Top 75 Colleges for Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

For those who are interested in teaching young children, it is vitally important to earn your bachelor’s degree. For those who want to continue to move up in their early childhood education career, or make their way into administration, it may be equally important to earn a master’s degree or higher. Either way, the most important thing is making sure that the education you are earning will get you where you want to go and give you the credentials and knowledge to achieve all your goals.

To that end, this list will provide you with the top institutions offering early childhood education credentials in the US. Some offer bachelor’s degrees, some offer master’s degrees, and some offer both. No matter what you’re looking to gain out of the next step in your education, one of these schools will have everything you need. Now it’s up to you to decide which school is right for you. Is one of these institutions right around the corner from you or are you more interested in earning your master’s degree online while you continue to work in your current position? Does one school offer your next degree at a lower cost than the others or offer endorsements you can’t get anywhere else? Check out the list and find your next alma mater.

Harvard University

1

It's no surprise that America's premier university tops the list for early childhood education degrees. Harvard students support a very high retention rate, tend to graduate in four years, and then go on to become leaders in their fields. Their Center on the Developing Child takes a multi-disciplinary approach that relies on cutting edge research that includes brain architecture, toxic stress, and how a child's genetics interact with their environment.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $51,925
    • Out-of-State: $51,925
  • Average Net Price: $17,590
  • # of Applicants 42,749
  • % Admitted: 5%
  • Total Enrollment: 31,566
    • Undergraduate: 9,950 (32%)
    • Graduate: 21,616 (68%)
  • Rank: #1
  • Retention Rate: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 98%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $91,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $839,640

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

2

SIU at Carbondale joins the rarefied air of the top early childhood education degrees. Not only does SIU-Carbondale offer its students the very best in terms of instruction, but it does so at a great value. In-state students will find that their costs are well-contained as they pursue one of two ECE tracks: Preschool/Primary or Child and Family Services.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,904
    • Out-of-State: $29,360
  • Average Net Price: $16,105
  • # of Applicants 6,232
  • % Admitted: 72%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,817
    • Undergraduate: 9,552 (75%)
    • Graduate: 3,265 (25%)
  • Rank: #2
  • Retention Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $69,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $625,580

San Diego State University

3

It's always beautiful in San Diego and SD State delivers a stellar early childhood education degree to those who have a passion for molding future generations. Students who have a particular drive to teach younger SPED students will find a home at San Diego State. The program here is equipped to prepare graduates to become certified California educators. Furthermore, the university offers advanced degrees at both the master's and doctoral levels.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $7,510
    • Out-of-State: $19,390
  • Average Net Price: $14,568
  • # of Applicants 69,399
  • % Admitted: 35%
  • Total Enrollment: 35,303
    • Undergraduate: 30,586 (87%)
    • Graduate: 4,717 (13%)
  • Rank: #3
  • Retention Rate: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $661,728

Stanford University

4

Independent learning is the name of the game at Stanford. Education students at Stanford are invited to pursue independent research under the tutelage of two faculty advisers. Upon graduation, students can move on to Stanford's Graduate School of Education where they can refine their studies and become leaders in the field of early childhood education.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $53,529
    • Out-of-State: $53,529
  • Average Net Price: $17,271
  • # of Applicants 47,452
  • % Admitted: 4%
  • Total Enrollment: 17,381
    • Undergraduate: 7,087 (41%)
    • Graduate: 10,294 (59%)
  • Rank: #4
  • Retention Rate: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 5 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $106,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $990,916

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

5

This is the second Illinois University to make the top ten. U of I's Urbana-Champaign campus prepares students for brilliant careers as certified early childhood education professionals. ECE students can also receive approval for SPED licenses and their education department offers degrees in elementary, middle grades, and secondary education, for which there is a minor. For education students who complete their undergraduate ECE degree, there is also the possibility of a Master of Education degree if they want to continue learning.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $15,122
    • Out-of-State: $32,264
  • Average Net Price: $15,829
  • # of Applicants 39,406
  • % Admitted: 62%
  • Total Enrollment: 49,702
    • Undergraduate: 33,915 (68%)
    • Graduate: 15,787 (32%)
  • Rank: #5
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $77,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $706,684

Colorado State University – Fort Collins

6

Early childhood education students in the rugged state of Colorado are in luck. CSU's highly ranked program is part of their Department of Human Development and Family Studies and will lead to state licensure. Students need to apply to this program in the spring of their second year of college and admitted students may start the program the following fall. After graduation, students enter public school classrooms, Head Start programs, and some open their own childcare centers.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,901
    • Out-of-State: $30,622
  • Average Net Price: $17,914
  • # of Applicants 24,496
  • % Admitted: 84%
  • Total Enrollment: 33,478
    • Undergraduate: 25,962 (78%)
    • Graduate: 7,516 (22%)
  • Rank: #6
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $67,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $598,344

University of California – Los Angeles

7

UCLA's Education department is one of the finest in the state of California, and one of two premier programs in its public university system. Many students opt for their two-year state credentialing program in elementary education that simultaneously results in a master's degree. UCLA's extension program offers a basic core program that results in a certificate in ECE. The ECE program prepares students to work with children ages birth through 5 years.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $13,240
    • Out-of-State: $42,994
  • Average Net Price: $15,002
  • # of Applicants 113,754
  • % Admitted: 14%
  • Total Enrollment: 44,537
    • Undergraduate: 31,577 (71%)
    • Graduate: 12,960 (29%)
  • Rank: #7
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 91%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $82,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $759,992

University of Georgia

8

UGA's school of Education is one of the best in the state and thus it has registered in our top ten ECE programs. The Double Dawgs program is a joint BSEd/MEd path which allows early childhood education students a way to complete a full professional training in the least amount of time. The program integrates practical, professional experience alongside a top-tier academic training that prepares students to provide the very best for young children.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,080
    • Out-of-State: $31,120
  • Average Net Price: $15,539
  • # of Applicants 26,164
  • % Admitted: 49%
  • Total Enrollment: 38,652
    • Undergraduate: 29,611 (77%)
    • Graduate: 9,041 (23%)
  • Rank: #8
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $65,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $587,844

George Mason University

9

GMU is one of the nation's oldest and best universities. Naturally, they also excel in the field of Early Childhood Education. Their BSEd focuses on diverse learners and students can work towards licensure in early childhood special education, early/primary education pre K-3, or both. Students can also opt to take a non-licensure route and still become experts in teaching diverse early childhood learners.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,564
    • Out-of-State: $36,024
  • Average Net Price: $19,064
  • # of Applicants $19,557
  • % Admitted: 81%
  • Total Enrollment: 37,316
    • Undergraduate: 26,192 (70%)
    • Graduate: 11,124 (30%)
  • Rank: #9
  • Retention Rate: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $643,744

