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2021 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools

344 Colleges
$49,708 Avg Salary
$36,052 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Curriculum & Instruction School for You

Curriculum & Instruction is the #70 most popular major in the country with 18,767 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. This report analyzed 344 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for curriculum majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Curriculum

Our analysis found University of Maryland - Baltimore County to be the best school for curriculum and instruction students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Baltimore, UMBC is a public college with a large student population.

Curriculum majors at UMBC take out an average of $28,175 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $328, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at St John’s University - New York helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. STJ is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Queens.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from STJ carry an average student debtload of $55,564. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $647.

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#3

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

The excellent programs at Brandman University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

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#4

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Drake University is a great place for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the midsize city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Drake take out is $13,518. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $158.

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#5

Mercer University

Macon, GA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Mercer University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Macon, Mercer is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, curriculum graduates from Mercer take out $68,031 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $793, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Concordia University - Irvine came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Concordia University Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Concordia University Irvine take out is $20,500. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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#8

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton ranked #9 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Scranton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Scranton.

On average, curriculum graduates from Scranton take out $27,333 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $318, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

With a ranking of #10, Fitchburg State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the city of Columbia, Carolina is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#13

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from Boston College carry an average student debtload of $20,500. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#14

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Westminster, McDaniel is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#15

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #15 on the list. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx.

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#16

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa ranked #16 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

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#17

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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University of St Francis came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Joliet, University of Saint Francis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Curriculum majors at University of Saint Francis take out an average of $13,497 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $157.

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#19

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at U of F take out is $37,382. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $436.

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#20

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#23

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#24

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

University of Redlands landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. U of Redlands is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Redlands.

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#25

Mount Marty University

Yankton, SD

Mount Marty University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Mount Marty is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Yankton.

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Rest of the Top Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools

#26

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#27

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL
#28

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#29

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#30

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#31

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#32

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#34

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#37

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA
#38

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#39

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#41

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#42

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#43

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT
#44

North Central College

Naperville, IL
#45

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#47

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 344 different United States curriculum and instruction schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools award.

Rank College Location
52 Piedmont College Demorest, GA
53 Iowa State University Ames, IA
54 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
55 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
56 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
57 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
58 Gannon University Erie, PA
59 Spalding University Louisville, KY
60 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
61 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
62 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
63 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
64 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
65 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
66 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
66 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
68 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Curriculum & Instruction by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the area of study, curriculum and instruction has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Disarnot.

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