Best Education Schools
Ready to make an impact on the world through the classroom? Getting a degree in education is a great first step. We've compiled this list focusing on schools that are both accessible and affordable while not compromising quality to help you choose the perfect school to pursue your dreams of becoming a teacher. To make this list, we gathered statistics from the Department of Education, reviewed reports of students and looked at the results to put together the best of the best when it comes to educating aspiring teachers. Study.com's rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability, and quality of education, which we considered the most important attributes in our ranking lists.
1. Bob Jones University
Greenville, South Carolina is home to the number one school for education on our list. Bob Jones University offers more than 13 degree options including a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. Students in the School of Education programs have the chance to form relationships with professional teachers, attend teaching conventions, and take advantage of career support opportunities like resume building, networking, and interviewing.
2. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point does an incredible job preparing students to lead in the classroom. There's the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center, where students get help with studies, exam prep, and individual tutoring for professional development. They also have the opportunity to join a number of education-related student organizations including Aspiring Educators, the Association for the Education of Young Children and the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi. The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point offers bachelor's degrees in elementary education, science education, English education, music education, and more, plus graduate degrees like Accelerated Teaching Certification and a Doctor of Education in Educational Sustainability.
3. University of Delaware
At the University of Delaware in Newark, students can major in elementary teacher education or opt for a secondary education program like English education or social studies education. The University of Delaware also offers a 4+1 track that makes it faster or simpler for students to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree in just five years. The school makes sure these great program offerings are financially accessible, too! Students have access to a wide range of aid and scholarships including the Frank B. Murray Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, the Delaware Educator Scholarship, and the Mathematics Education Award.
4. Valley City State University
In addition to a completely online Master of Education degree, Valley City State University in North Dakota offers undergraduate licensure programs that help students become licensed in the state. Through these programs, students get the chance to get real-world classroom experience with a student teaching assignment in their senior year. With a range of possibilities for specialization, including English education, teaching and technology, and library and information technologies, students can find the field that suits their needs the best. Unique opportunities abound here, with enrichment programs like Clinical Practice and the Cultural Diversity Practicum.
5. Keene State College
No matter where your dream lies, Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire has the program to help you realize it. With over a dozen programs in the School of Education - from Early Childhood Development to Dance Education and Physical Education Teacher Certification - there's something here for everyone. What's more, with the on-campus Educator Preparation Office, you'll have unique opportunities for professional development like school embedded coaching and networking.
6. California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania boasts low tuition costs and a faculty of which 85% hold a terminal degree. The school offers more than 20 degrees, certificates, and licensure programs for aspiring educators. Want to follow your dream of inspiring the next generation? Choose from any of their impressive programs, like the Bachelor of Science in Education in Technology Education, Associate of Science (or Bachelor of Science in Education) in Childhood Education, and Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education: Art.
7. Lee University
At the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, future teachers can choose undergraduate degrees like a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, graduate degrees like the Master of Education and licensure programs like the Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Early Childhood and Interdisciplinary Studies major. The school offers plenty of clubs and organizations, too, with co-curricular opportunities like Lee Future Educators, Kappa Delta Pi and The National Association for Music Education.
8. Lock Haven University
Lock Haven University's Pennsylvania campus is just the starting point for aspiring teachers. There, they'll have access to career services and programs like a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, a Master of Education in Alternative Education, and the Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education-PreK-Grade 4. Then they'll be encouraged to get out into the real world, completing two required placements in actual schools and getting a push to teach abroad. Scholarships abound here, too, with options like the Dr. George A. and Shirley S. Durrwachter Scholarship and the James T. Williams Scholarship.
9. University of South Dakota
The University of South Dakota in Vermillion has dedicated itself to creating the next generation of educational leaders. The school cultivates habits of lifelong learning, offers career prep opportunities, introduces students to mentors, and gives you the chance to do a yearlong residency for invaluable classroom experience. There are a wide array of programs available at the University of South Dakota including a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education, B.S. Ed. in Special Education (double major with Elementary or Secondary Education) and a Master of Arts in Human Development and Educational Psychology (also offered as an Ed.S. and Ph.D.).