Capella University

10

Minneapolis' Capella University offers two top-notch master's degrees in early childhood education. Capella's Early Childhood Education MS degree is comprised of six core courses, four courses in a student's specialty area, and a practicum which can lead to licensure. All the coursework is conducted online, so students needn't worry about Minnesota winters. Capella also offers an online MS in Early Childhood Education Studies which requires a total of 46 quarter hours.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,540
    • Out-of-State: $14,540
  • Average Net Price: $13,387
  • # of Applicants NA
  • % Admitted: NA
  • Total Enrollment: 37,171
    • Undergraduate: 9,815 (26%)
    • Graduate: 27,356 (74%)
  • Rank: #10
  • Retention Rate: 56%
  • Graduation Rate: NA
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $69,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $636,452

University of Massachusetts-Boston

11

Students who earn Umass-Boston's degree in early education and care in inclusive settings quickly rise to the top of their field. Not only is the educational quality of the degree first-rate, but students can earn their credentials at a far lower cost than at other Boston-area colleges. Graduates work in a wide range of settings including after-school programs, Head Start, pre-K public programs, and private preschools.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,613
    • Out-of-State: $35,075
  • Average Net Price: $12,412
  • # of Applicants 11,907
  • % Admitted: 78%
  • Total Enrollment: 16,164
    • Undergraduate: 12,714 (79%)
    • Graduate: 3,450 (21%)
  • Rank: #11
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $71,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $660,352

Middlebury College

12

Vermonters are close to one of our other top picks for Education. Middlebury offers students an opportunity to work towards licensure in elementary education. To complete the degree, students must pass a minimum of six courses, student teaching, and then take the PRAXIS examination. Middlebury graduates go on to educate Vermont youngsters, and some even pursue teaching out of state. Those who decide to move on for a master's degree find that they have a strong foundation.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $56,216
    • Out-of-State: $56,216
  • Average Net Price: $23,136
  • # of Applicants 9,227
  • % Admitted: 17%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,611
    • Undergraduate: 2,564 (98%)
    • Graduate: 47 (2%)
  • Rank: #12
  • Retention Rate: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 91%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $71,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $617,456

Johns Hopkins University

13

Students who work through one of Johns Hopkins' education programs are able to impact the lives of many students, as well as their fellow professionals. They offer degrees at the master's level, and they also offer graduate certificates which can be applied to a full MS at a later date. Students can choose from gifted education, special education, urban education, or education of students with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $55,350
    • Out-of-State: $55,350
  • Average Net Price: $27,868
  • # of Applicants 29,776
  • % Admitted: 11%
  • Total Enrollment: 26,152
    • Undergraduate: 6,064 (23%)
    • Graduate: 20,088 (77%)
  • Rank: #13
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $86,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $748,528

Boston University

14

BU offers four programs in early childhood education including a BS in ECE, master’s in ECE, and an education doctorate in curriculum and teaching. Undergraduate students may choose to pursue licensure or not, and faculty will help guide this decision based on work presented in EC 453. Whether or not students choose to pursue state licensure, every graduate from BU's ECE programs is prepared to serve students for a lifetime.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $55,892
    • Out-of-State: $55,892
  • Average Net Price: $29,154
  • # of Applicants 64,481
  • % Admitted: 22%
  • Total Enrollment: 34,657
    • Undergraduate: 18,515 (53%)
    • Graduate: 16,142 (47%)
  • Rank: #14
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $77,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $653,384

University of Vermont

15

Vermonters who are interested in working on a large, research-oriented university campus are in luck. The University of Vermont offers top ECE preparation at state school prices, provided that students qualify for in-state tuition. Students who love the idea of teaching very young children can choose between a BSEd in either early childhood education or early childhood special education. Both programs prepare students for state licensure and students can opt for a dual certificate in both, or supplement their learning with a minor in their non-licensed area. Students might also minor in cultural and linguistic diversity, human development and family studies, or coaching.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $18,802
    • Out-of-State: $43,690
  • Average Net Price: $19,261
  • # of Applicants 21,263
  • % Admitted: 68%
  • Total Enrollment: 13,395
    • Undergraduate: 11,328 (85%)
    • Graduate: 2,067 (15%)
  • Rank: #15
  • Retention Rate: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 76%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $65,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $572,956

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

16

Minnesotans who have a passion for teaching children, ages birth through five, are fortunate to have this program in the Twin Cities. The Bachelor of Science degree will prepare students to thrive in the field of ECE. The Education Department also offers students the opportunity to pursue licensure in elementary education, in case students wish to pursue a career as a credentialed state educator.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $15,027
    • Out-of-State: $33,325
  • Average Net Price: $16,691
  • # of Applicants 43,460
  • % Admitted: 52%
  • Total Enrollment: 50,734
    • Undergraduate: 34,437 (68%)
    • Graduate: 16,297 (32%)
  • Rank: #16
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $653,236

University of Texas – Austin

17

UT students who have completed a bachelor's degree can pursue one of the state's top degrees in early childhood education. The university offers MEd, MA, and PhD credentials in ECE. With these degree options, students are prepared to support developing children with the very best knowledge and practices available. Parents and whole communities will be fortunate to have an educator from UT-Austin on their side.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,824
    • Out-of-State: $38,326
  • Average Net Price: $14,156
  • # of Applicants 50,575
  • % Admitted: 39%
  • Total Enrollment: 51,832
    • Undergraduate: 40,804 (79%)
    • Graduate: 11,028 (21%)
  • Rank: #17
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $75,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $693,376

University of Virginia – Main Campus (Charlottesville)

18

University of Virginia has a rich history of educating undergraduate students that extends back to the founding of this nation. Now students can attend UVA's main campus in Charlottesville to pursue one of the very best ECE programs. Students can choose between a BS in Education with a focus on early childhood education or practicing, licensed educators can return for online courses leading to an endorsement in early childhood.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $17,798
    • Out-of-State: $50,900
  • Average Net Price: $17,845
  • # of Applicants 37,182
  • % Admitted: 26%
  • Total Enrollment: 24,639
    • Undergraduate: 16,777 (68%)
    • Graduate: 7,862 (32%)
  • Rank: #18
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $78,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $708,620

