Top School for a Teaching Degree in Maitland, FL

Maitland, FL has few schools with programs in teacher education. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Two of the schools in the Maitland area are public, and the other one is private, not-for profit. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in teacher education:

  • Winner: University of Central Florida, a public school, is the top choice because it's the 5th best up-and-coming national university. Its graduate education program is also #91 nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner Up #1: Rollins College is the first runner up because it has an undergraduate program that is ranked 5th among Southern universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner Up #2: Valencia College is the second runner up because it awards the most associate's degrees of any school in the country, including two that prepare students for teaching degree programs at 4-year colleges.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Central Florida Rollins College Valencia College
Rankings (2013) Graduate education program ranked #91 nationally*
Named 5th best up-and-coming national university*
Ranked #98 among public national universities*
Undergraduate teaching program ranked 5th among southern universities*
Named best university in the south*
Location Orlando, FL (9.4 miles from Maitland) Winter Park, FL (2 miles from Maitland) Orlando, FL (6 miles from Maitland)
School Type 4-year, Public 4-year, Private not-for-profit 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,247 (undergraduate, in-state)
$22,345 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$8,817 (graduate, in-state)
$27,660 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$39,900 (undergraduate)
$35,962 (graduate)**
$2,378 (undergraduate, in-state)
$9,005 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
Education Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, master's degree, doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificate Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's degree; postgraduate certificate
Education Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 1,544** 14** Not reported
Most Popular Education Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching (477 awarded)** Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching (8 awarded)** Not reported
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 63%** 70%** 38%**

Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Central Florida

  • Ranked #174 among national universities in 2013, according to USNWR
  • Graduate special education program ranked #16 nationally by USNWR in 2013
  • The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Education was the 3rd most popular major at the school in 2011, according to USNWR
  • 100% of education program graduates passed the teacher certification exam in 2011-2012, according to USNWR

The University of Central Florida has bachelor's and master's degree programs that prepare students to earn a state certificate. The biggest program in the education department is the bachelor's degree in elementary education with ESL endorsement. Undergraduates can also earn education degrees in early childhood education and in a number of secondary subjects. The master's in teaching programs are for those who already have a bachelor's degree and want to become certified to teach at the secondary level, in addition to earning the graduate degree. There are several concentrations for students to choose from in the secondary education master's program, including English, science, art, math, and social science. There is also a master's option that prepares students to teach at the elementary level. The master's in education programs are for teachers who are already certified and include elementary education, special education, math and science, and reading. There is a doctoral degree in education that can be completed in several different subjects, including early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and higher education.

Runner-Up #1: Rollins College

  • Named 2nd best value university in the south by USNWR in 2013
  • University classes had a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 in 2012, according to USNWR

Rollins College has several programs that prepare candidates to become teachers, including a bachelor's degree in elementary or secondary education, and a master's degree in elementary education. There is also a master's program in elementary education for those who are already certified teachers. Undergraduates who plan to teach middle or high school must choose a concentration, such as math, science, English, foreign languages, or social science. Both elementary education programs include ESL courses that lead to an endorsement in the subject. In the third or fourth year of classes, undergraduates begin supervised student teaching in the subject they plan to teach. The master's degree in teaching is for those who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a subject other than elementary education and want to become certified to teach. The school offers graduate certificate programs for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree, but do not wish to earn a master's degree along with the teaching certificate.

Runner-Up #2: Valencia College

  • The school has an open enrollment policy
  • Awards the most associate's degrees of any school in the country

The alternative teacher preparation program at Valencia College prepares students for teacher certification, but does not result in a degree. The program requires seven classes, some of which are offered entirely online. Students are required to spend 30 hours observing a classroom in order to gain experience in a classroom setting. The school also has two associate's degree programs that prepare students to enter a 4-year teacher education program in the third year. Candidates can complete the degree in either general education or early childhood education, depending on the subject they plan to teach. Those who opt for the general education program can choose elective classes in the subjects they expect to study after transferring to a 4-year school.

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?