The Best Accredited Online Teaching Programs

Updated on: 12/20/2017

From elementary school classrooms to college campuses, teachers are vested with the responsibility of preparing society’s future generations. Depending on their personal interests and aptitudes, they may gravitate to helping kindergarteners master the alphabet, or they may pass down hard-earned knowledge in a specialized field. In this guide, current and future teachers can get information to carve out the path that best suits their educational preferences and occupational goals. Learn more about available online degree programs and outcomes, salary expectations, and career opportunities.

The 50 Best Online Accredited Teaching and Education Degrees

Choosing a reputable, high-caliber online teaching program can seem like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, our method for ranking online programs simplifies the weeding-out process. To establish our top choices among education degrees, we evaluated schools and their online programs based on factors such as student-teacher ratio, tuition fees, graduation rates and financial aid availability. Going beyond the numbers, our analysts also examined a school’s student services, such as academic advising and job placement assistance, to round out our rankings. We’ve tallied the numbers and created our list; use it in conjunction with your own criteria, such as location and program duration.

When deciding between colleges and online program offerings, accreditation is the first standard to follow. The following ranked programs are fully accredited by organizations certified by the Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


Accredited Schools Online uses a proprietary blend of cost, quality, and student support services to determine overall rankings.The supporting data comes from reputable sources including the schools themselves. We focus our rankings on accredited and no-for-profit institutions.

Our data analysis team and higher education experts have worked together to create a scoring system that includes key qualitative and quantitative measures. The data attributes are then weighted based on relevance.

The scoring methodology includes factors such as:

  • Cost & financial aid
  • Number of programs and program offerings
  • Student-teacher ratios
  • Graduation rates
  • Placement and support services offered
  • Academic/Career counseling services
  • Employment services
  • And many others

These factors are assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or "bang for your buck" of a college or degree program.

Rank University Location Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % Total Programs Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Placement Services Counseling Services Credit for Experience University Information
1 Harvard University Cambridge,MA 99.25 $$$$$ 52% 1 7:1 97% yes yes no

One of the most recognizable colleges in the US, Harvard University's world-class education extends to their teaching programs. Students that want to earn an undergraduate degree in teaching will have to declare before their junior year, but they won't have to earn a degree specifically in education. Instead of offering bachelor's degrees in teaching, Harvard employs what they call the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP).

Through UTEP, students will earn a degree in their desired field while also completing the requirements to be eligible to become a licensed teacher. As an example, a student who is earning a degree in biology will be able to continue their biology studies while also getting the experience necessary to teach biology at the middle school or secondary school level. Along with some required perspective courses, students will have to spend 78 hours observing classrooms and another 360 as a supervised teacher. By the end of the program, students will be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts, a state whose licensure is accepted by most states.

Before students consider this program, it's worth noting that only specific major options can be combined with UTEP. While degrees like history and general science are compatible, bachelor's degrees in areas like economics and music are not.

After earning their bachelor's degrees, students may consider earning a graduate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each of the 13 master's degree programs offered are a year in duration, but require full time enrollment. Along with the master's degree programs, Harvard also offers doctoral programs. Two post graduate certificates (one in learning design and technology, the other in religious studies and education) are available online. Both of these are meant to be combined with a graduate degree from Harvard, helping teachers set themselves apart as they learn new skills.

2 Yeshiva University New York,NY 97.18 $$$$$ 82% 5 7:1 85% yes yes no

Yeshiva University is the premier institution of higher learning rooted in Jewish tradition. Religion plays a large role in the curriculum at Yeshiva, and some of the degree programs are designed specifically for students to become leaders in their local Jewish communities. Students that earn a bachelor's degree in education at Yeshiva will be prepared for a career as a teacher, and many graduates go on to become teachers in Jewish schools.

Before applying, students should know there's no traditional bachelor's degree in education offered at Yeshiva. Instead, students will be put on the school's pathways for success—programs that combine Jewish education with the student's field of interest. For students who want to become teachers, these pathways culminate in a master's degree and the experience required to become a licensed teacher.

Of the different pathways to earning a master's degree in education, the majority are accelerated BA/MS programs. A popular accelerated program is the BA/MS that combines Yeshiva with Stern College for Women. Through this accelerated program, students can begin taking graduate level courses during their junior or senior year of undergrad. Yeshiva also has a two-year master's program for current teachers who want to earn a master's degree. Courses for this program are offered nightly, so students can retain their current positions. If night classes are difficult for students, Yeshiva also has an online master's degree program. This program allows students to study at their own pace.

Also offered at Yeshiva is a teaching math and science BA/MA program. This accelerated program will combine Jewish education with a master's degree offered by New York University. Students will officially have a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva and a master's degree in mathematics and science education from NYU.

3 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods,IN 96.76 $$$$$ 95% 10 6:1 60% yes yes yes

By combining their Christian roots with their innovative academic programs, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has established itself as one of the top private schools in Indiana. SMWC turns students into local leaders who graduate ready to begin their careers. The innovative approach to developing student leaders can be seen with the school's education programs, which include additional licensure.

The first of SMWC's two bachelor's degrees in education is in Preschool–Grade 3, and the second is Kindergarten–Grade 6. Both of these programs offer dual licensure in teaching and mild intervention, giving students the credentials they need to become special education teachers. Students will have the chance to participate in multiple field experiences prior to becoming student teachers. Both programs require student teaching since it is a requirement for licensure. Regardless of which major students choose, they will be able to take courses on campus or online, offered in both 16-week and accelerated 8-week formats. Some specific courses are also offered in a hybrid format. If students do choose to study online, they will still need to complete their student teaching in person.

Students that already have an undergraduate degree but want to become licensed teachers should consider one of SMWC's alternate programs. These programs are designed to give aspiring teachers the required experience and education to become a licensed teacher. There are four programs offered for these students, varying in length and intensity. Additional licenses are also offered, which can be combined with any of the undergraduate programs.

4 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore,MD 96.33 $$$$$ 48% 3 10:1 93% yes yes no

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University is one of the oldest and most storied institutions of higher education in the country. While studying at Johns Hopkins, students will receive instruction from respected instructors who are experts in their field while also getting the chance to learn through plenty of hands-on experience.

Students that want to earn a degree in education from Johns Hopkins should note that the school doesn't offer any relevant undergraduate programs. However, it does have several master's and doctoral degrees to choose from, as well as a variety of certificates. Johns Hopkins offers six master's degrees through its School of Education, ranging from a master's of science in education to public safety leadership. These program are subdivided further, allowing students to specialize their education. For example, students earning a master's of science in education can focus on one of eight fields, such as digital age learning or gifted education. These specializations are meant for teachers who are currently working and want to move their career forward.

One useful aspect of Johns Hopkins is that it offers many of their graduate degrees and certificates entirely online. The majority of the degree programs can be completed in just a few years, but students can complete the degree in more or less time if needed. Certificates can be earned in as little as one year, and are designed specifically for Maryland teachers who are already licensed but want additional endorsements.

5 Canisius College Buffalo,NY 96.28 $$$$$ 96% 7 11:1 67% yes yes no

Among the best private schools in the Northeast, Canisius College is a Jesuit school located in Buffalo, New York. Its Jesuit tradition is a big part of the curriculum.

In the School of Education at Canisius, the program that leads directly to New York teaching certification and a career is the bachelor's in adolescence education. Along with time spent student teaching, students will also be able to earn 100 hours of fieldwork. These two experiences are required by the state of New York if students want to become teacher certified. Students can also specialize their degree by choosing from one of nine certifications. These certifications are all at the 7–12 grade level, and help students qualify for specialized teaching positions. Along with the bachelor's in adolescence education, Canisius offers a bachelor's in special education/childhood education. This program combines special education with grades 1–6 education, and upon earning their degree, students will be able to teach at either level.

Canisius also offers a variety of master's degrees and certifications, each of which help students specialize even further. For students who want both an undergraduate and graduate degree, there is also a joint adolescence education/students with disabilities degree program.

6 Presbyterian College Clinton,SC 96.26 $$$$$ 99% 5 11:1 68% yes yes no

With a student body of just over 1,000, Presbyterian College is a smaller institution that offers impressive student to faculty ratios and small class sizes. Some students find that this attention to the individual makes it easier to earn a quality degree. All students participate in either a study abroad program or internship before earning their degree, so students can graduate with a degree and experience that helps them stand out.

Students who want to earn a degree in education are required to spend the last semester of their undergraduate career student teaching. Presbyterian offers many different undergraduate education degrees, so students can choose a specific level or subject in which they eventually want to teach. There are three general education degrees offered a Presbyterian: bachelor's in early childhood education, elementary education and middle school education. Regardless of which option students choose, they'll have completed all the requirements to become certified in South Carolina. Also, concentrations are available with each degree, and students can choose to minor in secondary education.

Students that want to teach in a specific field at the secondary level have options as well. Some degree programs at Presbyterian College combine education with another degree. For example, students that want to teach history can pursue a degree in history and a minor in secondary education certification. This allows students to earn a degree in their desired field while also getting the experience necessary to become certified teachers at the high school level. Interested students must be accepted into the teacher education program at PC.

7 Salem College Winston Salem,NC 95.91 $$$$$ 98% 1 11:1 64% yes yes yes

The oldest institution of higher learning for women, Salem College, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is now home to over 1,100 women studying the liberal arts. While Salem is a women's school, both men and women over the age of 23 can be accepted into the school's continuing education or graduate programs.

Aspiring teachers can earn a bachelor's degree in teaching, schools and society. This is an interdisciplinary major. The goal is to give students a wide range of knowledge, but students are also able to specialize their skills by pursuing one of six concentrations. Teacher licensure is not required to earn the degree but those who do want licensure will be required to spend time as a student teacher, a prerequisite to becoming certified in North Carolina.

After earning their bachelor's degree in education, students may be interested in continuing on to earn a master's degree. There are three master's degrees offered by Salem: a master's in teaching, a master's in education and a fully online master's of education in school counseling. The first option is for students with a non-teaching degree who want to become licensed, and the final two are for currently certified teachers who want to advance their career. All options are available part time, allowing for students to continue working while earning their degree.

8 Drexel University Philadelphia,PA 95.84 $$$$$ 100% 6 10:1 70% yes yes yes

Drexel University is one of the top destinations for students that want to begin a career immediately after graduation. This is because of their co-op program which pairs students with businesses to earn real world experience, both in local Philadelphia and across the nation. These co-op programs are a great way to gain experience and the majority of them are paid, helping keep the costs of getting an education affordable.

