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2021 Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

508 Colleges
$34,031 Avg Salary
$24,609 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Education Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 306,739 education students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #4 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 508 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Education

Our analysis found The College of New Jersey to be the best school for education students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#2

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Texas Christian University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best education schools in the United States. TCU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Delaware. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Iowa State University is a great place for education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a great place for education students working on their bachelor’s degree. SIUC is a large public school located in the city of Carbondale.

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#6

Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

Valley City State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Valley City, Valley City State University is a public college with a small student population.

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#7

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, ND

With a ranking of #7, Dickinson State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their bachelor’s degree. DSU is a small public school located in the remote town of Dickinson.

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#8

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#9

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Ithaca is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Ithaca.

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#10

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Towson is a very large public school located in the city of Towson.

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#12

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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University of Maryland - College Park ranked #13 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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#15

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elon.

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#16

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for education students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown.

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#17

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#18

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa ranked #18 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#19

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree education programs. Baylor is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waco.

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#20

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree education programs. Located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree education programs. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Saint Peter.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#24

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

With a ranking of #24, Drake University did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Des Moines.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for education students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN
#29

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#31

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
#34

Hope College

Holland, MI
#36

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
#37

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#38

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY
#39

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY
#40

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#41

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#43

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA
#44

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA
#47

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#48

Dakota State University

Madison, SD
#49

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 508 different United States education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
52 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
53 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
54 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
55 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
56 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
57 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
58 Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI
59 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
60 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
61 Ball State University Muncie, IN
62 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
63 Boston University Boston, MA
64 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
65 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
66 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
67 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
68 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
69 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
70 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
71 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
72 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
73 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
74 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
75 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
76 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
77 Simpson College Indianola, IA
78 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
79 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
80 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
81 National University La Jolla, CA
82 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
83 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
84 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
85 Pace University - New York New York, NY
86 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
87 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
88 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
89 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
90 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
91 North Central College Naperville, IL
92 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
93 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
94 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
95 Endicott College Beverly, MA
96 Kean University Union, NJ
97 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
98 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
99 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
100 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
101 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN

Education by Region

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

Education Majors to Study

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
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

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 Horadrim.

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