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Top Rated University for Becoming a Teacher - Schaumburg, IL

Students interested in studying teacher education in Schaumburg, IL have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

With only one for-profit school located directly in Schaumburg, IL, offering teacher education programs, students in the area who are interested in becoming a teacher could consider several institutions within a 25-mile radius of the city. Based on graduation rates, degrees awarded and rankings, the following three schools are considered the top three for teacher education programs in the Schaumburg area:

  • Winner: Placing first is Wheaton College, due to its high graduation rate and national ranking. It is also the only one of the three schools offering a graduate certificate in addition to bachelor's and master's degree programs in education.
  • Runner Up #1: Elmhurst College's regional ranking and high number of degrees awarded in education earn it the first runner up spot. Students can pursue an undergraduate or a graduate degree in teacher education.
  • Runner Up #2: Judson University appears as the third best option because its regional ranking is not as high as that of Elmhurst College and it has the lowest graduation rate. It is, however, located closer to Schaumburg than the other two colleges, and the number of bachelor's and master's degrees in education it awarded is comparable to that of Wheaton College.

School Comparison Chart

Category Wheaton College Elmhurst College Judson University
Rankings (2013) Ranked 56th among national liberal arts colleges* Named 11th best university in the Midwest*
15th best value university in the Midwest*
Ranked 20th best university in the Midwest*
Location Wheaton, IL (12 miles from Schaumburg) Elmhurst, IL (13 miles from Schaumburg) Elgin, IL (11 miles from Schaumburg)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $30,120 (undergraduate)
$17,160 (graduate)**
$31,650 (undergraduate)
$16,200 (graduate)**
$27,000 (undergraduate)
$26,500 (graduate)**
Education Programs Offered Bachelor's and master's degree; postgraduate certificate Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees
Education Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 65** 138** 60**
Most Popular Education Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching (27 awarded)** Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching (54 awarded)** Master's Degree in Reading Teacher Education (17 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 87%** 70%** 49%**
Noteworthy Teacher education program received an award for excellence in 2004 by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education There are seven scholarships available just for education students N/A

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

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Winner: Wheaton College

  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • 95% of freshmen returned to the university for a second year in 2011, according to NCES

Wheaton College is a nondenominational Christian school that offers undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. The programs all prepare students for an initial state license in addition to the degree. There are programs that prepare students for licenses in elementary, secondary, and special education. Students majoring in elementary, secondary education, or a K-12 subject can also obtain an endorsement to teach middle school. Elementary education majors must pick a concentration from a variety of relevant subjects for elementary school teachers. Secondary education majors must also major in English, math, science, or social science to complete the program. Those who already have a bachelor's degree can enter the master's in teaching program to prepare to earn a teaching license in either elementary or secondary education. A year of student teaching is required for the master's program.

Runner-Up #1: Elmhurst College

  • Education was the school's 3rd most popular major in 2011, according to USNWR
  • Twenty of the school's programs prepare students to become licensed teachers

Elmhurst College is a United Church of Christ school with bachelor's and master's degree programs in teacher education. The programs include early childhood special education, elementary, secondary, and special education. Elementary and secondary education majors who want to teach middle school can take extra classes to prepare for a middle school license. All teacher education students gain teaching experience throughout the program, finishing with a semester of full-time teaching in a local school. The master's degree program is in early childhood special education and takes two years to complete. Graduate students who want to obtain a teaching license while completing the master's degree must take additional classes and complete two extra months of student teaching.

Runner-Up #2: Judson University

  • Classes had a student-faculty ratio of 9:1 in 2012, according to USNWR
  • 100% of undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
  • Education was the school's 2nd most popular major in 2011, according to USNWR

Judson University is an American Baptist school with several undergraduate teacher education programs. The teaching programs include early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, physical education, ESL and bilingual education. Elementary education majors can take additional classes if they want to become licensed to teach middle school. Elementary and early childhood education majors have the option to add endorsements in bilingual education, ESL or special education. Candidates start gaining teaching experience in the first year of classes and continue student teaching for the rest of the four years. The teaching certificate program is for those who already have a bachelor's degree and are not interested in obtaining a master's degree. There is also a master's degree program in literacy for teachers who are already licensed and wish to improve their teaching skills in reading and writing. Another graduate option is the master's in education with an ESL endorsement.

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