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Top Ranked School for Teacher Education - Portland, OR

Portland, OR, has several 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

Five of the 10 schools offering teacher education programs in the Portland area are found directly in the city. The following schools are considered the top three for teacher education programs based on rankings, number of degrees awarded and levels of study:

  • Winner: Portland State University lands in the top spot because it awards the highest number of degrees in education, has the highest ranked graduate education programs and is the largest school in terms of enrollment. Teacher education studies can be pursued at the master's degree, doctorate and graduate certificate levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Lewis & Clark College appears as the first runner up because the ranking of its graduate education program is nearly equal to that of Portland State's, and it offers the same levels of study as that university. It also has the highest graduation rate among the schools.
  • Runner Up #2: Though its campus-based education programs are not ranked, Concordia University in Portland is named the third school because of its highly ranked online education programs and its graduation rate. The school awards the second-highest number of degrees and the most master's degrees in this field. It also has bachelor's and doctoral degree programs in education.

School Comparison Chart

Category Portland State University Lewis & Clark College Concordia University
Rankings (2013) Ranked 149th best graduate education school nationally*
Ranked 10th best up-and-coming university in the country*
Graduate education school ranked 155th nationally*
Ranked 70th among national liberal arts colleges*
Online graduate education program ranked 63rd*
Location Portland, OR Portland, OR Portland, OR
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $7,653 (undergraduate, in-state)
$22,863 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$13,395 (graduate, in-state)
$20,235 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$40,330 (undergraduate)
$18,552 (graduate)**
$26,650 (undergraduate)
$17,480 (graduate)**
Education Programs Offered Master's and doctoral degrees; graduate certificates Master's and doctoral degrees; graduate certificates Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
Education Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 923** 441** 679**
Most Popular Education Program (2011-2012) Master's Degree in General Education (161 awarded)** Master's Degree in Elementary Education (70 awarded)** Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (331 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 38%** 73%** 51%**
Noteworthy School of Education students provide educational resources to the local community In-service programs provide training for current teachers A doctoral program in education was introduced in spring 2013

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

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Winner: Portland State University

  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Largest public university in Oregon
  • Offers more than 50 different education programs

At Portland State University, programs are available for students who wish to obtain an initial teaching license, for those who want to add additional licenses or endorsements, and for those who want to complete a graduate degree. The licensing programs prepare bachelor's degree holders to teach at the elementary or secondary grade levels and can be combined with a master's degree. The initial license programs combined with a master's degree program generally take two years to complete. Other programs include a bilingual education endorsement, a special education license, or a bilingual special education license program.

Those who are already licensed to teach and want to improve or expand their teaching skills can opt for a master's degree in curriculum and instruction or special education. Other endorsement options include an elementary school endorsement for licensed secondary school teachers, a special education endorsement for K-12 teachers, and an endorsement in teaching reading and writing.

Runner-Up #1: Lewis & Clark College

  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • School of Education and Counseling offers a career services center to help students prepare for licensure and find jobs

Lewis & Clark College has a variety of teaching license and graduate degree programs. Students who are not already licensed to teach have the option of completing a master's degree in teaching either for early childhood education and elementary education, or for the middle and high school levels. Both programs take around one year to complete and involve one year of student teaching. For either program, students can add an endorsement in bilingual education. The elementary education program also has the option of adding endorsements in reading or special education. In the secondary education program, students must choose a content area to focus on and receive an endorsement in that subject.

Those who already have teaching licenses can obtain an endorsement in bilingual education, reading, or special education. Another option for licensed teachers is a master's degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction or on special education.

Runner-Up #2: Concordia University

  • 100% of first-year undergraduates received financial aid during the 2010-2011 school year, according to NCES
  • Several of the school's education programs can be completed entirely online

Concordia University is a Lutheran school with both undergraduate and graduate education programs. Undergraduates at Concordia University who wish to obtain teaching licenses begin the 4-year bachelor's in education program in their first year. After gaining teaching experience by working as tutors, students in their final two years of the program begin student teaching. Those who choose to focus on teaching secondary school must obtain an endorsement in a content area, such as science, math, English, or social studies. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree can complete a master's degree program in teaching and prepare for licensure in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education. Licensed teachers can opt to complete a master's program in education, focusing on curriculum and instruction or special education, among others.


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