5 top colleges for education majors

Money versus benefit

Education majors spend a mint to get their degrees, but don’t make a mint upon graduation. Unlike lawyers and doctors, who can look forward to six figure salaries, teachers need to balance the cost with the benefits when choosing where to get a degree.

boy holding student loan debt

With the cost/benefit balance in mind, I compared Niche’s list of top colleges for education majors, US News and World Report’s best education schools, and Best Value School’s list of best value schools for education majors to come up with this list of top ranked schools of education that are worth what you pay for.

The “top” schools like Harvard and Stanford didn’t make my list because they didn’t meet my requirement for cost vs. benefit. My own alma mater, the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia almost made the list, but didn’t quite squeeze into the top 5.

#1 Brigham Young University

  • #4 Niche
  • #1 Best Value
Connect with them on Twitter @McKaySchool

#2 Vanderbilt University

  • #6 US News & World Report
  • #1 Niche
  • #21 Best Value

Connect with them on Twitter @VanderbiltU

#3 University of Wisconsin

  • #3 US News & World Report
  • #7 Niche
Connect with them on Twitter @UWMadEducation

#4 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

  • #11 US News & World Report
  • #3 Niche
Connect with them on Twitter @UMichEducation

#5 Boston College

  • #22 US News & World Report
  • #5 Niche
  • #45 Best Value
Connect with them on Twitter @bclynchschool

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I am a National Board Certified educator currently teaching in Virginia. I have taught the following: English 9, 10, 11, and 12 (on academic, collaborative, and honors levels); Dual Enrollment English; Mass Communications, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Communications Technology. I have experience in five different school systems, four in Virginia and one in Maryland. I served as my school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and was a top five finalist for the Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I am passionate about recruiting and retaining quality educators in our public schools. Let me help you find your path to changing lives through teaching!

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