Depending on their field of study, a co-op could help separate students further from future competition. Of the undergraduate programs offered through Drexel's School of Education, the most popular options are the bachelor's degrees in elementary and secondary education. These programs prepare students to teach at the elementary and high school level, respectively, and will provide students with all the prerequisite experience they need to become licensed teachers. These programs can also be combined with additional certification, letting students set themselves apart further.

One program unique to Drexel is the DragonsTeach program, which is designed specifically for students earning a STEM degree but who also want to become teachers. Through this program, students add the requirements for teacher certification to their degree and pursue both at the same time. There are also teacher certification options for non-STEM majors, but these typically require at least one additional year of education, and possibly even a graduate degree.

9 Xavier University Cincinnati,OH 95.84 $$$$$ 99% 3 11:1 76% yes yes yes

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University is a Jesuit institution with a track record of high employment for their graduates. Because of their Jesuit heritage, Xavier places a heavy emphasis on service, both at the local and global level. This is reflected in their curriculum, including bachelor's degrees in education.

Students that want to pursue a degree in education can choose from one of eight options. Each one leads to certification in the respective field, and some can be specialized further. Thanks to their prime location, Xavier makes getting the real-world experience necessary to become a licensed teacher easier. The university does this by partnering with over 50 school districts in the area, with schools ranging from urban to suburban, public to private.

To get a better idea of what an education degree from Xavier looks like, prospective students should look at the bachelor's degree in middle childhood education. This four-year program culminates with students taking the teacher licensure exam, and boasts a 99 percent pass rate. Drawing back to its emphasis on service, Xavier places a unique Hispanic focus on this program. Because the Hispanic population is quickly growing across the country, Spanish speaking teachers are in demand. This program isn't required, but it does give students an edge when it comes time to finding a job. This focus can also be combined with studying abroad in Nicaragua, which is a unique experience. Because education degrees often have so many requirements, many don't have gives students an option to study abroad. After earning their degree, Xavier graduates have an impressive 98 percent job placement rate, landing in different positions and institutions across the country.

10 University of Scranton Scranton,PA 95.67 $$$$$ 94% 2 10:1 82% yes yes yes

The University of Scranton, a private, Jesuit school located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, goes beyond the normal education offered by most institutions by continuing to offer benefits to students after they graduate. Professional growth and networking are a big part of the Scranton's culture, so plenty of students use these lifelong connections to find better careers. This is particularly useful for teachers or future teachers who want to teach in a specific field.

The Education Department at Scranton combines Jesuit principles with service, teaching students how to become leaders in their community. All undergraduate education programs are only offered on campus, but this gives students the benefit of learning in small classes with personalized instruction. There are three undergraduate education degree options at Scranton: early and primary, middle level, and secondary education. Each of these programs lead to certification in Pennsylvania, and is transferable to most states. Additional certification is also available for students who want to specialize further.

Of the three education degree programs, secondary education is the most unique since it requires some type of specialization. Students can choose to focus on one of 13 different areas, preparing them to teach at the high school level in that field. Also required is 40 hours of service on top of student teaching. Many education students choose to spend their time volunteering with underprivileged children as a way to give back to the community while gaining real-world experience.

Students that want to teach special education will be required to earn a master's degree. There are two options for this: a traditional master's degree, or an accelerated 5-year BS-MS program. Both programs lead to special education certification at any level. Students that earn their master's degree are also eligible to earn an administrative certification, the first step toward becoming a superintendent.

11 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon,OH 95.67 $$$$$ 100% 2 13:1 60% yes yes no

One of the biggest draws of Mount Vernon Nazarene University is their low cost of attendance. 100 percent of incoming freshmen get some form of financial aid, and the average award given to students reduced the cost of attendance by more than half. In terms of affordability and quality education, it's difficult to match MVNU. The low cost and small average class sizes are two reasons why it's an excellent school where a person can earn a bachelor's degree in education.

MVNU offers one bachelor's in education online: the bachelor's in early childhood education. All courses are offered entirely online, and online students receive the same access to resources as traditional students. Accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, graduates of this program will be eligible to earn their teaching license. However, it is worth noting that all states require some type of student teaching experience to be eligible to earn licensure. MVNU specifically requires a minimum of 600 hours, which have to be completed in person. Aside from that, the entirety of this program can be completed online. This program is also offered on campus, along with many other education programs.

Traditional, on campus options for a bachelor's in education include early childhood, middle childhood, secondary, mild/moderate and general K–12 education. Each of these programs leads directly to licensure in Ohio, and some can be combined with other programs to further specialize. For example, students studying toward a bachelor's in mild/moderate education can combine and double major in early childhood or middle childhood education. Students earning a degree in secondary education will be required to specialize, and they can do so in one of six fields. Students that already have a bachelor's degree in another field can always earn the prerequisites for licensures through the graduate school at MVNU. There are also additional licenses available for current educators.

12 Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee,WI 95.63 $$$$$ 100% 8 12:1 64% yes yes yes

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran College has a student body of just 1,200, and average class sizes of 16. The small size and focus of each class give students a unique opportunity to have a personalized education, and the result is typically a high job placement rate. Job placement is particularly impressive for their education program where 100 percent of graduate over the past five years have started a career as a teacher.

WLC's undergraduate education program technically only has one major option, but the degree can be specialized further. Concentrations for the program include early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education and wide range education. The goal of having individual concentrations instead of different major options is to have all students complete the same base courses, making sure that all graduates have a well-rounded education. Regardless of which concentration students choose, they will be required to take an 18-week teacher candidacy during the final year of their education. During this candidacy, students will spend 15 hours each week working in the same school district, more than satisfying the prerequisite needs to become a licensed teacher in Wisconsin. Students can also further supplement their education with an optional urban or international education opportunity. These give students real-world experience in a niche field.

While a majority of graduates from the education program go on to begin their career, some students choose to continue their education with graduate school. These students can earn a master's degree at WLC and specialize in high performance instruction, special education leadership, leadership and innovation, or the transition to teaching option. These options are available either through a blend of online courses and on campus instruction or entirely online. This depends on which specialization students choose since some require in person experience. Prior to starting graduate school, WLC does recommend that students spend some time teaching and gaining professional experience.

13 Augustana College Sioux Falls,SD 95.57 $$$$$ 100% 1 10:1 66% yes yes yes

Augustana College is home to a robust Department of Education, through which students can choose from numerous majors within the world of teaching. Options include elementary education, K–12 special education, all-grades and secondary education, and some programs that are rather tough to find, such as those in sign language interpretation and communication disorders. Students can also choose minors in K–12 ENL (English as a New Language), special education, sign language and reading. Endorsements that lead to licensure include those for kindergarten, coaching, K–12 ENL and middle school. All education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Education students must earn a bachelor's degree in order to teach in public schools; to that end, every education major at Augustana College culminates in the bachelor's degree. During the first years of study, students attend classes as well as engage in hands-on learning through work as mentors, tutors and classroom assistants. The Model Classroom is a simulated elementary school classroom that allows students to hone their skills; there is even a one-way mirror where students can watch seasoned teachers instructing a class.

Students complete at least 100 hours of active field experiences before they begin student teaching which takes place during the final semester of their senior year. Students are also encouraged to take part in out-of-area teaching, which might take them to classroom anywhere from another state to another country. These experiences hold students in good stead upon graduation; Augustana's Education Department boasts an almost 100 percent graduate placement rate in elementary, middle school, high school and special education.

Though none of the school's undergraduate programs are available online, the Master of Education is taught fully through distance learning. Students in the graduate program can choose from concentrations in STEM, technology, special populations, reading and instructional strategies. The non-thesis program can be completed in 19 months of study.

14 Wake Forest University Winston Salem,NC 95.54 $$$$$ 38% 1 10:1 86% yes yes no

Aspiring educators at Wake Forest University can gain the knowledge and experience they need for licensure through the Department of Education. For those seeking undergraduate education, the elementary education program prepares students to teach grades K–6, while the secondary education program prepares students to instruct higher grades. The Schools, Education and Society (SES) minor is a 17-hour program designed for students who have an interest in education but do not want to seek licensure.

The Department of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Students should note that though some education courses can be taken online, the programs themselves are not offered online.

Formal application to the Department of Education undergraduate programs should be completed by the middle of the junior year. Application includes successful completion of certain prerequisite courses, an overall 2.7 GPA or above, positive recommendations, evidence of meeting NC State Testing Requirements, and successful completion of an admission interview.

Undergraduates in the elementary education program must minor in another department or earn a concentration in Spanish, French or German. Those in the secondary education program must complete the 30-hour undergraduate licensure minor and major in one of four content areas: English, mathematics, social studies, or science (with a choice between biology, chemistry or physics). During the final semester, students will be fully engaged in student teaching; courses outside the major cannot be taken during this semester unless special circumstances warrant.

Students can choose from three graduate programs in education: Initial Licensure—Master Teacher Fellows (MTF), Advanced Licensure—Master Teacher Associates, and Non-Licensure—Master of Educational Studies. The MTF program is offered at the elementary level, which takes 18 months to complete, as well as the secondary level, which requires 13 months of study. The MTA and MES each require 13 months of study as well. Other graduate options include the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Certificate and the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Education dual degree.

15 Westminster College New Wilmington,PA 95.50 $$$$$ 100% 6 10:1 76% yes yes yes

With the student-to-faculty ratio 12-to-1, 98 percent of students receiving financial aid and 91 percent of faculty holding terminal degrees in their field, Westminster College stands poised to provide students with the personal experience they crave in an otherwise robust educational department. Those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts can choose between programs in early childhood/special education and secondary education, the latter of which requires choosing a content area major. Those who choose to major in music education will earn their degree through the music department.

Westminster College's teacher preparation programs are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When students complete the program, they will be eligible to sit for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania, and careful selection of courses might also prepare students for licensure in other states. Those who want to look into that possibility are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor numerous times during their course selection. At this time, the college does not offer online programs or courses for undergraduates in education.

Students will enjoy a close relationship with department faculty, who monitor student progress through coursework, personal advising, public school practicums, field experiences, supervised activities and the student teaching assignment. Students can also engage in faculty-student research projects that provide an opportunity to take their education even more in-depth. Students might choose to join an ongoing project or start one of their own.

Other resources abound to make the educational experience the best it can possibly be. These include student organizations, such as Kappa Delta Pi and the Westminster student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. The CEC works to improve the educational experience and quality of life for youth and adults with exceptionalities. Students can also look into spending a semester abroad, where they will continue their studies while immersing themselves in the culture of another country.

