Education

2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Tennessee

15 Colleges
1,699 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,038 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in TennesseeEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Tennessee. With 1,699 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.9% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Tennessee ranking looked at 15 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on education schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Tennessee

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lee University. Lee University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Cleveland. In addition to being on our best value list, Lee University has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee ranking.

It takes the average student at Lee University about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,599. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lee University is $97,628. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Freed - Hardeman University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Henderson, Freed - Hardeman is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Freed - Hardeman has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee ranking.

The average student at Freed - Hardeman graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,207. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Freed - Hardeman is about $88,645. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Martin, UT Martin is a public college with a medium-sized student population. UT Martin also made our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee list, coming in at #7.

At UT Martin, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,101. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin is about $81,636. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, TN

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Carson - Newman University. Carson - Newman is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Jefferson City. In addition to being on our best value list, Carson - Newman has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee ranking.

At Carson - Newman, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,290. 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 Carson - Newman is $94,287. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. U of Memphis is a very large public school located in the large city of Memphis. U of Memphis also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee rankings.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at U of Memphis to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,599. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Memphis is $101,083. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Lincoln Memorial University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. LMU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Harrogate.

It takes the average student at LMU about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,771. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the LMU is $88,826. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville. Lipscomb did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee list.

The average student at Lipscomb graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,707. This means that the average student pays around $133,169 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Tennessee Technological University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Tennessee Tech University also made our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee list, coming in at #4.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Tennessee Tech University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,120. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University be around $132,787. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Tennessee Wesleyan University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. TWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Athens.

At TWU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,081. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from TWU be around $84,720. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Middle Tennessee State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Middle Tennessee State University is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee State University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Tennessee rankings.

At Middle Tennessee State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,337. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University is about $130,917. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools 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
West Virginia 586
North Carolina 2,584
South Carolina 1,665
Alabama 2,026
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,184
Special Education 213
Teacher Education Subject Specific 192
General Education 67
Other Education 25

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,162
Psychology 1,889
Communication & Journalism 1,630
History 527
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 437

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 15 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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