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2022 Best Elementary Education Schools

846 Colleges in the United States
39,425 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded
Elementary Education is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #19 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 846 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for elementary education students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 39,425 degrees in elementary education during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Elementary Education School

Best Elementary Education Schools The elementary teaching program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Elementary Education rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for elementary education schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Elementary Education Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Elementary Education Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Elementary Education in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of elementary teaching degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Elementary Teaching

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In CA

It's difficult to beat Stanford University if you want to pursue a degree in elementary education. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 25 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In IL
37 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat University of Chicago if you wish to pursue a degree in elementary education. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 37 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In PA

University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in elementary education. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 11 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA
33 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Boston College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in elementary education. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were about 33 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ
137 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 49 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were about 137 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at TCNJ in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in elementary education from The College of New Jersey

#6

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
56 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #59 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means SCU is a great university overall.

There were about 56 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TN
31 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 31 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in elementary education from Vanderbilt University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
26th Most Popular In NY

Located in the city of New York, Bank Street College of Education is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

There were about 12 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Bank Street College of Education in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD
53 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

UMCP is a very large public university located in the suburb of College Park. A Best Schools rank of #74 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UMCP is a great university overall.

There were about 53 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In NY
51 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #53 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were about 51 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DE
135 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

UD is a very large public university located in the suburb of Newark. This university ranks 1st out of 6 colleges for overall quality in the state of Delaware.

There were roughly 135 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in elementary education from University of Delaware

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MI
33 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 33 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
27th Most Popular In NY
38 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #43 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Teachers College is a great university overall.

There were about 38 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In WA
72 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 58 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 72 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in elementary education from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
71 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were about 71 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Towson University

Towson, MD
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
123 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Towson, Towson is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 39 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 123 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Towson in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In WI
130 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were roughly 130 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49th Most Popular In NY

Located in the city of Riverdale, Manhattan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 25th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 7 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Manhattan in the most recent data year.

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#19

American University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
41 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. This university ranks 3rd out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 41 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent data year.

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#20

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IA
288 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 5th out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were approximately 288 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UNI in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in elementary education from University of Northern Iowa

#21

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In FL
159 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 159 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In GA

Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 8 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in elementary education from University of Georgia

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
255 Elementary Teaching Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 255 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Illinois State in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in elementary education from Illinois State University

#24

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
23rd Most Popular In TX

Located in the large city of San Antonio, Trinity U is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 6th out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 8 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Trinity U in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in elementary education from Trinity University

#25

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, IL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In IL

Wheaton College Illinois is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Wheaton. This college ranks 5th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 28 elementary education students who graduated with this degree at Wheaton College Illinois in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Elementary Education Schools

#25

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, IL
#26

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN
#27

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#28

Elon University

Elon, NC
#29

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
#30

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#31

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

#32

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

#35

Boston University

Boston, MA
#36

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#37

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#39

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

#41

Baylor University

Waco, TX

#42

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#45

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#46

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#48

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Elementary Education Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 846 different United States elementary education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
51 Hope College Holland, MI
52 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
53 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
54 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
55 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
56 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
57 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
58 Pace University - New York New York, NY
59 Fordham University Bronx, NY
59 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
61 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
62 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
63 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
64 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
65 Luther College Decorah, IA
66 Winona State University Winona, MN
67 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
68 Chapman University Orange, CA
69 Drake University Des Moines, IA
70 Stonehill College Easton, MA
71 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
72 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
73 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
74 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
75 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
76 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
77 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
78 Florida International University Miami, FL
79 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
80 Linfield University - McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR
81 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
82 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
83 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
84 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
85 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
86 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
87 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
88 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
89 Howard University Washington, DC
90 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
91 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
92 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
93 Alfred University Alfred, NY
94 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
95 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
96 Clemson University Clemson, SC
97 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
98 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
99 Auburn University Auburn, AL
100 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
101 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
102 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
103 Hunter College New York, NY
104 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
105 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
106 Valley City State University Valley City, ND
107 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
108 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
109 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
110 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
111 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
112 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
113 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
114 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
115 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
116 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
117 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
118 Central College Pella, IA
119 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
120 North Central College Naperville, IL
121 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
122 Bradley University Peoria, IL
123 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
124 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
125 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
126 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Elementary Education students that almost earned our Best Elementary Education Schools award.

Rank College Location
127 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
128 Kean University Union, NJ
129 Dordt University Sioux Center, IA
130 Taylor University Upland, IN
131 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
132 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
133 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
134 University of Portland Portland, OR
135 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
136 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
137 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
138 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
139 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
140 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
141 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
142 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
143 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
144 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
145 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
146 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
147 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
148 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
149 Hanover College Hanover, IN
150 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
151 Simpson College Indianola, IA
152 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
153 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
154 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
155 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
156 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
157 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
158 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
159 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
160 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
161 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
162 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
163 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
164 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
165 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
166 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
167 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
168 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
169 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI

Elementary Education by Region

View the Best Elementary Education Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Elementary Education is one of 11 different types of Teacher Education Grade Specific programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Elementary Teaching

Related Major Annual Graduates
Early Childhood Education 23,495
Secondary Education 8,973
Teacher Education 7,106
Teacher Development & Methodology 4,041
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 3,356
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 1,623
Adult & Continuing Education 931
Montessori Teacher Education 198
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods 190
Online Educator/Online Teaching 30

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Vgrigas.

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