16 St Catherine University Saint Paul,MN 95.47 $$$$$ 98% 1 10:1 61% yes yes yes

St. Catherine University offers numerous programs in education, including several delivery formats to help busy working students make the most of their education. The School of Business and Professional Studies offers four undergraduate programs in education, including majors in early childhood education, early childhood education—Montessori, education, and education—elementary. The early childhood education programs are available online, while the education—elementary program is offered in hybrid format. The education program is available in person only, and prepares students to teach grades K–6, 5–12, or K–12.

Those seeking graduate studies can choose from five options at St. Kate's. Online learners can opt for the master's in education: online Montessori (AM2), which takes 31 credits and about one year to complete. The master's in education: Montessori credential must be completed in person and takes anywhere from one to 2.5 years, depending upon the concentration. Students can also choose the master's or certificate in education: teacher licensure (available in hybrid format), as well as the master's in education: for licensed educators or the certificate in education: certificates for licensed educators (both of which are available either online or in hybrid format).

In addition, St. Kate's offers numerous endorsements, including those in pre-primary, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish and more. With such a wide array of options, it seems easy to get lost in the shuffle; however, a surprisingly small student-faculty ratio of 10-to-1 helps ensure individual attention, and a wealth of student services and resources —especially for non-traditional students—can make the college years easier.

St. Kate's is committed to preparing young educators in a big way by requiring all elementary education majors to complete a three-course STEM Certificate, making St. Kate's the nation's first institution to ensure graduates are well-versed in STEM topics. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Twin Cities Teacher Cooperative, a collaboration of six private colleges and universities who strive to create a new paradigm for teaching and learning.

17 Niagara University Niagara University,NY 95.44 $$$$$ 99% 4 13:1 65% yes yes yes

The College of Education at Niagara University offers numerous options for students seeking an undergraduate degree. Among the bachelor's degrees available are those in early childhood and childhood education, middle childhood and adolescence education, special education and adolescence, and childhood and middle level childhood education. In addition, students can choose minors in literacy or developmental disabilities. Students also have the option of creating dual majors; for instance, the teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) major can be combined with childhood education or adolescent education majors.

Numerous graduate programs are available as well, both in person and online. The Master of Science in Education-Special Education is offered fully online, as well as the Master of Arts in Education-Developmental Disabilities. Numerous programs in educational leadership and several certificates are available online, as well as the Master of Science in Educational Leadership. Other programs in education at the graduate level, including the PhD in Leadership and Policy, are available in the classroom setting.

All educational programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. In fact, Niagara University is the only university in New York to gain accreditation in both the United States and Canada. The school also holds several recognitions, from such places as National Council of Teachers of English or the Council for Exceptional Children.

In addition to the classwork students will complete and the student teaching most undergraduate programs require, students at Niagara University will become well-versed in community resources. These include a family literacy center, STEM Initiatives and more. In addition, students begin work in local classrooms as early at the first semester of their freshman year, so they can be prepared with a strong foundation when they reach the final student teaching requirement during their senior year.

18 Concordia University-Nebraska Seward,NE 95.42 $$$$$ 100% 8 14:1 64% yes yes no

Students seeking an education degree can find a wealth of options at Concordia University-Nebraska. Those with an undergraduate degree in mind can choose from 10 options, including programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education. More unusual options include bachelor's degrees in Christian education leadership and world and intercultural studies. Those on a non-degree track can opt for the pre-deaconess or director of Christian education programs.

Another 10 possibilities make up the master's in education programs. These include master's degrees in curriculum and instruction, early childhood special education, literacy with reading specialist emphasis, educational administration and more. Most degrees at this level are available in on campus, hybrid and online formats; however, the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is available only online.

Graduates of Concordia University-Nebraska enjoy a 98 percent graduation placement rate, and 100 percent enjoy the financial relief from grants and scholarships. In addition to institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the university also holds accreditation for education programs through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In addition to numerous resources available to on campus students, those engaged in online learning will have plenty of help. Online learning support provides troubleshooting for the Blackboard delivery system, access to ConnectOnline, and online research guides dedicated to assisting those who take their classes away from campus. Student advisors work with traditional as well as online students, helping them choose the proper courses and navigate the sometimes confusing requirements for progress in the education major.

Those who pursue an education degree that requires student teaching—such as the bachelor's degree in elementary education—will have the opportunity to spread their teaching experience over two semesters. By offering two eight-week teaching sessions for seniors, Concordia University-Nebraska ensures students have the opportunity to work with different grade levels and classroom settings. This means a more diverse experience, which can hold graduates in good stead when they move into full-time work for a school district.

19 University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville,VA 95.39 $$$$$ 27% 3 15:1 93% yes yes no

At the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, students can choose from bachelor's degrees to doctorates, and they can study in person or online. The university offers an impressive 68 degrees and 21 areas of study across all levels in education. By taking a holistic approach and creating programs that not only focus on the student's major but also touch on other disciplines, the University of Virginia prepares graduates to consider their students' emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs.

Students seeking an undergraduate degree can choose from several unique options, including majors in kinesiology, speech communication disorders and youth and social innovation. Numerous add-on endorsements, as well as minors in health and well-being and global studies in education are also available. Graduate programs cover much more ground, allowing students to study everything from elementary education to higher education administration.

Students specifically seeking online degrees can pursue master's or doctoral programs in administration and supervision, curriculum and instruction and reading education. Certificates include those in adolescent literacy, reading specialist and gifted learners in PreK–12 education. Course series for endorsement or licensure are also available, including those in gifted education, English language learning and the library media program. Students who choose the more traditional classroom path can enhance their experience by taking some individual courses online during their time at UVA.

In addition to the flexibility of online courses and programs, students who choose to study online can take advantage of small class sizes, ease of access to seasoned faculty and lower-than-average tuition rates, which applies to both in-state and out-of-state students. In addition, PreK–12 educators receive a tuition discount. The Curry School of Education holds several specialized accreditations, including vitally important recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

20 Creighton University Omaha,NE 95.35 $$$$$ 98% 1 11:1 76% yes yes yes

Students seeking an education in the Jesuit tradition and the ability to teach others after graduation can find what they're looking for at Creighton University in Nebraska. Numerous options are available through the Department of Education, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as opportunities for online learning. Goals of education programs at the school include preparing students to be an effective teacher in the Jesuit tradition, use classroom leadership skills to inspire children to learn, and become ethical thinkers and problem solvers. All educational programs at Creighton University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Those seeking a bachelor's degree can choose from numerous majors, including those in elementary education or secondary school teaching. Students can also major in a specific area and choose the education credential that allows them to move into teaching students, such as majoring in English, French, history or music. In addition, those students who already hold degrees can turn to Creighton University to obtain an endorsement that will allow them to teach at the elementary or secondary level.

As with other Nebraska programs that culminate in a bachelor's degree and prepare students to teach, Creighton University's educational programs require a minimum of 30 credit hours divided between social science, science, mathematics and communication content areas. Student teaching takes place over one semester (about 16 weeks) and students must complete at least 100 hours of field experience before that semester rolls around.

At the graduate level, students have more options available that directly relate to education both in and beyond the classroom, such as the degree in theology and secondary school teaching, or the interdisciplinary EdD in leadership. Online options are also available at the graduate level, such as the online certificate in Catholic school leadership or the online master's in educational leadership. Programs closely related to teaching are also available; a good example is the Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventative Mental Health, another online program.

21 University of Saint Mary Leavenworth,KS 95.34 $$$$$ 96% 4 8:1 53% yes yes yes

For over 90 years, University of Saint Mary has served higher education students in Kansas and beyond. That includes several strong programs through the Education Department. Today's undergraduate majors include those in child development education, elementary education and secondary education, with coaching offered as a minor.

Students in any bachelor's program in education must maintain a minimum 2.5 overall GPA, as well as a 2.75 GPA during admission and exit of the education program. All bachelor's degrees require completion of 128 credit hours. Programs in the secondary education major include those in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics and theater.

Students are also required to obtain institutional recommendation and complete the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio during their student teaching semester. These requirements set students up for potential licensure after graduation from the program and taking the Praxis licensure tests. In recent years, graduates of USM have scored a 95 percent pass rate for their content areas on the Praxis exam.

Students who have already earned a great deal of their general education credits can also take advantage of bachelor's completion programs in elementary education and child development, both offered at the Overland Park Campus. Completion programs offer flexible scheduling—students can go full-time or part-time, and can choose the order in which to take their courses. Students are expected to have at least 60 credit hours completed, though some might be accepted with less. Either way, students must work closely with an advisor to ensure their credits transfer, and to fulfill any outstanding requirements.

Four graduate options are available for students at the Overland Park Campus. Those include the master's in education, special education, elementary education (with licensure) and secondary education (with licensure). There are currently no online programs for education offered through University of Saint Mary. Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, as well as the Kansas State Department of Education.

22 Lehigh University Bethlehem,PA 95.29 $$$$$ 47% 3 10:1 86% yes yes no

The robust College of Education at Lehigh University is known for providing ample opportunities for study, including in-class, hybrid and online options for aspiring educators. Because Lehigh University believes that teachers must be well-versed in their content areas, students are encouraged to obtain their bachelor's degree in their field of interest, then pursue the teacher education coursework, which leads to a master's degree. Students who are certain they want to teach can opt for the five-year program, which allows them to obtain the bachelor's degree in their content area as well as the master's degree in education.

Lehigh University offers over a dozen master's degrees in education. A few examples include programs in educational leadership, instructional technology, special education and secondary education with Pennsylvania 7–12 certification. Some of these programs, such as the master's in international school counseling or the master's in educational leadership and principal certification, can be taken entirely online. These are best suited for those who already have their teacher's license and are looking for a flexible, convenient way to improve their career prospects.

Students who plan to take their education even further can opt for doctoral degrees. The university offers five doctoral programs, including those in educational leadership and special education, as well as one education specialist degree. Certificates in five areas are also available; most require anywhere from 12 to 18 hours and can take up to two years to complete.

Students in the education programs at Lehigh University will discover numerous unique resources. For instance, the Centennial School is a priceless tool for aspiring teachers. This highly acclaimed education laboratory provides an opportunity for students to work directly with youth, especially those who have emotional and behavioral needs. Students in the special education master's curriculum will find this experience quite valuable as they pursue their graduate degree or certification.

23 Baldwin Wallace University Berea,OH 95.28 $$$$$ 100% 3 13:1 71% yes yes yes

Baldwin Wallace University, nestled in the small yet vibrant town of Berea, Ohio, is a private, liberal arts school. The School of Education at BW offers the teacher education major, a rigorous and career-focused curriculum that prepares teachers for licensure in the state of Ohio. Students in the program will not only complete the mandatory student teaching during their final semester, but will also have numerous hands-on opportunities for learning during the previous years, leading to over 700 hours of valuable experience before graduation. In addition, BW ensures strong technology integration throughout all courses, thus preparing aspiring teachers for the tech-heavy classroom.

