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2021 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

257 Colleges
21,322 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,485 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsTeacher Education Subject Specific is the #26th most popular major in the country with 21,322 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 257 colleges that offer a bachelor's in subject specific ed. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent teacher education subject specific programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the teacher education subject specific program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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 Subject Specific Ed Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 25 Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

Valley City State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional teacher education subject specific students. Located in the town of Valley City, Valley City State University is a public college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Valley City State University also did well on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 7.4% of Valley City State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 738 of Valley City State University students are exclusively distance learners. About 675 of the students at Valley City State University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The College of New Jersey earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public college with a medium-sized student population. TCNJ also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific rankings.

About 2.4% of TCNJ students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 306 students take at least one class online at TCNJ. About 693 of the students at TCNJ are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a very large student population. UF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 21,513 students take at least one class online at UF. There are roughly 8,083 part time students in attendance at UF. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best teacher education subject specific schools for non-traditional students. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. Florida State also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. Approximately 14,515 students take at least one class online at Florida State. 6,270 students are part time. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best teacher education subject specific schools for non-traditional students. Towson is a very large public school located in the city of Towson. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Towson is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The student loan default rate at Towson is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Towson. There are roughly 4,538 part time students in attendance at Towson. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Our rankings recognize University of Louisville as the #6 school in this year's rankings. UofL is a fairly large public school located in the city of Louisville. UofL did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

About 6.4% of UofL students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,004 students take at least one class online at UofL. About 5,494 of the students at UofL are attending part time. UofL does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. All 121,437 students take classes exclusively online at WGU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Central Washington University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. CWU is a large public school located in the distant town of Ellensburg.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.8%. There are approximately 7,872 students at CWU that take at least one class online. 1,774 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UW - Stout is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. There are approximately 2,378 students at UW - Stout that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,338 part time students in attendance at UW - Stout. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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North Carolina State University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. NC State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The student loan default rate at NC State is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 11,555 students take at least one class online at NC State. 7,111 of NC State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Fort Hays State University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Hays, FHSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at FHSU is lower than is typical, just 6.5% of students default in three years. 11,012 of FHSU students are exclusively distance learners. 9,065 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#12

Athens State University

Athens, AL

Athens State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Athens State University is a small public school located in the fringe town of Athens.

About 7.5% of Athens State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,049 students at Athens State University are exclusively online. About 1,815 of the students at Athens State University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#13

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rowan is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Glassboro. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rowan also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. There are approximately 4,688 students at Rowan that take at least one class online. 3,804 students are part time. Rowan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#14

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Our rankings recognize Western Washington University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a fairly large student population. WWU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

About 2.7% of WWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 692 students at WWU that take at least one class online. 1,502 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best teacher education subject specific schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific ranking.

The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 18,317 students at USF Tampa that take at least one class online. 12,300 students are part time. USF Tampa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. About 1,670 of the students at Penn State University Park are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Washington State University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Wazzu is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. 3,345 students at Wazzu are exclusively online. There are roughly 4,795 part time students in attendance at Wazzu. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#18

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best teacher education subject specific schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rider also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific ranking.

About 4.3% of Rider students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 813 students take at least one class online at Rider. About 986 of the students at Rider are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#19

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GMU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific ranking.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 11,606 part time students in attendance at GMU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Illinois State University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Illinois State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Illinois State. There are roughly 2,428 part time students in attendance at Illinois State. Illinois State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Appalachian State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 best teacher education subject specific schools for non-traditional students. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

About 3.6% of Appalachian State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,750 students take at least one class online at Appalachian State. 1,817 of Appalachian State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#22

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Morningside College comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Morningside is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Sioux City.

The student loan default rate at Morningside is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. 1,457 of Morningside students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Florida as the #23 school in this year's rankings. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UCF is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. There are approximately 29,001 students at UCF that take at least one class online. 21,900 of UCF students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#24

Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Union, Kean is a public college with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. There are approximately 826 students at Kean that take at least one class online. About 3,382 of the students at Kean are attending part time. Kean does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Dakota State University - Main Campus. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo. North Dakota State University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific list.

About 2.6% of North Dakota State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. 2,527 of North Dakota State University students are attending part time. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#29

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#30

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#32

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#33

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY
#35

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#36

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE
#37

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
39 Baylor University Waco, TX
40 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
41 Auburn University Auburn, AL
42 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
43 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
44 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
45 New York University New York, NY
46 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
47 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
48 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
49 DePaul University Chicago, IL
50 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
51 Chadron State College Chadron, NE

Teacher Education Subject Specific by Region

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Teacher Education Subject Specific is one of 14 different types of Education programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 88,570
Educational Administration 35,008
General Education 29,223
Special Education 27,544
Curriculum & Instruction 17,537

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 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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