University of Delaware

19

Students at the University of Delaware who have a passion for teaching our youngest children can choose between a degree in early childhood education or early childhood special education. Either major can lead to state licensure that will qualify holders to teach public school students through second grade. In fact, students can opt to pursue dual certification which will lead to more employment opportunities and may open the door for leadership opportunities down the road.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,280
    • Out-of-State: $35,710
  • Average Net Price: $15,883
  • # of Applicants 27,691
  • % Admitted: 66%
  • Total Enrollment: 24,120
    • Undergraduate: 19,956 (83%)
    • Graduate: 4,164 (17%)
  • Rank: #19
  • Retention Rate: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $656,468

Indiana University-Bloomington

20

For those passionate for early childhood education, IU-Bloomington's School of Education has degree programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. The BSEd Degree is focused on development so that children can be reached at their specific level. The program's practicum offers students the opportunity to teach students ranging from infants and toddlers through third graders. The program works with state licensing guidelines for pre-K, kindergarten/primary grades, as well as a credential to teach reading in public schools.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,947
    • Out-of-State: $36,512
  • Average Net Price: $11,931
  • # of Applicants 44,169
  • % Admitted: 77%
  • Total Enrollment: 43,503
    • Undergraduate: 33,301 (77%)
    • Graduate: 10,202 (23%)
  • Rank: #20
  • Retention Rate: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $66,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $612,276

Vanderbilt University

21

Tennessee is fortunate to have such a fine private university in its borders. Vanderbilt's School of Education has been producing some of the nation's very best educators since 1785. In fact, every graduate from the Peabody College must qualify for licensure in order to graduate. Students can choose between a track for pre-k through third grade or an elementary education track that covers students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students should be prepared to put in field work hours, which will pay off for a lifetime.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $52,070
    • Out-of-State: $52,070
  • Average Net Price: $23,596
  • # of Applicants 34,313
  • % Admitted: 10%
  • Total Enrollment: 12,824
    • Undergraduate: 6,861 (54%)
    • Graduate: 5,963 (46%)
  • Rank: #21
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $80,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $705,616

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

22

The University of Washington is one of the very best research institutions in the Pacific Northwest and the world. The College of Education offers students degrees in early childhood and family studies, early care and education (online), education communities & organizations, and education learning & society. Their graduate programs include special education, leadership & policy, school psychology, and measurement & statistics, among other programs.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,465
    • Out-of-State: $38,166
  • Average Net Price: $9,765
  • # of Applicants 45,907
  • % Admitted: 49%
  • Total Enrollment: 47,400
    • Undergraduate: 32,099 (68%)
    • Graduate: 15,301 (32%)
  • Rank: #22
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $77,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $730,940

Georgia State University

23

GSU is conveniently located in the very heart of Atlanta, enabling students to attain one of the very best ECE degrees. GSU's College of Education and Human Development has a program that leads to certification in early childhood special education. Students can also choose between degrees in elementary education, birth through five, human learning and development, and a minor in urban education. GSU also offers master's degrees in elementary education, and two doctoral programs for the most ambitious.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,286
    • Out-of-State: $24,517
  • Average Net Price: $14,501
  • # of Applicants 16,348
  • % Admitted: 71%
  • Total Enrollment: 34,316
    • Undergraduate: 27,231 (79%)
    • Graduate: 7,085 (21%)
  • Rank: #23
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $63,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $571,996

Ohio State University-Main Campus

24

Students who attend Ohio State's main campus in Columbus have access to one of the best ECE educations in the state, if not the nation. The BSEd degree in Early Childhood Education prepares students for state licensure for classrooms ranging from pre-k through fifth grade. Graduates also forge careers designing curriculum for museums and agencies that cater to youngsters. As students pursue their ECE degree at Ohio State, they will put in many field work hours including one semester in a preschool, a full year in an elementary school, and two more in community or school environments.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,084
    • Out-of-State: $32,061
  • Average Net Price: $18,694
  • # of Applicants 48,077
  • % Admitted: 52%
  • Total Enrollment: 61,170
    • Undergraduate: 46,820 (77%)
    • Graduate: 14,350 (23%)
  • Rank: #24
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $70,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $625,224

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

25

Penn State University offers a BS degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education that will lead students to licensure from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Along the way to licensure, the program ensures that students are prepared to pass the PRAXIS examination, have completed a fieldwork experience (aka student teaching), and are otherwise well-rounded individuals who have a true passion for education that is informed by a love for those they teach.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $18,450
    • Out-of-State: $35,514
  • Average Net Price: $26,151
  • # of Applicants 52,742
  • % Admitted: 56%
  • Total Enrollment: 46,810
    • Undergraduate: 40,363 (86%)
    • Graduate: 6,447 (14%)
  • Rank: #25
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $73,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $625,396

New York University

26

Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU's early childhood education degree prepares students by providing the best faculty and a tremendous range of fieldwork opportunities in the wilds of New York City. Graduates are prepared for New York State licensure in ECE and ECE-special education. Licensure enables holders to work with children from ages birth through second grade. Graduates are known to enter the classroom but also pursue work as children's book editors, television producers, and caseworkers.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $53,308
    • Out-of-State: $53,308
  • Average Net Price: $39,935
  • # of Applicants 71,834
  • % Admitted: 20%
  • Total Enrollment: 51,847
    • Undergraduate: 26,733 (52%)
    • Graduate: 25,114 (48%)
  • Rank: #26
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $75,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $590,260

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

27

27.Just because this is UMass' second offering on our list of top early childhood education programs doesn’t mean that it's second class. To the contrary, Umass-Amherst's ECE offerings include degrees at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. In pursuit of an undergraduate degree, students will invest nearly 20% of their credit hours in field work experiences. Upon graduation, students should qualify for a teaching credential from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $16,389
    • Out-of-State: $35,710
  • Average Net Price: $21,740
  • # of Applicants 41,690
  • % Admitted: 60%
  • Total Enrollment: 30,593
    • Undergraduate: 23,515 (77%)
    • Graduate: 7,078 (23%)
  • Rank: #27
  • Retention Rate: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $71,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $623,040

Purdue University - Main Campus

28

Purdue University offers students a unique opportunity to attain a degree in early childhood education and special needs. The program prepares graduates to lead classrooms full of students ranging in age from birth through third grade. Many graduates choose to become developmental therapists for youngsters aged birth through three years. Others might work for Head Start, private preschools, private primary schools, or as special needs coordinator, among many other fulfilling options.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,992
    • Out-of-State: $28,794
  • Average Net Price: $11,898
  • # of Applicants 53,722
  • % Admitted: 58%
  • Total Enrollment: 44,474
    • Undergraduate: 33,735 (76%)
    • Graduate: 10,739 (24%)
  • Rank: #28
  • Retention Rate: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $76,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $712,408

