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Top 25 Teaching Colleges in the U.S.

Read about the top 25 teaching colleges in the United States. Learn about the degree options at three of these top schools, and find a table with at-a-glance facts about other colleges and universities in the country that offer teacher preparation programs.

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Elementary, middle and secondary teachers must complete a teacher training program and obtain a state license before they can work in a U.S. public school. Three of the top 25 teaching colleges include Michigan State University, the University of Georgia in Athens and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. All three universities offer teacher preparation programs that lead to a bachelor's degree, the minimal educational requirement for obtaining a position. In general, teacher education programs include courses in instructional theory and a major subject area, as well as an internship.

Top U.S. Teaching Colleges

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University (MSU) ranked 71st among national universities in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, USN&WR ranked MSU first in the nation for both its elementary and secondary teacher education programs in 2011. At the undergraduate level, Michigan State offers 5-year teacher preparation programs for elementary, secondary and special education teachers.

2. University of Georgia in Athens

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Georgia (UGA) 62nd among national universities in 2012, as well as fifth in secondary education and sixth in elementary education for 2011. UGA offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary, middle school, adult and workforce education. For those interested in teaching language and literacy, the university offers English, teaching language to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and world language education programs.

3. University of Wisconsin in Madison

In 2011, the University of Wisconsin's special education program ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The university was also designated as a best Midwestern college and placed among the top ten best value public colleges in 2012, according to The Princeton Review. Future teachers at the University of Wisconsin can pursue an individualized teacher education program that includes a major and minor area of study. Graduate students may be interested in the online Master of Science for Professional Educators.

25 Good Colleges with Teacher Education Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students in the elementary teacher education program can specialize in ESL Phoenix, AZ
Boston College Special preparation programs for teachers in urban areas Chestnut Hill, MA
Columbia University Ranked second among elementary teacher education schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011 New York, NY
Harvard University Graduate students can participate in the Berkeley Exchange Program Cambridge, MA
Indiana University IUconnectED offers online master's degree programs in elementary, secondary and special education Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University Special cohort programs in urban and global education East Lansing, MI
Montclair State University Teacher Education Advocacy Program supports and encourages minority teachers Upper Montclair, NJ
New York University Short-term graduate programs in 20 countries New York, NY
Ohio State University Ranked first in technical/vocational teacher education, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Offers over 40 teacher preparation programs University Park, PA
Stanford University Ranked second in secondary teacher education, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011 Stanford, CA
University of California - Los Angeles National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Project helps teachers earn National Board Certification Los Angeles, CA
University of California - Berkeley Teacher education programs focus on child development Berkeley, CA
University of Connecticut Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Program (IB/M) for teachers Storrs, CT
University of Florida Duval Urban Apprenticeship program allows future educators to complete teacher training while working as paid apprentices Gainesville, FL
University of Georgia Online B.S. in Special Education program Athens, GA
University of Illinois Largest public university library in the world Champaign, IL
University of Maryland 5-year combined bachelor's/master's program for secondary and special education students College Park, MD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Secondary teacher education programs include 18 majors and minors Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota Most teacher preparation programs culminate in a master's degree Twin Cities, MN
University of Texas at Austin Operates the University of Texas Elementary School Austin, TX
University of Virginia 3+1 program allows students with advanced standing to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in education in four years Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington Field-based training prepares teachers for challenging classrooms Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Teacher preparation programs in more than 30 academic areas Madison, WI
Vanderbilt University U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development the best school for education in 2011 Nashville, TN
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Other Schools:

  • School locations:
    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Education
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas
        • Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Education
      • Counseling and Guidance
      • Curriculum and Instruction
      • Educational Administration and Supervision
      • Educational Evaluation and Research
      • ESL Teaching
      • Philosophical Foundations of Education
      • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
      • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas
        • English Teacher Education
        • Foreign Language Education for Teachers
        • Mathematics Teacher Education
        • Science Teacher Education
        • Social Studies Teacher Education
        • Teaching, Reading

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