In addition to the teacher education program that culminates in a bachelor's degree, BW offers options for those who already have their bachelor's degree but now want to earn their teacher certification. The Initial Licensure program is available in five areas: early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent/young adult, multi-age and mild/moderate educational needs. Students can also choose to pursue their licensure as well as a master's degree in one of the five specialty areas. Licensure programs, including the undergraduate program for teacher licensure, are available on campus only.

The Master of Arts in Education programs focus on a variety of topics of interest, including school leadership, mild/moderate educational needs, literacy, leadership in technology for teaching and learning, and leadership in higher education. All programs (with the exception of leadership in higher education) are offered in either online or hybrid formats. Those in hybrid courses can expect to meet two or three times during the term, but complete the rest of their work on their own time, with set deadlines to help keep them on track. All programs in education at Baldwin Wallace University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

24 Judson College Marion,AL 95.20 $$$$$ 98% 5 9:1 41% yes yes yes

A very small, private institution for women in Alabama, Judson College focuses on preparing students for their careers while fostering growth in their relationships with Christ. The Education Department at Judson College offers the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, as well as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in one of many content areas in the secondary education program. Content areas include choral music, general science, mathematics, English/language arts, and social science. Each degree leads to a Class B Alabama Professional Educator Certification. In addition, the rigorous program prepares students to move into a master's program if they want to continue their educational pursuits.

Students who prefer distance learning can take online education courses through the cohort model, which follows the same semester schedule as on campus students. In addition to one-on-one assistance from professors, distance learners are also assigned a student-mentor who can help keep them on track. It is important to remember, however, that all placements for student teachers take place in Alabama schools, and students who graduate from the program are ready to pursue licensure in that state.

Students who have provisional certification in a teaching field can take the required PCTF courses through distance learning as well. All programs in education at Judson College, including those offered through distance learning, are approved by the Department of Education of the State of Alabama.

Education students at Judson College are encouraged to become involved with schools in the community, and they often do so in a big way. Service learning projects, coaching sports teams, assisting with fundraising and even taking children on Habitat for Humanity trips are all ways Judson College undergraduates help out with the greater community. In addition, students can join the Beta Rho chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon, which gives them even more opportunities to give back to their local Alabama area.

25 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead,MN 95.10 $$$$$ 100% 1 11:1 71% yes yes no

Concordia College in Minnesota takes its education program seriously—in fact, it's one of the top five programs at the college, boasting an average class size of 16 students and study abroad opportunities that are accepted by almost half of the aspiring teachers at the college. Nearly 30 licensure programs are available in elementary, secondary and K–12 education, as well as numerous add-on endorsements.

In addition to the rigorous coursework, hands-on work in a variety of settings begins during the sophomore year. Those in the second year will take clinicals in English as a Second Language classrooms, while those in their junior year will teach classes related to their interest as well as participate in service-oriented projects. Seniors spend their student teaching semester in a local school, inner city school or overseas. Through immersion in unique teaching experiences, many graduates of Concordia College have gone on to put their skills to use in New Zealand, Germany and Taiwan, while others have wound up in rural or inner city schools. Some have even gone on to use their education background in the fields of law, business and ministry.

Those who already hold a bachelor's degree can opt for accelerated licensure. Concordia's Accelerated Lane to Licensure in Education (CALLEd) requires two semesters and one summer of study. Students accumulate at least 600 hours of hands-on experience during the accelerated program, which prepares them for licensure in Minnesota or North Dakota. A smaller student-to-teacher ratio of 11-to-1 means even more personal attention, which can be great to help students keep their accelerated courses on track. CALLEd is available through distance learning as well as in person classes.

Those seeking graduate studies can opt for the Master of Education in World Language Instruction. This program allows students to take what they learn and apply it immediately to their classrooms. Two years of study are expected, and many of the courses can be taken online. In addition to financial aid, degree completion assistance might be available to those who qualify.

26 Carlow University Pittsburgh,PA 95.08 $$$$$ 100% 4 11:1 62% yes yes yes

Students at the College of Learning and Innovation at Carlow University in Pittsburgh enjoy a variety of educational programs to suit their career goals. At the undergraduate level, students can opt for bachelor's degrees in early development and learning, middle level education, secondary education, and special education. Those who choose to major in certain content areas can also gain certification in secondary education, such as those who pursue degrees in mathematics, history, biology, English and chemistry.

Students in the graduate programs in education can choose master's degrees in secondary education, curriculum and instruction and early childhood education. Also available are the master's degrees in special education and early childhood education with Pennsylvania certification. And finally, there is the graduate certificate in online instructional design and technology, which can also be taken online. Other all-online options include the master's with certification in special education (for grades PreK–8 or grades 7–12), as well as the autism spectrum disorders endorsement certificate.

Accelerated degree completion programs allows students to take one evening class per week and complete the rest of their work online, which can help those who have work, family and community obligations. For the teaching semester required of undergraduates, many choose to complete their hours at the Campus School ofCarlow University, where grades PreK–8 are taught. Many students also make good use of the CREATE Lab. Standing for the "Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab," this opportunity allows college students to learn more about the technology available and being taught in classes in Pennsylvania and beyond.

When it comes to financial aid, students will be happy to learn Carlow University is a T.E.A.C.H Scholarship School. Standing for "Teacher Education and Compensation Helps," the program is an umbrella of scholarships dedicated to helping early education teachers complete their coursework and improve their compensation upon graduation.

27 Cairn University-Langhorne Langhorne,PA 95.05 $$$$$ 100% 2 13:1 68% yes yes yes

Students in the School of Education at Cairn University study both the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching through six major fields of study and four minors on the bachelor's level. Undergraduate students can choose from programs in elementary and early childhood education, music education, health and physical education, and secondary mathematics, social studies or English. Minors include instruction in education, special education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. International and urban specializations are also available.

Each program focuses not only on the education principles and practical matters, but on seeing those necessities through the Biblical worldview that infuses all courses at Cairn University-Langhorne. Field instruction takes students out into the local community to work directly with schools for one-on-one tutoring and integration of educational theory techniques learned in the classroom; that's not including the required field instruction for student teachers that occurs at the end of their senior year. Education programs are accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International.

Students can also choose to enter the dual-level program, which awards them the bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in a teaching discipline. Current options include master's degrees in education, special education (instruction) and special education (Applied Behavior Analysis). Students can earn their master's degree along with any of the six majors at the bachelor's level, as well as the bachelor's in Bible Studies in those six levels. It's important to note that the master's programs available through dual-level study are offered through online learning. Earning both degrees can take as little as five years.

Though there are no online options for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees through the School of Education are delivered online. Online courses can range from seven weeks to 14 weeks, and taking more than one at a time can reduce the completion time down to 28 months. Current work experience can often substitute for the field experience requirement, thus allowing students to continue working in their current jobs while earning the hours necessary for graduation.

28 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit,MI 95.02 $$$$$ 99% 1 10:1 57% yes yes yes

The largest and most comprehensive Catholic university in the state of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy offers over 100 academic degrees through seven schools. The College of Liberal Arts and Education offers five undergraduate programs for those pursuing a career in education: elementary education, social studies education, special education for the emotionally impaired and special education for the learning disabled, as well as the non-degree teacher education program. Students who take the English program can also choose a concentration in secondary education.

Five graduate programs are also available. These include those in curriculum and instruction—including teacher certification, if desired—educational administration, special education for learning disabilities, or special education for the emotionally impaired and behaviorally disordered. Endorsements in secondary education, special education and elementary education are also an option.

Students in any of these education programs can opt for a unique learning model that includes classroom time, online learning and field experience. University of Detroit Mercy was the first teacher preparation program in the state to work with Michigan Virtual University to provide students with teaching experience in an online classroom environment. Students are expected to complete between 80 and 100 hours of field service before they begin their student teaching semester. Students in the bachelor's programs must complete between 126 and 153 credit hours to complete the program—the amount of credits depends upon their major, minor and concentrations.

Those who have already earned their bachelor's degree and wish to become licensed to teach can enter the non-degree preparation programs. These programs prepare students for licensure as elementary or secondary school teachers. The program allows for part-time study, including late afternoon or evening courses, with the exception of the 15-week student teaching requirement. Teacher programs at University of Detroit Mercy are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

29 Cedar Crest College Allentown,PA 95.00 $$$$$ 97% 1 10:1 60% yes yes yes

With an impressive 10-1 student-faculty ratio and a suburban, park-like setting in eastern Pennsylvania, Cedar Crest College stands poised to offer students the best of two worlds: a small college and big educational options. Aspiring educators can choose from numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Education Department, including bachelor's programs in early childhood education or secondary education. Special education certification is available as well. Those with an eye toward graduate school can opt for the master's of education, which allows three concentrations: art of teaching, early childhood education and secondary certification.

Students in any of these programs can expect enhanced coursework, seasoned faculty, strong partnerships with local school districts and a wealth of pre-teaching and student teaching experiences. Most alumni of the Cedar Crest College programs wind up teaching hands-on in a variety of public, private and charter schools, whether as full-time, part-time or substitute teachers. Some graduates choose to pursue their master's degree at Cedar Crest, or opt for the reading specialist certificate before moving into the wider world of education.

The Master of Education degree is also offered as a dual degree, with either early childhood education or secondary education as the undergraduate program. Students who want to obtain a dual degree must complete the application during the first semester of their junior year; coursework for the master's degree begins during the second semester of their junior year, and some summer coursework will be required as well. Keep in mind that hybrid, accelerated and online courses are possible for the dual degree, as well as any other program in the education department.

Cedar Crest College holds several memberships, including the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

30 Valparaiso University Valparaiso,IN 94.98 $$$$$ 96% 1 13:1 70% yes yes no

Students at Valparaiso University enjoy a teaching department that prepares them to educate in both public and private schools, especially those that are affiliated with a church. In addition to the Lutheran foundations, Valparaiso offers more than 70 majors for undergraduates and 40 graduate or doctoral programs, including numerous programs in the education department.

Options for the bachelor's degree in education include programs in elementary education and secondary education. Students in the elementary education program work closely with an advisor to ensure they are taking the appropriate courses in the right order, thus making it easier to work from a strong educational foundation as they move through the years of study. Students will meet the education requirements as well as the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) minor, or a REPA content area major. The secondary education program requires students to complete the education major as well as a major in another department; for instance, a student might major in education and mathematics in order to prepare for work as a math teacher. Both bachelor's programs allow students to add a special education minor to their curriculum. At this time, Valparaiso does not offer fully online programs for undergraduate studies in education, but does offer online courses.