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

29

Students who have a passion for teaching will need to apply for Rutgers' five-year certification program. Upon graduation, degree holders will qualify for state licensure in elementary classrooms or preschool through grade three. The five-year program results in a dual bachelor's/master's degree that paves the way to a career in New Jersey or any other state. In fact, when a student achieves their master's degree, the program enters a recommendation with the New Jersey State Department of Education that they should receive a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $15,407
    • Out-of-State: $32,189
  • Average Net Price: $16,295
  • # of Applicants 41,348
  • % Admitted: 60%
  • Total Enrollment: 50,254
    • Undergraduate: 36,039 (72%)
    • Graduate: 14,215 (28%)
  • Rank: #29
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $654,820

Boston College

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This famous university's strong standing in academia is due to many factors, but its Lynch School of Education and Human Development is a major component. After students complete their undergraduate degrees in education, they can continue on to a graduate degree in ECE. In fact, to qualify for admission to the ECE program students needn't have an education degree, but an Arts/Sciences or interdisciplinary degree is preferred. The master's degree includes 450 hours of experience.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $55,892
    • Out-of-State: $55,892
  • Average Net Price: $29,154
  • # of Applicants 64,481
  • % Admitted: 22%
  • Total Enrollment: 34,657
    • Undergraduate: 18,515 (53%)
    • Graduate: 16,142 (47%)
  • Rank: #30
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $77,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $653,384

University of Florida

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Students in UF's College of Education are in for the experience of a lifetime. For those with a passion for preschool students, the University of Florida offers degrees at the undergraduate, master's, and doctorate levels. In fact, undergraduate students can enter the five-year bachelor’s-to-master’s program, which qualifies them to attain a teaching credential from Florida's Board of Education. When students have graduate-level credentials, they can pursue teaching positions throughout Florida as well as any state in the nation, though each state does have its own criteria for licensure.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $6,381
    • Out-of-State: $28,659
  • Average Net Price: $11,313
  • # of Applicants 38,905
  • % Admitted: 39%
  • Total Enrollment: 52,218
    • Undergraduate: 35,491 (68%)
    • Graduate: 16,727 (32%)
  • Rank: #31
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $674,748

Michigan State University

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MSU's teacher preparation program is far from spartan. In fact, MSU's College of Education leads the nation as the #4 online education program. The teacher prep program goes above and beyond what many require by mandating that all students complete a year-long internship in a classroom. That experience comprises a full 12 graduate-level credits. Thus, when students graduate, they have the sort of portfolio schools are eager to see. In fact, each year at least 200 schools from all over the nation visit MSU to recruit new talent.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,460
    • Out-of-State: $39,766
  • Average Net Price: $16,227
  • # of Applicants 33,129
  • % Admitted: 78%
  • Total Enrollment: 50,351
    • Undergraduate: 39,423 (78%)
    • Graduate: 10,928 (22%)
  • Rank: #32
  • Retention Rate: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $70,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $635,092

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

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The early childhood education program at U-Pitt prepares students to teach children aged birth to eight years. The program is rigorous, and graduates will have not only passed rigorous courses but will have completed many hours in the field in schools and a range of environments that foster childhood development. After graduation with a bachelor's degree, students may reapply to the graduate program for early childhood education or elementary education, if they so desire.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $19,718
    • Out-of-State: $33,746
  • Average Net Price: $24,040
  • # of Applicants 29,857
  • % Admitted: 59%
  • Total Enrollment: 28,673
    • Undergraduate: 19,330 (67%)
    • Graduate: 9,343 (33%)
  • Rank: #33
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $71,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $590,572

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Ohio's rich educational tradition carries on at the University of Cincinnati. Early childhood education students can start out with and Associate of Applied Science in the field, which is available online, and then continue to pursue ECE as a minor or a major for their undergraduate degree. The full undergraduate degree is available both through online and in traditional classrooms. Students who have scheduling problems may be able to blend online and traditional coursework as they choose.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,660
    • Out-of-State: $26,994
  • Average Net Price: $20,085
  • # of Applicants 23,296
  • % Admitted: 73%
  • Total Enrollment: 37,886
    • Undergraduate: 26,762 (71%)
    • Graduate: 11,124 (29%)
  • Rank: #34
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $69,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $609,660

Florida State University

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Students who want to take their ECE careers to the next level choose FSU's Master's in Early Childhood Education. The program is online so that students can continue to work with children and apply their learning directly in classrooms nationwide, if not worldwide. For those who want to go the full distance, FSU's College of Education offers a doctoral program. Additionally, FSU is waiving the GRE requirement for new applicants starting with the Fall semester, 2020.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $5,656
    • Out-of-State: $18,786
  • Average Net Price: $13,318
  • # of Applicants 50,314
  • % Admitted: 37%
  • Total Enrollment: 41,005
    • Undergraduate: 32,472 (79%)
    • Graduate: 8,533 (21%)
  • Rank: #35
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $62,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $566,728

Columbia University in the City of New York

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Where better to study early childhood education than the heart of New York City. Children in Manhattan represent a broad cross-section of the nation and Columbia's Teacher's College prepares students to learn how to serve them all. Columbia offers master's degrees in early childhood education that lead to initial certification in ECE or dual certification with special education. Columbia also offers a non-certification, 32-credit graduate degree as well as an EdD in ECE with the option to focus on either special education or ECE policy.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $61,788
    • Out-of-State: $61,788
  • Average Net Price: $21,220
  • # of Applicants 40,572
  • % Admitted: 6%
  • Total Enrollment: 31,077
    • Undergraduate: 8,216 (26%)
    • Graduate: 22,861 (74%)
  • Rank: #36
  • Retention Rate: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 96%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $83,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $745,120

Seattle University

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Students at Seattle University can pursue degrees that prepare them for K-12 classrooms. The SU College of Education offers a wide range of degrees for both undergraduate and graduate students alike. Graduate students can choose to continue their education with post-master's certificates in subjects such as teaching community college students, educational administration, educational leadership, teaching English as a second language, and more. Seattle University also offers online graduate degrees in special education and English language learners.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $46,590
    • Out-of-State: $46,590
  • Average Net Price: $35,577
  • # of Applicants 8,640
  • % Admitted: 76%
  • Total Enrollment: 7,291
    • Undergraduate: 4,685 (64%)
    • Graduate: 2,606 (36%)
  • Rank: #37
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $83,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $687,692

