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.

School Information

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.

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing

School Highlight: Michigan State University (MSU) ranked 29th among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU first in the nation for both its elementary and secondary teacher education programs in 2015. At the undergraduate level, Michigan State offers 5-year teacher preparation programs for elementary, secondary and special education teachers. Michigan State University offers special programs in urban and global education for students who wish to gain experience teaching in differing contexts.

2. University of Georgia in Athens

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Georgia (UGA) 62nd among national universities in 2015, as well as sixth in both secondary education and elementary education for 2015.

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. UGA also offers an online B.S. in Special Education program

3. University of Wisconsin in Madison

School Highlight: University of Wisconsin in Madison ranked 47th among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the university's special education program ranked first during the same year.

The school of education received recognition from U.S. News & World Report when 8 specializations, in addition to special education, were ranked in the top 10 of their field. The other programs include, first in curriculum/instruction, first educational psychology, first in rehabilitation Counseling (as voted on by deans or administrators of health programs), second in in administration/supervision, second in elementary teacher education, fourth in student counseling/personnel services, fourth in education policy and fourth in secondary teacher education. 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.

Top Teacher Education Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students may choose a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language Phoenix, AZ
Boston College Special preparation programs for teachers in urban areas Chestnut Hill, MA
Columbia University Ranked third among elementary teacher education schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015 New York, NY
Harvard University Harvard Graduate School of Education active for nearly 100 years Cambridge, MA
Indiana University IUconnectED offers online master's degree programs in elementary, secondary and special education Bloomington, IN
Montclair State University Teacher Education Advocacy Centre supports and encourages minority teachers Upper Montclair, NJ
New York University Short-term graduate programs in more than 20 countries New York, NY
Ohio State University Ranked second in technical/vocational teacher education, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Offers over 30 teacher preparation programs University Park, PA
Stanford University Ranked second in secondary teacher education, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015 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 Offers two research centers; the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center and the Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Berkeley, CA
University of Connecticut Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Program (IB/M) for teachers Storrs, CT
University of Florida Online program boasts 3,967 unique students Gainesville, FL
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 17 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 Offers 21 areas of study Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington Field-based training prepares teachers for challenging classrooms Seattle, WA
Vanderbilt University U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development the third best school of education in 2015 Nashville, TN

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