Valparaiso offers a special degree program for those who want to work as math teachers. Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development (MSEED)scholars earn their bachelor of science degree in a field that interests them, participate in a paid internship, enjoy immersion in student teaching and earn their teaching license, all within a four-year period. MSEED is a highly competitive program, not only because of the prestige it carries, but because of the high value scholarships given to each MSEED scholar.

Three graduate programs are available for those who want to take their studies even further. The Master of Education for Licensed Teachers allows teachers to add a content area to their license. The school psychologist degree allows students to earn their Master of Education and their education specialist degrees over the course of a three-year program. And the Master of Education in Humane Education, with numerous concentrations to choose from, is available to students who prefer to study online. Initial licensure programs are also available for those who have already completed their bachelor's degree.

31 Saint Ambrose University Davenport,IA 94.98 $$$$$ 99% 3 10:1 61% yes yes yes

St. Ambrose University, located in bucolic Davenport, Iowa, offers numerous educational perks, such as dedicated faculty, a comfortable 20 students in the average class, strong participation in initiatives for veterans, and opportunities to succeed in anything from the bachelor's to the doctorate. Students in the education department can choose from bachelor's degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, art or music education. Those seeking a graduate experience can find it with the Master of Early Childhood Education or the Master of Educational Administration.

Students in the bachelor's degree programs at St. Ambrose will not only face rigorous coursework, but will enjoy hands-on student teaching at local schools, including the Accredited Children's Campus, which serves up to 70 children of all abilities from six weeks to six years old. The Reading Clinic, open during the academic year at Adam's Elementary School, provides students a place to work with lesson plans, testing and evaluation. Students who want to try something a bit more far-flung can do so through international study programs.

The Bachelor of Education degree is designed for those who have already earned their bachelor's or master's degree, and thus have their general education requirements met. This allows them to focus on the content areas that interest them. Students in this program will focus on core education courses, as well as the student teaching requirements, and wind up prepared to earn the Iowa teaching license.

Regardless of whether students choose the bachelor's or master's programs, they can enjoy some flexibility, thanks to online learning. Though Saint Ambrose doesn't offer fully online programs in education, the school does offer a wealth of online courses that can be used to make a student's schedule easier to handle. Student teaching does happen in Iowa, at an approved school that is local to the college in the Davenport area.

32 Loras College Dubuque,IA 94.96 $$$$$ 100% 1 12:1 61% yes yes no

Students seeking a liberal arts education that holds Catholic traditions dear might enjoy Loras College, a small institution in Dubuque, Iowa. Students enjoy small class sizes, service learning projects and over 40 majors of study, including those in education. Teacher education programs include those in early childhood development, elementary education, secondary education, and instructional strategies (special education). Students can also turn to the education department for secondary licensure, ensuring they can complete their degree in the content area that matters most to them, and then add on the required courses and field work toward licensure in the state of Iowa.

Aspiring teachers must declare their major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year; this helps them avoid unnecessarily burdensome class schedules during the last two years. Foundation courses and a basic skills test are usually completed before the application is submitted. Students must enter the program with a 2.75 minimum GPA and maintain that level throughout their program. Ethical conduct is also very important; students must consistently demonstrate good conduct in all aspects, but especially in those concerning drugs, alcohol or child safety.

Teacher education will be completed during the final semester of the senior year. Since this is a full-time commitment, no courses will be taken that final semester, with the exception of the capstone or portfolio courses. Students will complete anywhere from 80–100 hours of field experience, minimum, to advance to qualification for licensure. Loras College works closely with numerous schools in the local area to provide students with a strong teaching opportunity in the community. Loras College does not offer online bachelor's degree programs in education at this time.

The teacher programs at Loras College are approved by the State of Iowa. The college holds membership in the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; the school itself holds institution accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

33 Duquesne University Pittsburgh,PA 94.93 $$$$$ 99% 2 13:1 76% yes yes yes

A stone's throw from Pittsburgh, Duquesne University is one of the nation's top Catholic universities. The school's dedication to educational excellence, diversity, moral values and service to fellow man is evident in every program, including those in education. The School of Education has prepared teachers for over 85 years, and now offers everything from certificates to doctoral degrees. All programs at the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor's degree students can choose from six programs that focus on early, middle and secondary education. In secondary education, students can choose from four concentrations: English, Latin, mathematics and social studies. Ambitious students who want to take their learning even further can opt for one of three dual degree programs: the bachelor's in biological science, chemistry or physics, combined with the Master of Education in Secondary Education.

Students can expect to complete rigorous coursework that requires dedication; in fact, students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA overall, as well as in the major, to be allowed to enter the student teaching phase. Students can request placement in one of five regions around Pittsburgh; however, student teaching coordinators will make the final decision, usually based on where a student lives.

While on campus, students will enjoy a wealth of opportunities designed to enhance their educational experience and broaden their social consciousness. The Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice aims to help students become more ethical leaders. The Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative encourages students to make a commitment to improving urban education. And the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice helps students learn to navigate the sometimes emotional waters of social justice through strong leadership in education.

It is important to note that there are no undergraduate education programs available online at this time; however, students pursuing a graduate degree can choose from five online programs in the department, including the master's in educational studies, higher education administration or instructional technology, the EdD in instructional technology and leadership, and the online teacher endorsement.

34 Georgetown College Georgetown,KY 94.90 $$$$$ 100% 2 10:1 57% yes yes no

With an average class size of 13, taught mostly by professors who have earned terminal degrees, Georgetown College provides a challenging educational atmosphere for students from across the globe. Education ranks as one of the most popular departments at the school. The Education Corollary Major, which allows students to study in their content area while simultaneously preparing them to teach at the middle or high school levels, is one of the most sought-after programs in the department.

The program allows for one of ten majors—including biology, chemistry, math, physics, political science, sociology, history, English, Spanish and art. Those who choose the Spanish or art degrees can earn certification that covers all grades. For all others, certification covers grades 8–12, but can be expanded to grades 5–12 through the addition of a few key courses. 32 hours are required for the education major in addition to the content area major. Those seeking 5–12 certification must complete 31 hours in the education majors in addition to their content area major as well as specific emphasis classes within the teaching discipline.

Other options are also available at the undergraduate level, including those in elementary education, child development, European studies and more. Some, like the program in elementary education, result in a bachelor's degree. Others, like the program in child development, result in a minor—however, students can create an interdisciplinary child development major with the help of an advisor.

Though there are no online options for bachelor's degrees at Georgetown College, there are numerous graduate degrees available in education, all of which are delivered online. Most of the programs are completed within 20 months. Programs at Georgetown College are accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

35 Mercer University Macon,GA 94.86 $$$$$ 99% 1 13:1 59% yes yes yes

Founded in the early 18th century, Mercer University in Georgia is known for a robust community presence, providing service to others and a strong liberal arts education that prepares graduates to take a service-minded attitude to their various professions. At the Tift College of Education, undergraduate students have numerous options for study, including four on campus bachelor's programs in Macon—those in music education, early childhood/special education, middle grades education and secondary education—as well as 13 bachelor's and master's degrees in education available at campuses in Atlanta, Douglas and Henry. Though no bachelor's degrees are available through online learning, students can opt for numerous certificates and master's degrees through virtual classes. These include endorsements in English as a Second Language, autism, K–5 math, K–5 science, reading and STEM.

Most bachelor's degree programs at Mercer University take about 128 credit hours to complete, including general education, pedagogy studies and content area courses. Field experiences are also required throughout the time spent in the bachelor's program. Endorsement programs are for those who already have a bachelor's degree or hold a level four or higher certificate. These programs are entirely online and usually take nine credits; there is also a hands-on component that must be completed for graduation.

All students in the Tift College of Education take courses and programs that reflect the "Transforming Educator," a conceptual framework designed to prepare students to contribute to society not only through the act and art of teaching, but through sharing their knowledge, skills and character as well. To that end, students will have the opportunity to work with many outreach initiatives, such as the Autism Symposium, Advancement of Education in the Dominican Republic, and the Ricks Institute in Liberia.

Those who study on campus or online have access to a wealth of resources through Mercer University, including the Academic Resource Center, GALILEO tutorials, an online writing lab, lesson plan templates, assistance with the Canvas learning program, and career services, just to name a few.

36 Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia,PA 94.85 $$$$$ 100% 4 13:1 79% yes yes yes

At Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, students receive a liberal arts education strongly rooted in Jesuit Catholic traditions. The educational model encompasses not only a thorough education but also focuses on personal growth, including high achievement, deeper understanding, strong reasoning, good communication skills and development of strong moral character.

The Department of Teacher Education at the College of Arts and Sciences prepares students to become teachers and leaders. Five undergraduate majors are available, including those in early childhood, early childhood and special education, elementary and middle school, art and secondary education. Students can also choose from five master's degrees and numerous graduate certificates—many of those certificates can be taken online.

For adult learners, a few bachelor's degrees are available through flexible scheduling, including online options. These include programs in elementary education PreK–4, as well as the autism concentration in the general studies program. Though the elementary education program is mostly online, there are several hands-on elements that must be completed at Saint Joseph's University. The autism concentration, however, can be finished entirely online.

To enter the bachelor's programs, students must have completed at least 48 credit hours, have a GPA of at least 2.8 overall, have completed certain prerequisite courses, such as six credits in mathematics, and meet basic skills testing requirements.

In addition to the rigorous coursework expected of the bachelor's programs in education, students will also engage in a full-time, 14-week field placement. This student teaching experience, combined with maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher throughout the program and passing the required Praxis exams will prepare students to apply for Pennsylvania level one teaching certifications.

Those who choose to take their education further can engage in the Alliance for Catholic Education at St. Joseph's University, a two-year service program that places graduates in underserved Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia or the Archdiocese of Camden while pursuing their master's degree at partner schools.

37 Harding University Searcy,AR 94.83 $$$$$ 96% 12 16:1 62% yes yes no

Located in the small town of Searcy, Arkansas—but only about 50 miles from Little Rock—Harding University is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The Cannon-Clary College of Education offers many options for undergraduate students, including degree programs in elementary education, secondary education, birth through kindergarten, middle level education, and K–12 education. Programs through the Cannon-Clary College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Students who choose the bachelor's degree must meet strenuous requirements for entry into the education program, including an overall GPA of 2.7 or greater, completion of numerous prerequisite courses with a "C" or better, and minimum scores on the Praxis CORE test, or SAT scores that stand in for the Praxis score. For graduation, students must earn at least 45 upper level hours and 128 overall hours. Students must also complete at least eight hours of textual Bible classes and student teaching, which can be complete during either the first or second semester of the senior year.