Texas A & M University-College Station

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Those who have a passion for teaching future generations of Texans can study to achieve a certification that covers classrooms from early childhood through 6th grade. Texas A&M's program is focused on fieldwork and the practice of teaching, with a healthy helping of classroom knowledge to inform all that real-world learning. Since becoming a teacher involves tremendous personal growth, the university provides ample resources to support all students as they transition into the most rewarding career.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,153
    • Out-of-State: $38,602
  • Average Net Price: $19,118
  • # of Applicants 36,000
  • % Admitted: 68%
  • Total Enrollment: 68,679
    • Undergraduate: 53,743 (78%)
    • Graduate: 14,936 (22%)
  • Rank: #38
  • Retention Rate: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $74,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $663,528

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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The College of Education & Social Work at West Chester University offers an MEd degree for those who love working with the smallest students. There are two tracks to choose from. One is for certified teachers who hold a PA Instructional Teaching Certification and the other is for future Program Administrators who may not hold a PA Instructional Teaching Certification but who have at least one year of experience working in the ECE environment.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,421
    • Out-of-State: $22,245
  • Average Net Price: $19,091
  • # of Applicants 12,002
  • % Admitted: 74%
  • Total Enrollment: 17,527
    • Undergraduate: 14,567 (83%)
    • Graduate: 2,960 (17%)
  • Rank: #39
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $59,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $513,636

University of North Texas

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Budding teachers can choose from a full range of teacher prep programs at University of North Texas. Those who love preschoolers can be prepared for certification in classrooms ranging from early childhood through 6th grade. There are also degree options that prepare students to achieve all-level certifications in subjects such as: art, special education, health, foreign languages, theater, and more. Early childhood specialists will receive a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies that includes many hours of fieldwork and concludes with state testing and a recommendation for state licensure

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,044
    • Out-of-State: $21,172
  • Average Net Price: $12,600
  • # of Applicants 20,006
  • % Admitted: 71%
  • Total Enrollment: 38,241
    • Undergraduate: 31,375 (82%)
    • Graduate: 6,866 (18%)
  • Rank: #40
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $62,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $569,600

Temple University

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A Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Temple University demonstrates that the degree holder has completed a thorough and rigorous program. The degree qualifies graduates to work with children from pre-K through grade 4 in Pennsylvania public schools. The program allows students to start fieldwork experiences as early as their second year. This allows students to solidify their decision to pursue education as a career or to make a change. After graduation, students can continue at Temple and pursue one of many graduate degree options.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $16,970
    • Out-of-State: $29,882
  • Average Net Price: $23,192
  • # of Applicants 35,501
  • % Admitted: 59%
  • Total Enrollment: 39,740
    • Undergraduate: 29,484 (74%)
    • Graduate: 10,256 (26%)
  • Rank: #41
  • Retention Rate: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $65,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $557,232

National Louis University

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Early childhood professionals can pick from many undergraduate and graduate degrees from National Louis University. Undergraduate students may achieve Bachelor of Arts diplomas in early childhood education or early childhood practice while graduate students can pursue MEd or EdS degrees with two specialty areas including: curriculum and instruction, early childhood special education, learning behavior specialist I, or teacher leadership, among others. NL University also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching for ECE specialists that leads to a Professional Educator License in the state of Illinois.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,010
    • Out-of-State: $11,010
  • Average Net Price: $14,285
  • # of Applicants 3,423
  • % Admitted: 86%
  • Total Enrollment: 5,992
    • Undergraduate: 3,051 (51%)
    • Graduate: 2,941 (49%)
  • Rank: #42
  • Retention Rate: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $67,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $612,860

Northeastern University

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Early childhood education professionals can take their credentials to the next level with a doctoral or graduate degree from Northeastern University. NU offers degree programs both online and through campuses in Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; and Seattle, WA. Degree options include special education, TESL, learning and instruction, and elementary education, among others. NU's flexibility and outstanding instructors makes it a fantastic choice for a busy early childhood education profession.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $53,506
    • Out-of-State: $53,506
  • Average Net Price: $34,245
  • # of Applicants 62,272
  • % Admitted: 19%
  • Total Enrollment: 21,627
    • Undergraduate: 13,909 (64%)
    • Graduate: 7,718 (36%)
  • Rank: #43
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $76,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $623,020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Early Childhood Education that will credential them to teach students from birth to grade 3. Graduates can pursue work with Head Start, private preschool centers, preschool special education consultancies, or work in a wide range of related fields. The school has even outlined specific plans for students can follow from their first day on campus clear through to their state licensure. After graduation, the university offers an array of graduate degrees for educational professionals.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,522
    • Out-of-State: $25,828
  • Average Net Price: $17,315
  • # of Applicants 14,956
  • % Admitted: 80%
  • Total Enrollment: 25,820
    • Undergraduate: 20,830 (81%)
    • Graduate: 4,990 (19%)
  • Rank: #44
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $66,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $590,740

Kean University

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New Jersey students who wish to pursue a career in teaching children from pre-k through to 3rd grade can find a great value at Kean University. Located in Union, NJ, students can take advantage of the boundless resources and opportunities Northeastern New Jersey has to offer. The program instructs its graduates on how to nurture children with holistic methods and activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Since Kean is a public institution, New Jersey residents are able to take advantage of a terrific value.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,595
    • Out-of-State: $19,771
  • Average Net Price: $17,067
  • # of Applicants 9,082
  • % Admitted: 86%
  • Total Enrollment: 14,056
    • Undergraduate: 11,824 (84%)
    • Graduate: 2,232 (16%)
  • Rank: #45
  • Retention Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $60,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $531,732

Wayne State University

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Students in Wayne State's College of Education will find that they are able to have all their career needs met through their graduate and doctoral degrees. Early childhood education students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, but many opt to achieve their state teaching credentials via Wayne State's Master of Arts in Teaching degree. There are also post-Bachelor options as well as degrees in educational leadership, evaluation and research, and more. Wayne State offers a full spectrum of options for educational professionals.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $13,517
    • Out-of-State: $28,887
  • Average Net Price: $14,366
  • # of Applicants 16,210
  • % Admitted: 71%
  • Total Enrollment: 27,025
    • Undergraduate: 17,574 (65%)
    • Graduate: 9,451 (35%)
  • Rank: #46
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $71,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $652,536

