College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 35 Best Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.
In a changing economy and amidst wrangling over education budgets, the burden on teachers can be quite heavy. Not only do elementary teachers have to develop engaging content to teach, but they also have to manage sometimes upwards of 30 kids. Further, many schools face shortages of teachers. The need for good elementary education programs has never been greater.
“The stress being placed on research-based and data-driven teaching means that new elementary teachers need to be equipped as well as possible,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. “We take our education-related rankings very seriously, because we want to help future teachers find the best education that they can.”
College Choice developed its list by looking at three different factors: academic quality, return on investment, and program quality. Data was collected from a variety of publicly accessible sites and databases, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, individual college websites, and the National Council for Teacher Quality rankings from 2016.
The ranking for the 35 Best Elementary Education Degrees for 2017 finds Purdue University in the top spot. Texas A&M University is in second, and Marshall University rounds out the top three.
The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Arizona State University – Tempe
Brigham Young University-Provo
CUNY Hunter College
Dallas Baptist University
High Point University
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Louisiana Tech University
Southern Methodist University
Texas A & M University – College Station
The College of New Jersey
The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Arkansas
University of Dayton
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Iowa
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Richmond
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Wyoming
York College Pennsylvania
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.