More than a dozen graduate degrees are available for aspiring teachers and administrators, as well as twelve separate endorsements. Studies at this level are wide-ranging, including everything from master's in curriculum and instruction, professional school counseling, educational leadership to dyslexia, gifted and talented, or curriculum specialist or principal licensure endorsements. Master's programs typically require around 35 hours, which must be completed within six to eight years after admission, depending upon the program. Some endorsements, such as the Dyslexia Endorsement, Reading Program, are offered entirely online, while others are in a hybrid format.

Students at Harding University can expect to take their education well beyond the college and local community. Almost 40 percent of each graduating class has spent a semester studying abroad at one of Harding University's international campuses, exploring places like Zambia, Africa, Brisbane, Australia, and Athens, Greece.

38 Northwestern College Orange City,IA 94.80 $$$$$ 100% 2 13:1 63% yes yes no

Northwestern College in Iowa has a few unique facts to tout—chief among them, the fact that 99 percent of graduates landed jobs or started graduate school within six months of their graduation. That includes students who graduated from the education department. The department is only one of four in the state of Iowa that is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, meaning that students educated here are prepared to become immediately certified in most states.

At the undergraduate level, students can choose from programs in elementary or secondary education. Students in the secondary education program must complete the major courses in education as well as choose a major content area, such as art, business education, chemistry, biology, English, mathematics, music, history, physical education, psychology or Spanish. This typically takes 41 upper-level credits to complete and results in students prepared to teach at the middle school or high school level. Those in elementary education focus on a variety of content areas as well as finish the education courses required for all student teachers; the result is a program that requires between 58 and 86 hours to complete.

Students can also choose from well over a dozen endorsements that enhance their career prospects, such as programs in music teaching, reading or instructional strategy. Several of those endorsements, such as the early childhood education endorsement, are available online for those who hold or are eligible to hold certification in elementary or secondary education, depending upon the endorsement requirements. Endorsements vary in their requirements and credit hours expected; for example, the elementary endorsement in basic science requires completion of 27 to 31 credits, while the birth through grade three inclusive settings endorsement requires 40 hours.

Those seeking a graduate degree can opt for the Master of Education. Options include programs in early childhood, early childhood plus endorsement, special education, master teacher and teacher leadership. The master's program can be taken entirely online and is usually completed within two years. Students can also complete their Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood online, provided they are coming into the program with a minimum of an associate degree. The hands-on experience is tailored to the student and can often be completed within the current workplace; however, the program does not lead to a teaching license.

39 Gallaudet University Washington,DC 94.79 $$$$$ 88% 2 6:1 48% yes yes yes

A very unique institution of higher learning, Gallaudet University is the world's only university that was designed to break down barriers for deaf or hard of hearing students. That means that every student—no matter their ability to hear—will be immersed in sign language, lip reading and other technique that make life easier. As a result, education majors can expect to graduate with a strong knowledge of various communication skills that can be an enormous help and comfort to their students.

The Department of Education at Gallaudet University is poised to help students earn their undergraduate or graduate degree while incorporating the elements that make the institution so unique. Students who pursue the bachelor's degree in education can choose from programs in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education. Content areas for the secondary education degree include science, English, mathematics or social studies.

For any teacher education program, students must maintain a 2.75 minimum GPA with a "B" or higher in all education courses. Field experience is required of up to 100 clock hours; this is in addition to the student teaching requirement. Each program prepares students for licensure and work in public schools in the Washington, D.C. area. All courses at Gallaudet University are English and American Sign Language bilingual, allowing an opportunity for all students to engage fully in the classroom experience.

Students who complete the undergraduate program and want to expand their educational foundation can do so with the Master of Arts in Deaf Education. This unique program takes about one year to complete, including summer courses and student teaching placement. Graduates can then earn their licensure in deaf education. Many other master's programs and graduate certificates in deaf education are available as well, including those that focus on early childhood, elementary and secondary education.

Finally, some online programs are available through Gallaudet, including the master's in advanced education studies and the sign language education in hybrid format. Certificates in ASL/English bilingual early childhood education and educating deaf Students with disabilities are also available online.

40 Buena Vista University Storm Lake,IA 94.79 $$$$$ 99% 2 9:1 53% yes yes yes

With a small student-faculty ratio of 9-to-1, financial assistance for all students and a 96 percent employment/grad school rate six months after graduation, Buena Vista University in Iowa is a solid place to begin an educational pursuit. The robust School of Education offers cutting edge technology for those who want to learn to teach others, including SMART boards, 3D printers, and strategically-placed tables and monitors to facilitate group work.

Numerous bachelor's degree options are available in education, including elementary, secondary and special education. Endorsements added onto these programs can allow graduates to reach a wider young audience. In some cases, endorsements are already embedded in the major; for instance, the elementary education major comes along with the reading endorsement. Those in the secondary education major can choose from 21 different content majors, including those in history, communication studies, psychology, and social science.

Buena Vista University is one of the few schools to offer the Educational Studies program, which provides a theoretical background to better understand various approaches to learning and teaching. Students can combine this major with another, which allows them to take the path toward educational licensure or engage in broader options, such as programs that will set them up well for graduate programs in education and related fields.

Though there are no bachelor's education programs offered online, the school does offer master's degrees in education as well as education endorsements through virtual learning.

In addition to the student teaching required of those seeking licensure, students can participate in a wealth of activities that bring them closer to students in their community and beyond. BV Buddies is a mentoring program that pairs students up with children in the local area. Student MOVE focuses on service programs and events that invite a closer bond with those in the greater university community. And students can look forward to teaching options that might take them across the world, thus providing them with a diverse, educational global experience.

41 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus,OH 94.79 $$$$$ 79% 2 19:1 83% yes yes no

Famous on the national scene for robust sports programs, Ohio State University is much more than athletics. The College of Education was established in 1895, while the College of Human Ecology was established in 1896; the two combined in 2006 to create the College of Education and Human Ecology. Today the college offers 18 undergraduate degree programs, 19 graduate programs and 19 endorsement and license-only programs. Within the College, the Department of Educational Studies focuses on programs of great use to school administrators on every level, while the Department of Teaching and Learning prepares students to become hands-on teachers.

The Bachelor of Science in Education is offered with numerous majors. These include programs in child development, foreign language, middle childhood, science and mathematics, and more. All of these competitive programs lead to qualification for licensure in the state of Ohio, with the exception of the non-licensure child and youth studies. In addition to the rigorous, thorough coursework required for licensure in the state, students will also undergo many field placements before their student teaching opportunities. These hands-on teaching experiences will take place not only in schools, but in areas around the local community as well.

Students seeking a higher degree can opt for the Master of Education program, a one-year accelerated program that provides eight options, including those in sensory impairments and inclusion and literature for children and young adults. The Master of Arts in Education does not lead to licensure. Finally, students can choose the terminal degrees of Education Specialist or Doctor of Philosophy, each of which offers seven concentrations

Though many online courses are available at Ohio State, the only fully online programs in the education department are the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education, as well as the Master of Learning Technologies.

42 Hamline University Saint Paul,MN 94.78 $$$$$ 99% 4 13:1 66% yes yes yes

Founded in 1854, Hamline University is the first institution of higher learning established in Minnesota and the only Methodist university in the state. The School of Education has many pathways to prepare students for a life of teaching others. Those working on their bachelor's degree can opt for the accelerated Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program which culminates in a teaching license. Those who already have their bachelor's degree can pursue master's programs in a variety of areas in education, many of which are offered online. Students seeking something even more in-depth can opt for administrative licensure as well as the PhD program in education.

The Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program culminates in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students choose their liberal arts curriculum in whatever content majors they prefer, then concurrently major in education, thus preparing them for the licensure they seek. Students will eventually choose between elementary or secondary teaching; fortunately, they will have a great deal of experience to help lead their choice, as they will complete almost 100 hours of classroom experience before they reach the student teaching phase of the program.

Though there are numerous student teaching opportunities in the area—including at Hancock Elementary School, located conveniently across the street—students also have the option of taking their program out into the wider world through the Hamline Overseas Student Teaching Program. Whether at home or in a far-flung country, students can take advantage of the Hamline Education Club, which serves as a powerful resource for students interested in educational issues beyond the classroom.

Though students in the undergraduate program can choose to take some courses online, there is no bachelor's program offered online for education. However, the master's degree in ESL is available fully online, while the MAED: Natural Science and Environmental Education is offered in a hybrid format. Over 15 certificate programs are offered through blended programs as well.

43 Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon,WI 94.78 $$$$$ 99% 8 12:1 56% yes yes yes

One of Concordia University's goals is to use Christian faith to inspire students to do more, leading to higher quality careers through hard work and education. Many of their students do this by taking advantage of local opportunities. Based in Mequon, Wisconsin, Concordia is near the metropolis of Milwaukee, along with a number of smaller cities and towns in the area. Students studying toward a degree in education find that there are plenty of opportunities for them to gain real-world experience.

In terms of the number of programs offered, there are not many schools better than Concordia. There are a total of 15 different bachelor's degrees in education, ranging from normal degrees like bachelor's in secondary education to more niche options like K–12 business education. From there, students may be able to focus their degree even further through concentrations and specializations. For example, a student that's studying toward a bachelor's degree in early childhood education can specialize or minor in one of 20 different areas. This gives them a competitive edge over other applicants that are looking to get a job in a similar field. Also, these types of specializations are necessary to get some jobs, such as those offered at private schools. All of the bachelor's degree programs require in-class experience, so they must take place on campus. However, by the time they earn their undergraduate degree, students will be prepared to begin a career as a teacher.

Students that want to continue their education can choose from the three graduate certificate programs and the 16 master's degree programs. The majority of these lead to licensure, the only way some jobs become available. All of these programs are designed for teachers who have professional experience, but it isn't required for all the programs. Also, some of the graduate programs are offered entirely online, allowing teachers to continue working while earning their certification or degree.

44 Bethel College-Indiana Mishawaka,IN 94.74 $$$$$ 98% 1 12:1 65% yes yes yes

Located in the busy area of Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College is a small school of just 1,650 traditional students. Their small size allows them to focus more on their traditional students, resulting in a strong education. Also, this small size allows Bethel to create more unique programs, offering students the chance to get real-world experience earlier on in their college career.

Anyone who wants to study toward a bachelor's degree in education may be interested in the way Bethel has crafted their curriculum. To give students early exposure, field work begins in students' freshman year. The faculty at Bethel has formed close bonds with local schools and teachers, so they make it easier for students to find the right opportunity. There are also plenty of on campus opportunities to get experience, such as their unique kindergarten lab.