University of Toledo

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Ohioans in the western part of the state will be happy to find that they can pursue a degree in early childhood education at the University of Toledo. The degree prepares students to achieve a state credential that covers them from pre-k through to 5th grade. Students are steeped in an educational philosophy that encourages inclusion and learning through doing. The school also offers generous scholarships to top students, making U of T an even greater value. There are also online options for students who are already working in the field.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,650
    • Out-of-State: $20,010
  • Average Net Price: $16,588
  • # of Applicants 10,792
  • % Admitted: 94%
  • Total Enrollment: 20,237
    • Undergraduate: 16,065 (79%)
    • Graduate: 4,172 (21%)
  • Rank: #47
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $66,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $593,648

George Washington University

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Educational professionals who wish to take their careers to the next level can pursue a master's degree at George Washington University. Their Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education is a 39 credit-hour program that is offered on a full-time and part-time basis, including night courses. The program is equipped to support students to achieve an initial licensure so that they can teach in the District of Columbia.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $56,935
    • Out-of-State: $56,935
  • Average Net Price: $39,600
  • # of Applicants 26,512
  • % Admitted: 42%
  • Total Enrollment: 28,172
    • Undergraduate: 12,546 (45%)
    • Graduate: 15,626 (55%)
  • Rank: #48
  • Retention Rate: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $76,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $601,600

University of Southern California

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USC's Rossier School of Education is one of the very best in the nation. Undergraduate students have the option to take a minor concentration in The Dynamics of Early Childhood which will prepare degree holders to pursue a career working with pre-k students. The undergraduate program is exclusively offered on campus but students who wish to pursue a graduate degree can later choose online degrees, including a Master of Arts in Teaching.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $58,195
    • Out-of-State: $58,195
  • Average Net Price: $36,161
  • # of Applicants 64,352
  • % Admitted: 13%
  • Total Enrollment: 47,310
    • Undergraduate: 19,907 (42%)
    • Graduate: 27,403 (58%)
  • Rank: #49
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 92%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $83,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $685,356

Lamar University

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Students who pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies through Lamar University's Department of Teacher Education can achieve a Texas state teaching credential as an EC-6 generalist. Students will appreciate the lower tuition for Texas residents as well as Lamar's flexibility with online courses. When ECE teachers are ready to take their career to the next level, Lamar offers many degree options in special education, educational leadership, and other programs for both graduate and doctoral degree candidates.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $8,494
    • Out-of-State: $18,622
  • Average Net Price: $11,510
  • # of Applicants 5,486
  • % Admitted: 84%
  • Total Enrollment: 14,783
    • Undergraduate: 8,904 (60%)
    • Graduate: 5,879 (40%)
  • Rank: #50
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $67,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $623,960

University of Houston

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Students who pursue the University of Houston's Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) degree focus on issues related to family dynamics, human development, parent education, human services delivery, and early childhood education. Every graduate will have completed a rigorous curriculum that includes courses, practical learning experience, and an internship. There are multiple tracks leading to a variety of specific degrees, including a teaching credential from the state of Texas.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,221
    • Out-of-State: $21,749
  • Average Net Price: $16,002
  • # of Applicants 22,461
  • % Admitted: 62%
  • Total Enrollment: 46,324
    • Undergraduate: 38,348 (83%)
    • Graduate: 7,976 (17%)
  • Rank: #51
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $69,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $625,992

Arizona State University (ASU)

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The Education Department at Arizona State University offers a degree in early childhood education with the option to focus on special education. Either track prepares students for state licensure to teach early childhood students and all others up through age 8, or 3rd grade. Students enter the focused part of their degrees in their third year at the University and graduate as highly competitive candidates for positions in public and private educational settings.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,338
    • Out-of-State: $29,428
  • Average Net Price: $13,081
  • # of Applicants 5,763
  • % Admitted: 81%
  • Total Enrollment: 11,584
    • Undergraduate: 8,702 (75%)
    • Graduate: 2,882 (25%)
  • Rank: #52
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $70,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $647,676

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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NCSU at Raleigh offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate education programs designed to launch a career in North Carolina's outstanding school systems. The fully accredited undergraduate programs prepare students to teach classrooms from kindergarten through to grade 6, and graduate programs seek to elevate professionals to become teachers who inspire and nurture future generations.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,101
    • Out-of-State: $29,220
  • Average Net Price: $14,771
  • # of Applicants 30,350
  • % Admitted: 47%
  • Total Enrollment: 35,479
    • Undergraduate: 25,199 (71%)
    • Graduate: 10,280 (29%)
  • Rank: #53
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $660,916

CUNY Hunter College

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New Yorkers are fortunate to have such an esteemed college in their City University system. Hunter students are eligible to pursue early childhood education as a major. Upon graduation ECE diploma holders can embark on a career that serves and nurtures hundreds of New York youngsters. The program certifies students to work with children from age birth to 8 who may come from any variety of diverse cultures or other background. Since NYC offers a wide spectrum of cultures and communities, CUNY-Hunter graduates will have a strong foundation with which to support students anywhere.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $7,382
    • Out-of-State: $15,332
  • Average Net Price: $4,332
  • # of Applicants 31,030
  • % Admitted: 36%
  • Total Enrollment: 23,202
    • Undergraduate: 17,212 (74%)
    • Graduate: 5,990 (26%)
  • Rank: #54
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $65,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $632,672

Ball State University

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Indiana residents can consider Ball State for an excellent education in elementary education. The University supports twelve concentration areas for future teachers to choose from, including a double major in elementary and early childhood education. Graduates will thus be well-rounded and able to tackle any number of challenges that span the full range of childhood. Since Ball State is a public university, in-state students are able to take advantage of a terrific value in higher education.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,020
    • Out-of-State: $26,800
  • Average Net Price: $13,642
  • # of Applicants 23,988
  • % Admitted: 65%
  • Total Enrollment: 21,884
    • Undergraduate: 16,160 (74%)
    • Graduate: 5,724 (26%)
  • Rank: #55
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $58,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $525,432

Grand Valley State University

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Michigan's Grand Valley State offers one of the top graduate programs for early childhood education in that state and the nation, too. Their ECE program prepares students work with children aged birth through 8 years (third grade.) The program is nationally accredited and thus offers a tremendous value for in-state students who pay the reduced tuition rates. This program results in an MEd degree that will bolster a teaching license and propel a career to the next level.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,860
    • Out-of-State: $18,296
  • Average Net Price: $17,184
  • # of Applicants 17,133
  • % Admitted: 83%
  • Total Enrollment: 24,677
    • Undergraduate: 21,680 (88%)
    • Graduate: 2,997 (12%)
  • Rank: #56
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $58,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $511,264