10. South Dakota State University
Just down the road from our number nine school in Brookings is South Dakota State University. South Dakota State offers 16 degrees in education including a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a B.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education, and a B.S. in Early Education & Care. All of these programs include real-world enrichment opportunities like practicums or internships in the classroom.
11. University of Maine at Farmington
There's a reason that almost 99% of graduates from the University of Maine at Farmington School of Education said they were satisfied with the education they received. The school was the first in the state to receive the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs accreditation and its administration and faculty guide students through their classroom experience, practicums, student teaching opportunities and portfolio presentations. On campus, there's even an early childhood childcare center. There are many programs offered here for students to choose from including a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor of Science in World Languages Education K-12.
12. Virginia State University
Virginia State University in Petersburg has a lot of experience getting students ready to be teachers. In fact, Virginia State has been doing it since 1882, which has given the school a lot of time to perfect its programs. Here you'll find majors like Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education - General Curriculum, a Master of Education program and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision. The Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and the Student Council for Exceptional Children all offer extra-curricular learning opportunities, too.
13. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania has a lot to crow about when it comes to diversity in education. The unique RockTEACH program encourages and supports minority, low-income, and underrepresented students with financial scholarships, helpful clubs, and specially developed action plans. Slippery Rock University offers majors like the Master of Education: Technology for Online Instruction, a Teaching Online (Certificate), and the Middle Level Education: English Language Arts.
14. University of Kansas
The University of Kansas boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 17-to-1 and a wealth of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in education. But where the school really excels is affordability. Assistance is a major focus, with the Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program, the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship and the Teacher Loan Forgiveness & Cancellation Program all providing opportunities for reduced tuition and loan forgiveness for working teachers. At KU in Lawrence, Kansas, students can get a Bachelor of Science in Education in Unified Early Childhood Teacher Education, a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration or a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction.
15. Emporia State University
The Teachers College at Emporia State University stands out for its dedication to helping students achieve success not just on campus, but once they graduate. Emporia State University, located in Emporia, Kansas, boasts the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence and the Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification, which provides professional development support for teachers. Students can also take advantage of the Office of Field Placement & Licensure, where they can connect with licensing help and coordinate field experiences for real-world training. The school offers programs like a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, bachelor's and master's degrees in Elementary Education, and a Master of Education in Teaching.
16. University of Wisconsin - Stout
How's this for an effective education? Ninety-nine percent of graduates who get a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stout find employment within six months of graduation and 87% find teaching jobs. Students at the Menomonie, Wisconsin campus have a wide range of degrees from which to choose. They can get a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education, a Master of Science in Education and a Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education, among others.
17. University of Idaho
The University of Idaho is all about getting students out of the classroom and into the real world. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education has a program called Adventure Learning where students go on research expeditions for outreach and education. Internships and teaching experience programs abound here, too, which lets aspiring teachers get their feet wet long before it's time to take the dive. Located in Moscow, Idaho, the university has degrees like a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development & Education, a Master of Education in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Education.
18. Radford University
From a Master of Science in Education to the Doctor of Education and all sorts of program licensure options, Radford University in Radford, Virginia lets students follow their passion. In fact, there are numerous different programs to choose from here including areas like deaf and hard of hearing education, educational leadership, and high incidence disabilities. Radford recently unveiled its Schoolhouse Living-learning Community, where education students live in the same hall, attend the same classes, and participate in shared activities that bolster their learning experience.
19. Delta State University
With an intimate 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and a low in-state tuition under $8,000 annually, Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi represents one of the best values on our list. The College of Education & Human Sciences at Delta State University offers a wide array of programs, from a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Elementary Education to a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Doctor of Education in Professional Studies. Students can enrich their educational experience with organizations like MS Early Childhood Association, the DSU Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education, and the MS Professional Educators.
20. Murray State University
Aside from the myriad programs here in Murray, Kentucky including Middle School Education, Human Development and Leadership, and Reading and Writing Education, Murray State University has a lot to be proud of. Consider some of these facts: there is $507,000 in school scholarships available for education students, the school boasts a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and there are plenty of study abroad programs for aspiring teachers including the International Teaching Experience in Belize.