There are eight total bachelor's degrees in education offered at Bethel, all of which use the same base courses and have similar requirements. The three main areas students can focus in are secondary, elementary and early childhood education. Secondary and elementary degrees lead to licensure, but it's important to note that a bachelor's degree in early childhood education at Bethel does not lead to licensure.

For graduate students that prefer to study in a non-traditional way, the master's of education is offered entirely online. The courses in this program come in 7-week formats, and there are six sessions per year. In total, students will have to earn 36 total credit hours to graduate with the master's of education. Because this is an online program, teachers studying toward the degree can work at their own pace, allowing them to also focus on their current job. Along with the master's of education, students can earn a master's in teaching or school administration licensure, designed to help move teachers into an administrative role.

45 Andrews University Berrien Springs,MI 94.73 $$$$$ 98% 4 9:1 60% yes yes yes

Andrews University is a diverse institution that attracts minds from across the world. The diversity at the school has played a role in developing their current curriculum, created with the global community in mind. To further foster the sense of global engagement, Andrews encourages students to spend a semester to a year abroad. Most students can study abroad and still be on pace to graduate in the traditional four years.

To ensure that students have specialization upon graduating, Andrews requires that all students studying toward a bachelor's degree in education also study toward a minor. However, this is easier than it sounds for either of the bachelor's degree programs. For students earning a bachelor's in elementary education, a planned program minor is required to graduate. This minor is specifically geared toward educating teachers how to create their instructions around specific topics and fields. For the bachelor's in secondary education, students have many more options. First, students aren't required to earn a bachelor's in education—instead, they can earn a bachelor's degree in their desired field, such as biology or social studies, and earn secondary certification, enabling them to teach. Second, students have many more options when it comes to picking a minor. There are plenty of ways for students to earn a unique education through the secondary education program. Both of these programs also require students to work in a classroom setting, and to earn a degree must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.

After earning a bachelor's degree, students can pick from one of the different graduate degrees and certificates. The majority of these are offered entirely online, but some degrees that lead to certification (like the master's in special education) require some on campus education. There are also options for current teachers that are interested in moving into administrative roles, including becoming a principal or superintendent.

46 Dominican University River Forest,IL 94.72 $$$$$ 100% 4 11:1 63% yes yes yes

While it is founded on Dominican Catholic tradition, Dominican University educates its students to have an open mind for all traditions. This emphasis is part of their well-rounded education, something that separates Dominican graduates from other private schools in the Midwest. Also, thanks to its location near downtown Chicago, Dominican has a variety of opportunities for students to gain real-world and professional experience.

There are four different ways for students to earn an education degree at Dominican. There are three traditional bachelor's degree fields—elementary education, early childhood education and special education—as well secondary education, which can take on different forms. Instead of studying through the school of education, secondary education majors will earn a degree in their desired field while completing the necessary courses and prerequisites to become certified as a teacher. All of the programs require students to work as a student teacher, and thanks to their proximity to Chicago, there are nearly endless options. Some students can even use this time to focus on teaching in bilingual classrooms, and they can earn an additional ESL endorsement on top of their degree.

For students that already know they'll want to continue their education toward a master's degree, the combined bachelor's and master's program is the way to go. This six-year program is meant for students that want to teach special education. While the program may seem lengthy, it does also lead to an endorsement as a learning behavior specialist. Prior to starting the program, students will pick an undergraduate major related to the field. When they begin their senior year, they're eligible to start taking graduate level courses, as well as fulfill student teaching requirements. Upon earning their advanced degree in special education, students will have all the experience, licensure and endorsements necessary to begin their career.

47 DeSales University Center Valley,PA 94.70 $$$$$ 100% 1 13:1 70% yes yes yes

Affordability is one of the largest concerns incoming college students have. It isn't as big of a concern for students at DeSales University, however, as 96 percent of all full-time students receive some type of financial aid. Located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, DeSales is one of the top regional schools in the area—and not just because of its affordability. They value leadership and quality education, and they go so far as to give six full-tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership.

There is one main undergraduate degree in education at DeSales: a bachelor's in early childhood education. This degree track leads to certification to teach Pre-K–4 in Pennsylvania, as well as other select states. On top of the required 190 hours of field experience needed to graduate, students can gain extra experience through DeSales study abroad program. There are multiple programs abroad offered to education students, and they can study abroad for a semester while staying on track to graduate in the traditional four years.

Students that want to become teachers at the high school level don't have many major options—however, they can minor in secondary education. The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) allows students to earn certification in their academic field. Extra education courses are required along with a semester of student teaching that students can complete the final semester of their senior year or through one additional semester of study.

One program that's unique to DeSales is their pre-professional track toward becoming a high school biology teachers. This program prepares students for education beyond just their undergraduate, and students can even begin taking some graduate level classes during their studies. Becoming certified as a secondary school teacher is just one of the outcomes of this track, and students can always go back to earn a graduate degree in a biology-related field to change careers or advance their teaching career.

48 Hannibal-LaGrange University Hannibal,MO 94.67 $$$$$ 87% 4 11:1 61% yes yes yes

While Hannibal-LaGrange University has been open for 150 years, they only began offering four-year programs just three decades ago. Despite the relative infancy of their four-year programs, they've found an area to teach students where they have excelled—education.

There is no shortage of education options at HLGU. There are bachelor's degree options that lead to certification in the K–12 range, with some focusing closer on specific years. For example, students can study toward a bachelor's in secondary education with a focus on instrumental music, but earn certification to teach K–12. A similar degree—the bachelor's in secondary education with a focus on speech and theatre—leads to certification for grades 9–12.

Generally speaking, there are only four specific undergraduate degrees in education offered at HLGU: early childhood, elementary, middle school and secondary education. Because of the vast number of certifications offered by the school, students can specialize these degrees, making it easier to begin a professional career in their desired field.

Students in the teaching program at HLGU will also be required to get real-world experience by studying in the field. There are plenty of teaching opportunities in Missouri, and HLGU does an excellent job of helping students gain experience in the field and level in which they're interested.

Along with the bachelor's in education degrees, there are three master's degrees in education offered at HLGU, two of which are entirely online. These programs are mostly for current teachers who want to specialize further or switch fields. The two online programs—the master's in leadership and master's in science education—build upon previous teaching experience, while the master's in education administration can help current teacher switch into an administrative role at any academic level. The master's in education administration can also be narrowed further, with tracks in elementary principalship and secondary principalship.

49 Baker University Baldwin City,KS 94.67 $$$$$ 100% 2 12:1 52% yes yes yes

While a quality education is important for getting a better job, college should also prepare students to get some of the highest paying jobs available. Baker University places an emphasis on preparing students for their career through their college degree. One of the top schools in Kansas, Baker graduates go on to have successful careers, both in nearby Kansas City and in areas across the country.

Following the goals set by the institution, graduates of the education program at Baker have a history of success. 98.6 percent of all graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of earning their degree. On top of that, most years see all students end up in a professional role or continuing their education within three months of graduating.

There are multiple bachelor's degrees offered in education, all set in either the K–6, 5–8 or 6–12 grade ranges. The middle and secondary level can be further specialized through different areas of study and certification. Regardless of which degree students choose, Baker requires students to earn hands-on experience in the classroom prior to graduating. Most of these opportunities are in the Kansas City area, so education majors will have access to a diverse range of schools.

Many Baker graduates go on to continue their education by studying toward a master's degree. The main program offered at Baker, the master's in education, is available both on campus and entirely online. This 36-credit hour program is designed to help teachers become leaders in their area while also becoming better educators. Because the program is primarily online, current teachers can retain their jobs while studying toward this degree. The master's in education can lead to higher paying positions, and graduates often note that they can immediately apply what they're learning to their current classroom.

50 Gannon University Erie,PA 94.66 $$$$$ 93% 2 12:1 64% yes yes no

Located just a few hours from major urban areas like Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Gannon University does an excellent job of preparing their graduates for careers. They do so by using their large alumni organization and with attentive instruction to each student. Gannon has a small 13-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing each student more individual attention.

Gannon's education program prepares students to take and pass professional exams. Of the four exam areas offered for future educators, three were passed by all of Gannon's test takers, and the fourth was passed by 94 percent of students. Prior to taking any of these exams, students will major in one of six different areas. Depending on what students want to teach, the major they pick is important. For example, students can earn bachelor's degree in early childhood education or they can earn a bachelor's in early childhood education and special education. This distinction leads to additional certification, and it leads to more career options. It is worth noting that two of the education programs at Gannon are offered as associate degrees. These degrees are meant for students that already have a bachelor's degree or some college experience, reducing the time it takes to become certified as a teacher. However, this option is only available for students that want to study early childhood education. Anyone looking to earn a degree in middle level education, secondary education or a hybrid program with special education must study for four years.

Current teachers who have already earned a bachelor's degree in education may be interested in one of the online certificate programs offered by Gannon. The two popular options are the principal PreK–12 and superintendent certificates. Both of these are for current teachers who want to move their career forward. For teachers that don't want to leave the classroom, an ESL certificate and reading and writing certificate are available as well. Because all of these certificates are entirely online, teachers can continue working while earning their new certification.