Sam Houston State University

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Undergraduate students at Sam Houston State can major in early childhood education and graduate students can earn a certificate as a concentration area for their MEd program. Undergraduate students will work toward state licensure and will complete a student teaching experience as a capstone to their degree and a professional rite of passage. Graduates will be considered highly qualified and can pursue careers in public schools, private schools, preschools, Head Start programs, and a variety of public and private organizations that serve very young children.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $8,536
    • Out-of-State: $18,664
  • Average Net Price: $12,516
  • # of Applicants 11,819
  • % Admitted: 79%
  • Total Enrollment: 21,213
    • Undergraduate: 18,498 (87%)
    • Graduate: 2,715 (13%)
  • Rank: #57
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $61,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $559,936

The University of Texas at San Antonio

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UT-San Antonio offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that prepare students for careers in early childhood education. The BA degree is focused on bilingual education, which is very important given the multi-ethnic populations that enrich Texas' public schools. Undergraduate diploma holders can qualify to teach in early childhood-sixth grade bilingual classrooms. Graduate students will be able to take their careers even higher and work as curriculum specialists, administrators, or program directors, among other career options.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $8,262
    • Out-of-State: $20,263
  • Average Net Price: $13,064
  • # of Applicants 16,918
  • % Admitted: 79%
  • Total Enrollment: 32,264
    • Undergraduate: 27,988 (87%)
    • Graduate: 4,276 (13%)
  • Rank: #58
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $62,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $567,744

Texas State University

59

Early childhood education specialists who earn a BA from Texas State's Education Department will be qualified to teach as ESL generalists or bilingual generalists. Given the diversity in Texas schools, children need teachers who can support their need to assimilate into an English-dominant society. They also need adults in their lives who can hear them and respond appropriately. Texas State also offers graduate degrees to propel an ECE career to the next level.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,581
    • Out-of-State: $22,397
  • Average Net Price: $13,729
  • # of Applicants 24,923
  • % Admitted: 46%
  • Total Enrollment: 38,644
    • Undergraduate: 34,187 (88%)
    • Graduate: 4,457 (12%)
  • Rank: #59
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $59,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $535,084

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

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Undergraduate early childhood education specialists at Ohio's Bowling Green State University's Main Campus can choose between three different options for their degree. Some may choose to work towards an inclusive ECE teaching credential or one of two options for ECE intervention specialist – one qualifies students to work with children aged pre-K through third grade and the other applies to children from birth to age three. BGSU also offers students the option to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Inclusive Early Childhood Education.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,316
    • Out-of-State: $19,305
  • Average Net Price: $17,508
  • # of Applicants 17,034
  • % Admitted: 72%
  • Total Enrollment: 17,540
    • Undergraduate: 14,858 (85%)
    • Graduate: 2,682 (15%)
  • Rank: #60
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $63,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $559,968

Xavier University

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Undergraduate students at Ohio's Xavier University can work towards credentials that permit them to work children aged three through eight (third grade.) Others can study ECE with a Latino focus. Xavier's program stands out for its holistic, integrated approach to education, and students will complete numerous field experiences as well as a student teaching program. Upon graduation from the undergraduate program, students may opt to go on to Xavier's MEd program for ECE.

  • Tuition$40,450
    • In-State: NA
    • Out-of-State: NA
  • Average Net Price: $31,240
  • # of Applicants 15,100
  • % Admitted: 74%
  • Total Enrollment: 7,127
    • Undergraduate: 4,995 (70%)
    • Graduate: 2,132 (30%)
  • Rank: #61
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $68,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $555,040

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus is one of the most recognized institutions of higher learning in the nation. Their education department is no small part of that notoriety. Their top ranking, low student to teacher ratio, and extensive alumni network make UofM-Ann Arbor a top choice for all Michiganders seeking a career in the classroom. In fact, students may opt to complete their graduate education in Ann Arbor, as the Graduate School of Education is among the very best.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $15,558
    • Out-of-State: $51,200
  • Average Net Price: $16,856
  • # of Applicants 64,917
  • % Admitted: 23%
  • Total Enrollment: 46,716
    • Undergraduate: 30,318 (65%)
    • Graduate: 16,398 (35%)
  • Rank: #62
  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 92%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $79,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $722,576

Cambridge College

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Boston is full of phenomenal educational opportunities and Cambridge College's School of Education is among the very best. ECE specialists can pursue a master's degree at Cambridge's Boston, Lawrence, or Springfield campuses. The degree qualifies graduates to teach pre-K through second grade. The degree is weighted heavily towards fieldwork and will pave the way to licensure in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $16,164
    • Out-of-State: $16,164
  • Average Net Price: $22,462
  • # of Applicants NA
  • % Admitted: NA
  • Total Enrollment: 2,234
    • Undergraduate: 730 (33%)
    • Graduate: 1,504 (67%)
  • Rank: #63
  • Retention Rate: 43%
  • Graduation Rate: 17%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $63,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $540,152

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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For those who are seeking a career path, ECE students at UW-Milwaukee's campus are placed on track to earn a state teaching credential. The program is designed to help graduates work with Wisconsin's increasingly diverse population. Students inform their classroom instruction with fieldwork experiences as well as the all-important student teaching experience. After graduation from the undergraduate program, students may opt for the post-baccalaureate program or graduate school. The MS ECE program focuses on curriculum and instruction.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,526
    • Out-of-State: $21,168
  • Average Net Price: $14,555
  • # of Applicants 11,879
  • % Admitted: 74%
  • Total Enrollment: 27,012
    • Undergraduate: 22,337 (83%)
    • Graduate: 4,675 (17%)
  • Rank: #64
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $66,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $601,780

Brigham Young University-Provo

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Students in BYU-Provo's early childhood education program are in for the academic experience of a lifetime. The university offers a full range of degrees for future educators. Each program, including ECE, that aims to produce licensed Utah teachers will help students stay on track with their state requirements so that they can enter a classroom upon graduation.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $5,790
    • Out-of-State: $5,790
  • Average Net Price: $13,120
  • # of Applicants 11,205
  • % Admitted: 64%
  • Total Enrollment: 34,499
    • Undergraduate: 31,441 (91%)
    • Graduate: 3,058 (9%)
  • Rank: #65
  • Retention Rate: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $75,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $697,520

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Students at UW-Madison are steeped in a long tradition of academic excellence. Early childhood education students are qualified to teach children aged birth through 8 (third grade). The program also prepares students for certification in English as a second language at the early childhood level. Students can also choose to study elementary education, among many other options.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,725
    • Out-of-State: $37,785
  • Average Net Price: $14,169
  • # of Applicants 42,727
  • % Admitted: 52%
  • Total Enrollment: 43,463
    • Undergraduate: 31,705 (73%)
    • Graduate: 11,758 (27%)
  • Rank: #66
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $663,324