21. Towson University
Towson University has been educating future educators for more than 150 years and it shows. Courses here are designed to adapt to the individual learner, professional preparation includes a wealth of real-world experiences, and there are a broad array of well-developed programs offered. On the campus in Towson, Maryland, students can major in Middle School Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and much more.
22. Northern State University
What makes the Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University unique? Lots of things, but here's just one: the school has a cool partnership program with the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which gives students special opportunities to learn in the classroom. Students also have co-curricular activities both on and off the Aberdeen, South Dakota campus including reading clinics, workshops, and a rural student teaching program. Northern State University has programs in Elementary Education, Physical Education, and Secondary Education.
23. SUNY Oneonta
An impressive 85% of the faculty at SUNY Oneonta have terminal degrees and the school boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 and a retention rate of 85%. Tuition rates are low here as well, so students receive value, especially for an education program that's accredited by the prestigious National Council of Teacher Education. Located in the small town of Oneonta, New York, SUNY Oneonta offers programs like a Master of Science in Education in School Counselor K-12 and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adolescence Education.
24. Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater State University's legacy as a teaching school is unparalleled. In fact, founded in 1840, it is the oldest permanent teacher education program in the United States. There is no shortage of programs here, either, both online and at the Bridgewater, Massachusetts campus. Here you'll find undergraduate programs like Early Childhood Education and Secondary Education, graduate programs like a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education, plus postbaccalaureate licensing programs in a wide range of disciplines.
25. University of Mary
The University of Mary, a private Christian school in Bismarck, North Dakota, is home to the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Here, students can take advantage of Year-Round Campus, taking cheaper summer courses and graduating with a bachelor's degree in just 2.6 years and a master's in education in only 4 years. When you factor that in, it makes the University of Mary one of the best values for a private-school education on our list. Degree options include bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Music Education, as well as master's degrees like Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading and Special Education Strategist.
26. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Why do students in the Department of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania have some of the best Praxis teacher certification exam pass rates? Aside from well-regarded undergraduate and graduate programs like Early Childhood (PreK-4), Elementary Education, and Special Education, students have access to the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School and the Bartos Child and Family Center. These facilities provide students with a unique opportunity to spend invaluable time inside working classrooms developing skills that translate into the real world.
27. Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon is home to Western Oregon University, a public school with a wealth of well-regarded programs for aspiring teachers. The mainstays are here; students can get a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education and a Master of Science in Education. But Western Oregon also boasts a lineup of really unique programs through the Division of Deaf Studies & Professional Studies including a Master of Science in Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education.
28. University of Minnesota - Duluth
When it comes to using the world as a classroom, the University of Minnesota - Duluth is a leader. Yes, students in programs like Special Education, Master of Education, and Early Childhood Education will spend time doing traditional coursework inside. But the University of Minnesota - Duluth works hard to give students experiences outside those walls; students have the chance to complete several apprenticeships and field experiences. The school also provides plenty of international student teaching placements in places like Slovenia and Ireland.
29. University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky clearly strives to keep students engaged throughout their time at the school and we think that makes for more well-rounded teachers. Students in the College of Education do community outreach in the Lexington area and beyond, complete student teaching field experiences, and connect with other students through organizations like Student Ambassadors, the Council of Student Leaders, and the Elementary Education Student Association. The school offers programs including bachelor's degrees in elementary education, special education and middle level education, master's degrees in secondary education, STEM education and literacy education, as well as doctoral degrees in physical education and health education.
30. Southeast Missouri State University
If you're looking for a great value in the Show-Me State, it's hard to go wrong with Southeast Missouri State University. At this public institution in Cape Girardeau, in-state tuition is relatively low, the faculty are leaders in their respective fields and the curriculum focuses on experiential learning. How well are grads from the College of Education, Health & Human Studies prepared for the real world? Eighty-eight percent said that the school delivered the skills they needed to succeed, and 96% were employed within one year of graduating. Students here have the option to choose from programs like bachelor's in fields like Early Childhood Education, Art Education, and English Education, and master's degrees in fields including secondary education, and higher education administration.
