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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alabama

12 Colleges
2,026 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,266 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in AlabamaEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Alabama. With 2,026 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 4th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.3% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alabama ranking looked at 12 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great education programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the education program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Alabama

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying education.

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Athens State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Alabama that are best for non-traditional education students. Located in the town of Athens, Athens State University is a public college with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at Athens State University is lower than is typical, just 7.5% of students default in three years. 2,049 students at Athens State University are exclusively online. 1,815 students are part time. Athens State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Jacksonville State University. Located in the suburb of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Jacksonville State University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

There are approximately 3,981 students at Jacksonville State University that take at least one class online. 2,772 students are part time. Jacksonville State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Our rankings recognize Auburn University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Auburn, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama ranking.

About 3.6% of Auburn students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,589 students at Auburn that take at least one class online. 4,634 students are part time. Auburn does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa. UA also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama rankings.

The student loan default rate at UA is lower than is typical, just 5.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 11,148 students at UA that take at least one class online. 5,352 students are part time. UA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Birmingham, UAB is a public school with a very large student population. UAB also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama rankings.

The student loan default rate at UAB is lower than is typical, just 5.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,935 students at UAB that take at least one class online. About 7,703 of the students at UAB are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Alabama as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Mobile, USA is a public school with a large student population. USA also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #6.

About 8.4% of USA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,671 students at USA that take at least one class online. 2,511 of USA students are attending part time. USA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Alabama earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Florence. UNA also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #7.

Approximately 2,762 students take at least one class online at UNA. About 2,190 of the students at UNA are attending part time. UNA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Our rankings recognize Alabama State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Montgomery, Alabama State is a public school with a small student population. Alabama State also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #8.

437 students at Alabama State are exclusively online. About 479 of the students at Alabama State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Montevallo, Montevallo is a public school with a small student population. Montevallo also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama rankings.

About 7.3% of Montevallo students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 615 students at Montevallo that take at least one class online. There are roughly 410 part time students in attendance at Montevallo. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

University of West Alabama landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. University of West Alabama is a medium-sized public school located in the remote area of Livingston. University of West Alabama also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #9.

The student loan default rate at University of West Alabama is lower than is typical, just 7.8% of students default in three years. 3,374 of University of West Alabama students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 445 part time students in attendance at University of West Alabama. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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
Tennessee 1,699
North Carolina 2,584
South Carolina 1,665
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,229
Teacher Education Subject Specific 911
Special Education 441
Educational Administration 423
Student Counseling 241

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Journalism 1,899
Psychology 1,865
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,371
Social Sciences 1,359
History 523

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 12 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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