University of Maryland-College Park

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Students at the University of Maryland-College Park can major in early childhood education and embark on a career in Maryland’s public-school system. The program maintains competitive standards for students, but the program is well planned so that students are sure to complete all their requirements in a timely fashion. The program only allows one application per student, so they should be sure to not only have a strong GPA but should also fill the application with experiences and other qualifying items.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,779
    • Out-of-State: $36,891
  • Average Net Price: $16,790
  • # of Applicants 33,497
  • % Admitted: 47%
  • Total Enrollment: 41,200
    • Undergraduate: 30,762 (75%)
    • Graduate: 10,438 (25%)
  • Rank: #67
  • Retention Rate: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $77,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $702,840

Stephen F Austin State University

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Students who seek a degree in early childhood education can enroll in the James I. Perkins College of Education (PCOE). The PCOE offers students the opportunity to attain a state teaching credential that covers early childhood through grade 6. After completing an undergraduate degree in ECE, the graduate school offers MEd degrees in early childhood education and elementary education. Students may also choose a supplemental certification in ESL or bilingual education.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $8,844
    • Out-of-State: $18,972
  • Average Net Price: $11,759
  • # of Applicants 10,862
  • % Admitted: 68%
  • Total Enrollment: 13,144
    • Undergraduate: 11,398 (87%)
    • Graduate: 1,746 (13%)
  • Rank: #68
  • Retention Rate: 71%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $62,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $572,964

American InterContinental University (AIU) – Online

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Students who already hold a teaching certificate, but desire deeper training can return for AIU's MEd program. Though the program is aimed at K-8 teachers, certified ECE teachers may appreciate the advanced analysis into educational research. The degree also focuses on curriculum development, organizational issues, leadership issues, and how to address cultural differences among students.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $11,965
    • Out-of-State: $11,965
  • Average Net Price: $12,036
  • # of Applicants NA
  • % Admitted: NA
  • Total Enrollment: 8,777
    • Undergraduate: 7,940 (90%)
    • Graduate: 837 (10%)
  • Rank: #69
  • Retention Rate: 41%
  • Graduation Rate: 17%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 38 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $64,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $591,856

University of Memphis

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Early childhood education students in the University of Memphis' College of Education have a total of four degree options. Undergraduates can pursue a BSEd in human development and learning with a concentration in ECE. Graduate students can pursue a master's degree and subsequent licensure to teach ECE through the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The graduate program also includes an MS degree with an ECE concentration as well as a doctorate, EdD degree.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $9,912
    • Out-of-State: $13,752
  • Average Net Price: $13,174
  • # of Applicants 14,141
  • % Admitted: 84%
  • Total Enrollment: 21,458
    • Undergraduate: 17,233 (80%)
    • Graduate: 4,225 (20%)
  • Rank: #70
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $66,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $607,304

University of Arizona

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Students at the University of Arizona who wish to pursue a career in early childhood education have a number of options. Undergraduate students can pursue a BAE that leads to licensure or go online to pursue a BAS. The applied science degree is a continuation of associate degrees offered by accredited Arizona state institutions. Undergraduates should be aware that only the BAE degree leads to state licensure. Graduate students can pursue an MA with an ECE concentration.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $12,691
    • Out-of-State: $36,718
  • Average Net Price: $15,594
  • # of Applicants 39,941
  • % Admitted: 0.84%
  • Total Enrollment: 44,097
    • Undergraduate: 34,153 (77%)
    • Graduate: 9,944 (23%)
  • Rank: #71
  • Retention Rate: 0.81%
  • Graduation Rate: 0.64%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $72,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $657,624

University of Central Florida

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Orlando-area students have a terrific opportunity to learn in one of Florida's best early childhood education degree programs. In fact, there are two options: a BS in Pre-K through 3rd Grade and a BS in Early Childhood Development. The former program (track 1) leads to state licensure and the childhood development program might provide a strong foundation for graduate work in child psychology or social work.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $6,368
    • Out-of-State: $22,467
  • Average Net Price: $13,016
  • # of Applicants 41,816
  • % Admitted: 0.43%
  • Total Enrollment: 68,475
    • Undergraduate: 58,821 (86%)
    • Graduate: 9,654 (14%)
  • Rank: #72
  • Retention Rate: 0.9%
  • Graduation Rate: 0.73%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 30 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $63,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $577,936

University of Missouri-Columbia

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Early childhood education students in Missouri can attend Mizzou's College of Education and earn their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The BSEd program leads to an initial teaching certificate with the state of Missouri. The program is completed in two phases. Phase one includes 36 hours of fieldwork over two years. Phase two is more intensive, including 90 hours per semester for a total of 360 hours over the last two years of the program.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $10,477
    • Out-of-State: $28,348
  • Average Net Price: $17,833
  • # of Applicants 18,948
  • % Admitted: 78%
  • Total Enrollment: 29,843
    • Undergraduate: 22,484 (75%)
    • Graduate: 7,359 (25%)
  • Rank: #73
  • Retention Rate: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $64,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $568,668

San Jose State University

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SJSU students who have a passion for teaching the youngest students can choose a track that prepares them for California state licensure or two degrees that focus either on development or a community setting. SJSU's MA in Child and Adolescent Development is aimed at teachers or others who work in a child or youth-oriented field. Undergraduate students can also choose a minor in atypical children or child and adolescent development.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $7,852
    • Out-of-State: $19,732
  • Average Net Price: $19,732
  • # of Applicants 36,243
  • % Admitted: 55%
  • Total Enrollment: 35,400
    • Undergraduate: 27,327 (77%)
    • Graduate: 8,073 (23%)
  • Rank: #74
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 26 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $84,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $761,072

Rowan University

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South New Jersey students can prepare to be fully credentialed early childhood education experts at Rowan University. The program prepares students to take classrooms that span an age range of birth through eight years (third grade).Students should be prepared to maintain a high GPA throughout their studies and should also be able to complete fieldwork and student teaching experiences. After graduation, Rowan students might choose to earn a certificate in early childhood special education, among other options.

  • Tuition
    • In-State: $14,000
    • Out-of-State: $22,832
  • Average Net Price: $21,535
  • # of Applicants 14,221
  • % Admitted: 73%
  • Total Enrollment: 19,465
    • Undergraduate: 16,120 (83%)
    • Graduate: 3,345 (17%)
  • Rank: #75
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average Grads Salary: $63,000
  • 10 Year ROI*: $543,860

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