31. Shepherd University
Shepherd University doesn't just want to produce teachers; it wants to produce leaders who can affect change in the community and around the world. Students here are asked to complete service learning experiences where they take the theories they learn in the classroom setting and use them to care for the community. They also have traditional field experiences and can participate in the Shepherd Education Student Association and Kappa Delta Pi, gaining real-world knowledge and connections that will serve them as educators. Programs here include undergraduate degrees in Early Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and Master of Arts in Teaching.
32. Sonoma State University
Interested in teaching math and science? Sonoma State University is a great place to start. Through the Science and Mathematics Teacher Recruitment and Retention Initiative (SMTRI), Sonoma State provides financial incentives and guidance for prospective educators in this discipline. What's more, the school has the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program for math and science, which offers even more assistance. Programs available here include a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, a Master of Arts in Education, and a broad array of credential and professional development tracks.
33. Worcester State University
Worcester State University offers programs like a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and minors in both Middle School Education and Secondary School Education. But it's in the extras where WSU really shines. Internships, practicums and clinicals provide crucial classroom-learning experiences, research opportunities (supported by the Student Research Grant Fund) help teach new skills and service learning experiences build the character it takes to make a difference in education.
34. The University of Montana
If you take on a program at the University of Montana's Department of Teaching and Learning in Missoula, you're in good company. Students admitted here have an average GPA of 3.36 (well above the national average); in the Secondary and K-12 education program, graduates ended with an average major GPA of 3.49, and elementary education students scored an average of 13 points above the required Praxis score for Montana. What's more, you'll have a wide range of programs to choose from, including a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education (P-3), bachelor's in Secondary Education (K-12/5-12), M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and M.A. in Education.
35. University of Wisconsin - River Falls
On the campus of University of Wisconsin - River Falls is the staff-supervised University Preschool, a learning environment that serves both 4- and 5-year-olds and students in the Teacher Education Department. Two-way mirrors allow for observation, and the preschool's Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic adds another component to the educational experience students get at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. Program options are also plentiful here, with undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education and Secondary Education, and graduate programs in multiple topics including Reading and Elementary Education.
36. Stanislaus State
California State University - Stanislaus in Turlock, California is dedicated to creating committed teachers who help students of all socio-economic categories, races, and ability levels succeed. Students will find that driving force inherent in the curriculum of all the programs it offers including the Master of Arts in Education, the wealth of Single Subject Credential Programs and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Students can also get involved in a wide variety of supportive organizations including the Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education, the Future STEM Educators Club and the California Association of Bilingual Education.
37. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Need financial and emotional support to make it down the difficult path of becoming a teacher? Edinboro University of Pennsylvania understands this and has implemented a range of ways to help you get to the end of your studies and beyond. Financial support is plentiful, with aid like the Geneva Jones Bleakley Scholarship, the Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship and the Marian Miller EUWA Endowment. Counselors help you prepare for and take the challenging teacher certification tests and the school offers a wealth of programs where students help one another (Education Technology Club, Middle and Secondary Education Club and more). Here you can get a bachelor's in Early Childhood and Special Education, a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and an Associate in Preschool Education, among many, many others.
38. University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville fosters a supportive learning environment that helps aspiring educators every step of the way, from the admissions process to field experiences and classroom study. But they don't stop there. Through the New Teacher Mentoring Program, recent grads who are starting their careers can get assistance and support from an experienced mentor to meet these new challenges. UAH has all sorts of programs in its College of Education including a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Education.
39. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania has been preparing teachers for the classroom for more than 150 years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Here you'll find clinical teaching experiences (including one in Puerto Rico), help with passing certification tests and finding a job and a variety of student organizations (National Association for Music Education, Kappa Delta Pi, the Association for Childhood Education International). Programs here include a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Reading Specialist Certification, M.Ed. Instructional Technology and an Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning.
40. Montana State University
Bozeman is home to the largest university in Big Sky Country, Montana State University. Despite its size, MSU maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 19-to-1. Because of its size, MSU offers an impressive array of programs including undergraduate degrees in Technology Education and Secondary Education, and graduate degrees like the Master of Education and the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership. Students also have access to support organizations like the Adult & Higher Education Club, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Student Montana Educators Association.
41. Eastern Oregon University
The College of Education is home to Eastern Oregon University's renowned Undergraduate Elementary Education, Master of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programs. Experiential learning is a strong focus here, with MAT students completing two separate field experiences in central and eastern Oregon. Students can also benefit from endorsements like ESOL and Elementary - Multiple Subjects, both of which are taught in an interdisciplinary, cohort setting.
