Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in North Carolina

20 Colleges
2,587 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,793 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in North CarolinaOut of the majors we analyze each year, education was ranked 10th in North Carolina. In fact, 2,587 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 2.9% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking, we looked at 20 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Education Schools in North Carolina

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Carolina University. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, WCU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

It takes the average student at WCU about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $15,387 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the WCU is $67,549. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Appalachian State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina list.

It takes the average student at Appalachian State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,137. This means that the average student pays around $95,410 to get a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Wingate University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Wingate, Wingate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Wingate has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at Wingate graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $26,095 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wingate is $110,643. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the large city of Greensboro. In addition to being on our best value list, UNC Greensboro has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at UNC Greensboro graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,093. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Our rankings recognize East Carolina University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. ECU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at ECU, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at ECU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,107 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ECU is $115,915. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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North Carolina State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, NC State has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at NC State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,493. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC State be around $124,799. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UNC Chapel Hill has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in North Carolina ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Chapel Hill is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,820. This means that the average student pays around $109,694 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Our rankings recognize Winston - Salem State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. WSSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WSSU is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,534. This means that the average student pays around $89,856 to get a bachelor’s degree from WSSU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Elizabeth City State University. Located in the distant town of Elizabeth City, ECSU is a public school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at ECSU about 4.7 years to graduate, and it costs about $7,291 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ECSU is $34,049. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

Catawba College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Catawba is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Salisbury.

The average student at Catawba graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,821. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Catawba is $98,857. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,213
Florida 4,383
Virginia 1,712
Georgia 2,694
Alabama 2,026
Tennessee 1,699
West Virginia 586
South Carolina 1,665
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,626
Teacher Education Subject Specific 573
Special Education 242
General Education 65
International Education 45

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,716
Psychology 3,623
Communication & Journalism 3,586
History 890
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 756

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 20 schools only.

  • 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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