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Rank University Location Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % Total Programs Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Placement Services Counseling Services Credit for Experience
1 Pitt Community College Winterville,NC 99.81 $$$$$ 11% 2 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
2 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro,KY 99.42 $$$$$ 4% 2 13:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
3 Somerset Community College Somerset,KY 98.76 $$$$$ 8% 2 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
4 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor,MI 98.63 $$$$$ 14% 2 19:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
5 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga,TN 98.60 $$$$$ 9% 2 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
6 Bunker Hill Community College Boston,MA 98.60 $$$$$ 1% 2 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
7 Lakeland Community College Kirtland,OH 98.48 $$$$$ 13% 3 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
8 Southern Union State Community College Wadley,AL 98.43 $$$$$ 32% 3 23:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
9 Hillsborough Community College Tampa,FL 98.43 $$$$$ 9% 2 23:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
10 Galveston College Galveston,TX 98.42 $$$$$ 30% 2 15:1 N/A Yes Yes No
11 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff,NE 98.22 $$$$$ 60% 1 15:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
12 Columbus State Community College Columbus,OH 98.18 $$$$$ 20% 2 19:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
13 Western Wyoming Community College Rock Springs,WY 97.46 $$$$$ 39% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
14 North Arkansas College Harrison,AR 97.36 $$$$$ 32% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
15 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome,GA 96.89 $$$$$ N/A 2 19:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
16 Tulsa Community College Tulsa,OK 96.85 $$$$$ 39% 1 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
17 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington,NC 96.73 $$$$$ 9% 1 13:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
18 Sinclair College Dayton,OH 96.72 $$$$$ 28% 1 15:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
19 South Arkansas Community College El Dorado,AR 96.64 $$$$$ 4% 1 14:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
20 Southeast Arkansas College Pine Bluff,AR 96.63 $$$$$ 4% 1 14:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
21 Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown,MD 96.24 $$$$$ 17% 2 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
22 Community College of Denver Denver,CO 96.13 $$$$$ 9% 2 25:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
23 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland,KY 95.99 $$$$$ 6% 2 15:1 N/A Yes Yes No
24 Northeast Community College Norfolk,NE 95.95 $$$$$ 38% 1 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
25 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green,KY 95.93 $$$$$ 5% 1 15:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
26 Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland,KY 95.89 $$$$$ 7% 1 14:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
27 Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland,OH 95.88 $$$$$ 2% 2 21:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
28 West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling,WV 95.72 $$$$$ 15% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
29 Southeast Community College Lincoln,NE 95.63 $$$$$ 47% 1 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
30 Owens Community College Perrysburg,OH 95.62 $$$$$ 12% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
31 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno,NV 95.55 $$$$$ 22% 1 19:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
32 Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington,WV 95.54 $$$$$ 12% 1 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
33 Roane State Community College Harriman,TN 95.52 $$$$$ 7% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
34 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia,MS 95.47 $$$$$ 26% 1 23:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
35 Eastern Maine Community College Bangor,ME 95.43 $$$$$ 21% 1 14:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
36 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington,KY 95.41 $$$$$ 2% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
37 Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort,SC 95.33 $$$$$ 9% 2 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
38 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg,SC 95.28 $$$$$ 2% 2 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
39 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire,WI 95.14 $$$$$ 2% 1 12:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
40 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland,WI 95.13 $$$$$ 19% 1 13:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
41 Rhodes State College Lima,OH 95.12 $$$$$ 15% 1 14:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
42 Rend Lake College Ina,IL 95.08 $$$$$ 44% 2 15:1 N/A Yes Yes No
43 SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton,NY 95.02 $$$$$ 14% 2 20:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
44 Lorain County Community College Elyria,OH 94.95 $$$$$ 25% 1 20:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
45 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee,FL 94.87 $$$$$ 13% 1 24:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
46 Lone Star College The Woodlands,TX 94.86 $$$$$ 13% 1 18:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
47 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville,KY 94.81 $$$$$ 1% 1 16:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
48 East Central College Union,MO 94.77 $$$$$ 6% 1 19:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
49 Middlesex Community College Middletown,CT 94.73 $$$$$ 28% 1 17:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
50 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown,NC 94.70 $$$$$ 5% 1 20:1 N/A Yes Yes Yes
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How Do I Find the Best Online Education Program?

When searching for the best online education program, it’s important for students to look for one that is best-suited to fulfill their own ambitions and needs—which may not be the number one spot on rankings. Reviewing course management systems and other aspects of online learning can help you decide what works best for you. For example, some students may desire a hybrid program with some face-to-face interaction with their professors, while other students simply may not have the availability to attend on-campus classes.

It’s vital that prospective teachers choose an online program that meets the regulations for obtaining licensure in the state they want to teach in, and that students understand how the program accomplishes that goal. Online education degrees that incorporate student teaching are recommended, as most states require some hands-on experience before taking certification exams. Also, choosing a program with abundant and varied courses within education can help you explore the options and tailor your courses to get the schooling you want.

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How Do I Get an Online Degree in Education?

No matter where you envision yourself after graduation—teaching anatomy in a high school science lab, developing a new math curriculum for elementary students, or discussing American literature at the collegiate level—the first step is deciding whether an online degree is the right path to prepare you for the teaching career you ultimately want.

Since many careers in teaching are intensively hands-on, students should be aware that many degrees billed as “online” still involve some in-person components. Because much of the work is remote, however, students may be able to take advantage of specialty courses that would be out of reach in their home geographical area. Consider the following steps when deciding how to organize and execute your educational plan:

Don’t rely on impressions you’ve gotten from your experiences as a student. Before devoting yourself to a teaching career, take the time to discuss the profession with those in the field to get a firsthand account of what’s entailed.

As early as possible, start researching various online programs and schools to see which fit your financial and personal requirements. Take note of course requirements and any obligations to attend class on-campus. Also, ensure the programs are accredited by a reputable agency, as this could affect both your financial aid eligibility and your future employment opportunities.

Apply to schools in the state you ultimately want to work in. This will prepare you for licensure, as each state operates on a different set of criteria, but in-state schools will sync their curricula with state requirements. After narrowing down the contenders, finish the applications.

Depending on your state, an assessment such as the Praxis exam may be required before enrolling and beginning coursework in an education degree program.

Take classes that can benefit your area of concentration, or can help you choose one if you are still undecided.

Determine your area of expertise — orchestra? speech therapy? — and what grade levels you want to teach.

For virtually any job working with students, it’s necessary to complete a fingerprint and background check. If you have student teaching requirements, you’ll likely need to do this before you graduate.

Student teaching is the practical application of learned skills. It typically lasts one to two semesters, during the final year of the program.

Passing a series of exams, such as the Praxis, is necessary to become a teacher. Be aware of which tests you must complete to teach in your region and/or specialty. Allow ample time to study, and go in prepared. Certification tests have associated fees, so a successful first try will save you money.

Receive your test results and complete the certification process in your state.

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What Online Teaching Degrees Are Available?

Prospective and active teachers can earn an online degree in education from the associate on up to the doctoral level, with concentrations in many subjects. At the associate level, teachers learn the basics of early childhood or elementary education, and these graduates can expect to work in preschools and as teaching aides. Online Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in education prepare teachers for the K-12 classroom. These degrees are offered in early childhood, elementary, middle and high school education, and undergraduates can select a concentration in areas such as reading, history, biology, art, English, mathematics or music. Those looking to achieve the next level of expertise in their field can earn a master’s degree and seek employment as assistant professors, school principals or researchers. Often, individuals making a career move to teaching can earn a master’s in education, even if they hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field.

An associate degree in education is typically a two-year commitment, and equips students for entry-level employment or for continuing education. Many students begin their studies at community colleges, which are more affordable than four-year institutions, and then matriculate into a larger university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Those searching for immediate employment can apply for their CDA (Childhood Development Associate) credential.

  • Intro to Early Childhood Education

    Analyzes childcare history, government regulations and current childcare theories and practices.

  • Early Childhood Curriculum

    Develops and examines early childhood lesson plans, teaching methods and strategies for class organization and assessment.

  • Creative Activities for Young Children

    Explores activities and materials which use a creative environment to help develop children’s cognitive, social and emotional responses.

Teaching Programs with an Associate Degree

Preschool Teacher

Job Outlook: 10%

Childcare Worker

Job Outlook: 7%

Teacher Assistant

Job Outlook: 8%

Source: (2016–2026 growth data from BLS)

To teach in a public elementary, middle or high school classroom, a four-year bachelor degree in education is requisite, as well as passing state licensing tests (specifications vary by state). Expect licensing to cost a few hundred dollars.

  • Classroom Management

    Overview of classroom management, including topics such as behavioral issues, health and safety, time management and physical space.

  • Assessment in Elementary Education

    Studies summative and formative classroom assessment agendas and how assessment is appropriately used.

  • Models and Theories of Instruction

    Explores theoretical models of teaching strategies and their effectiveness for students. Examines how to create successful lesson plans for all students.

Teaching Programs with a Bachelor’s Degree

High School Teacher

Job Outlook: 8%

Health Educator

Job Outlook: 16%

Special Education Teacher

Job Outlook: 8%

Source: (2016–2026 growth data from BLS)

An online master’s degree in education takes about two years to complete, with costs varying greatly by institution. A master’s degree unlocks more career opportunities for educators and is often used as the foundation for doctoral studies.

  • Cultural Psychology

    Looks at the connections and interplay of culture and psychology, including environmental influences and the roles of race and power. Examines modern and historical treatments of cultural psychology.

  • Educational Research

    Develops analytical skills to evaluate educational research. Encourages both qualitative and quantitative critiques.

  • Contemporary Issues in Education

    Focuses on current events and issues in education that affect institutions nationwide. Discusses trends and their impact on educational policies.

Teaching Programs with a Master’s Degree

Instructional Coordinator

Job Outlook: 10%

Postsecondary Teacher

Job Outlook: 15%

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal

Job Outlook: 8%

Source: (2016–2026 growth data from BLS)

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How Much Do Teachers Make?

Especially at public institutions, teachers’ salaries are dictated in part by local or state guidelines; however, there are still multiple factors that influence overall pay. Typically, educators at the collegiate level can expect substantially higher incomes than those teaching at the elementary level, and those with specialized training or additional certifications can also expect a higher pay grade. Other important determinants affecting pay include geographic location and experience. On average, teachers receive a salary commensurate with number of years worked in the field.

Occupation Median Annual Salary: Entry-level Median Annual Salary: Mid-level Median Annual Salary: Late-career
Elementary Ed $39,440 $44,416 $56,405
High school/secondary ed $41,392 $47,909 $60,487
Professor/post-secondary $59,109 $69,623 $98,813

Source: Payscale

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What Scholarships and Grants are Available to Teachers?

Teachers often work harder than their paychecks reflect, and so thousands of programs are in place around the country to help educators pay for school. Below are some resources to help start your financial aid search.

Scholarships come in many shapes and sizes, and are awarded to students for myriad reasons, including academic achievements, athletic accomplishments or participation in certain clubs and organizations. Typically merit-based, scholarships are gifts from an organization, and do not need to be repaid.


    This organization has a breadth of information available for teachers, including a comprehensive list of scholarships and other financial aid opportunities.

  • Niche

    Niche is a database of scholarships available across the country.

Different from scholarships, grants are usually need-based monetary awards from federal and state governments, colleges and non-profit organizations. They also do not need to be repaid.

  • Federal Pell Grant

    A commonly dispensed grant, the Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a college degree (some special circumstances exist for graduate students).

  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

    The TEACH Grant requires that students complete a specified education curriculum and commit to teaching for four years in designated school districts.

    Teacher Loan Forgiveness: Designed to alleviate the pressure of repaying hefty student loan fees, forgiveness programs can erase part—or all—of a student’s debt. While eligibility can be competitive and selective, special state and national programs exist to exclusively help teachers.

  • Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness

    After teaching five consecutive years at a low-income institution, among other criteria, teachers can apply to have their student debt erased up to an amount of $17,500.

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    Not specific to educators, this federal program forgives students’ debt after completing 120 loan payments while employed by a government agency or not-for-profit organization.

    available to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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