42. SUNY Cortland
When it comes to nationally accredited programs in teacher education, SUNY Cortland boasts the largest on the East Coast, so it has a lot to offer, from student organizations and honor societies to education-specific scholarships a huge variety of hands-on learning opportunities. Perhaps that's how the school's students maintain a stellar 99% pass rate on assessment tests. SUNY Cortland's size also means students can choose from an impressive range of programs. Undergraduates can major in things like Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12), Health Education and Teaching English as a Second Language (Grades K-12), while graduates can choose master's degrees in Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6, Childhood Education or Second Language Education - French.
43. Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, understands that doing is one of the best ways to learn and prepare for a career. That's why every student does at least one intense semester of real-world teaching, either in Michigan or internationally. And, with the Michigan Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Student Michigan Education Association, NMU helps connect students and teachers to foster a collaborative learning environment. Bachelor's degrees are available in Elementary and Secondary Education with different focuses like language arts or French and a Master of Arts in Education with a variety of concentrations.
44. University of Mississippi
The School of Education at the University of Mississippi in University, MS, believes in 'Educators as Reflective Professionals' and all of its programs - from bachelor's degrees in Special Education and Social Studies to the Master's in Education and Doctor of Education - are driven by that mantra. Ole Miss also deserves kudos for its World Class Teaching Program, which provides mentors to help guide aspiring educators through the sometimes-daunting teacher certification process.
45. Nicholls State University
Students and graduates at Nicholls State University, a public university in Thibodaux, LA, rave about the school, and for good reason. Faculty here strive for inspiration and engagement, students can join thriving on-campus clubs like NEAT (Nicholls Education Association of Teachers) and most get help paying for school with scholarships like the Camille Hebert Memorial Scholarship In Education and the Braxton Hebert Memorial Scholarship In Education. Nicholls State University offers numerous programs, including an Associate of Child Development and Preschool Management, an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.
46. University of Utah
Nestled in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah serves nearly 33,000 students but somehow maintains an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 16-to-1. The College of Education boasts a diverse array of programs including a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, a Master of Education and a Ph.D. in Special Education. And speaking of diverse, the University of Utah boasts the unique and praise-worthy Urban Institute for Teacher Education, a program devoted to preparing aspiring teachers to serve in underserved communities.
47. University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN is home to the University of Southern Indiana and its Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. Here you'll find teacher education programs at every level: a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Education and a Doctor of Education, plus a unique array of concentrations. Kappa Delta Pi, education's honor society, is in full force here, as is the Student Education Association, where students can connect with service and professional development opportunities. What's more, the school offers an array of scholarship options to help students get even more value.
48. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
At Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, classroom work has its place, but getting students outside those confines is a major focus. There's student teaching (some abroad), internships, field experiences and hands-on work at the Curriculum Center, the Attention and Behavior Clinic and the Speech-Language-Hearing Center. At Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville's Department of Teaching & Learning, there are well-regarded undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Elementary Education. Graduate-level programs include Curriculum & Instruction (P-12), Literacy Education (K-12) and Special Education.
49. University of Wisconsin - Superior
The UW - Superior has been educating future educators since 1893 and it's learned a thing or two about the process along the way. The school's Department of Education has online and on-campus degrees in Education Instruction, Special Education and Educational Administration, and students can find professional connections and development opportunities through on-campus organizations like the Future Teachers Association. And, because cost can be an impediment for many students, UW-Superior packs its programs with assistance opportunities including the Teddi Briddell-Dimitri Scholarship and the Rae Johnson Scholarship.
50. Northwest Missouri State University
The placement rate for graduates of education programs at Northwest Missouri State University is nearly 100% and an incredible 95% of grads and those who hired them liked the program and its results enough to recommend Northwest to others. It's not hard to see why. The School of Education runs the Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center - a fully functioning elementary and pre-school, respectively - that serve aspiring teachers as invaluable sources of hands-on experience. These schools enrich the learning experience across all the programs here, from a BSEd in Early Childhood and EdD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis to an MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction.
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