track commissions, view course statistics, send messages, and more. A separate student dashboard provides the user an overview of course progress, quiz and assignment stats, and a contact system to easily get in touch with instructors and friends.
Front-end course creations gives your instructors and users the power to create courses, quizzes, and assignments, set pricing, and build forums. Visitors can browse the full course director, searching and filtering courses by subject, interest and price.
Carefully integrated with BuddyPress, bbPress and WooCommerce, the WPLMS theme does all of this while looking fantastic to boot. It’s responsive, retina-ready and highly customizable. Seriously, if you have a few minutes, take a look at the giant list of features we didn’t even cover. The pricing is so low for a product of this magnitude that calling it “a steal” isn’t too far from the truth.
Carry Hill, though not necessarily a preschool or daycare theme (it appears to be marketed toward elementary schools) has a modern, flat design. It includes a drag and drop page builder for customizing the layout and elements without coding, a premium slider and a powerful options panel that will give you lots of choice over how everything will look on the front-end.
Nine preset color schemes, Google font support, Font Awesome integration and a selection of handy shortcodes make this theme a good value.
Happykids is another brightly colored, fun theme, with lots of playful imagery and illustration. (Are you noticing a trend here?) Simple and clean in its design, it’s fully responsive and extremely easy to use and set up. Extended documentation is included to help even the most clueless newbie get things going quickly. This is one of the best selling of its kind on ThemeForest, and its high rating is testament to both its quality and customer satisfaction.
Buntington is a school and college theme built on the Twitter Bootstrap and Vafpress frameworks. It’s a responsive theme that will look just as good on a tablet as it will on a desktop.
Lightweight and plugin-less, Buntington is recommended for non-experienced WordPress users due to its simplicity and ease of use. Create courses and events easily and take advantage of the included page builder and shortcodes to customize your layout and elements.
The design of the Campus theme screams college/university/higher-learning, which is why it’s number three on our list. Built on the SuperSkeleton framework, Campus is a high-resolution, responsive theme that will look fantastic on retina iPads/iPhones and other mobile devices.
This one comes with a page builder (Visual Composer) for assembling your layout, and the premium Revolution slider. The SuperSkeleton framework offers you a ton of options on the back-end. It’s integrated with WooCommerce, too. Free lifetime support & updates. There’s a lot a packed into this one. A rock solid option.
The developers and designers behind the Invent theme researched and studied other university and college websites prior its development, and it shows. Aesthetically, it’s gorgeous, and there’s all sorts of excellect features bundled in that make this theme one of the most flexible on our list.
To name a few: you can choose between a single or multipage style site, and between a boxed or wide layout. 8 useful custom post types, portfolio and gallery support, easy to configure page sections and over 60 shortcodes will allow you to build the perfect website for your educational institution.
200+ options on the back-end, with 1500+ retina icons and 500+ Google fonts are included.
Kids Zone is a multi-purpose theme that will work just as well for daycares and preschools as it will for craft or art websites. It supports an impressive selection of third-party plugins, like WooCommerce, WPML, Event Calendar Pro, BuddyPress and bbPress (though you may not require these for a simple daycare site).
100% responsive, this bright, lively theme really nails it on the visual front with colorful shapes, illustrations and icons, as well as a cool slider for showcasing your content and services. Contact forms and Google maps are additionally supported.
Universe is a responsive, easy to customize theme built on Bootstrap. It’s retina-ready and easy to use and customize. Integration with Google maps and Mailchimp comes in handy, and four preset schemes will help you to get the look you want. Unlimited sidebars, custom widgets, Google fonts and Font Awesome are also supported by this responsive, translation-ready theme.
Hey, would you like to know what the My University theme has to offer? You would? Well here goes! Like many other themes on this here list, it’s responsive and built with Bootstrap. It’s got advanced theme options that will hook you up with unlimited colors and plenty of fonts, and it’s translation ready. But that’s not all!
Visual Composer is included in case you want to get crazy with the layout (it’s a drag & drop page builder, if you’re unfamiliar), and the premium, fancy-pants Revolution slider plugin is bundled in.
There’s also custom post types for courses, and advanced searching capability. You can manage events, too.
Happychild is a premium theme with a lot of valuable add-ons included. 8 premium plugins worth a total of $156 are packaged with the download: Mega Menu, LayerSlider, Slider Revolution, Visual Composer, Customizer, Ultimate VC add-ons (for Visual Composer), and Timetable by QuanticaLabs.
Beyond that, its understated design conveys professionalism. Three layout, color and design variations are available, one specifically for kingergarten, a second for elementary schools and a third for general education.
This flexible, easy to customize and use theme offers plenty of documentation and five-star support.
Number nine on our list is WP Education, a simple to use responsive theme with unlimited colors, six preset color schemes, 10+ custom widgets and a schedule manager.
A courses page, calendary manager, gallery manager and an events custom post type are included, as well as an form builder for putting together application forms and more. Lots of sales and highly rated on ThemeForest.
A clean, modern and easy to use WordPress theme, My College is responsive and has touch & swipe enabled for mobile devices. Three preset color styles, extensive documentation and lifetime support & updates make this one a good value. SEO optimized and perfect for WP beginners.
Academia Pro, from WPZOOM, is built on their robust and feature-packed proprietary framework (HTML5/CSS3). It’s fully responsive, you bet, and it includes a dynamic homepage builder so you can structure your homepage using 12 included WPZOOM widgets. The developer claims Academia Pro would also work great for any business-oriented website, but that’s probably not what you have in mind, is it? Custom shortcodes, custom backgrounds and the ability to upload your own logo are also included.
Peekaboo is a bright, fun theme featuring featuring colorful illustrations and icons. It’s fully responsive and great for daycares.
This simple to use, minimalistic a good match for WordPress beginners developing their own site. An intuitive options panel on the back-end gives you plenty of control over the front-end without overwhelming the user, and lots of shortcodes will ensure you can add buttons, tabs and sliders into the pages you create with little fuss.
Peekaboo allows for unlimited color schemes. It’s also built on the Foundation framework, which means high-quality code and responsive design.
Another selection from WPZOOM, also put together on top of the WPZOOM framework. It’s got all the features of Academia Pro, plus 12 built-in color styles and five widget areas in the footer. A responsive, sharp looking theme with fast performance and SEO optimization. Lots of control over the theme elements are available in the Theme Options. Easy to install and use.
Academy is a WordPress learning management theme that provides everything you need to create and sell courses online: extended profiles, a rating system, a questions system, file attachments, course tracking, WooCommerce support and lots more.
Four custom post types are baked in: Courses, Lessons, Testimonials and Slides. Extended user profiles allow your visitors to customize their profiles with custom avatars, social links, profile text and course lists.
Unlimited sidebars, a shortcodes editor, share buttons support, and Google Analytics add even more value to this already strong theme.