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

501 Colleges
50,540 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,334 Avg Cost*

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

Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsWith 50,540 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, teacher education grade specific is the #8 most popular major in the United States.

For this year's Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 501 colleges that offer a bachelor's in grade specific ed. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great teacher education grade specific programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the teacher education grade specific program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 25 Teacher Education Grade 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 grade specific students. Located in the remote town of Valley City, Valley City State University is a public college with a small student population. Valley City State University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. 738 of Valley City State University students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 675 part time students in attendance at Valley City State University. Valley City State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The College of New Jersey earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. TCNJ did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

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. 693 of TCNJ students are attending part time. TCNJ does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. 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 offered at Rider, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.3%. There are approximately 813 students at Rider that take at least one class online. There are roughly 986 part time students in attendance at Rider. Rider does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best teacher education grade specific schools for non-traditional students. Towson is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Towson. Towson also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 3.5% of Towson students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,895 students at Towson that take at least one class online. About 4,538 of the students at Towson are attending part time. Towson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida International University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, FIU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

The student loan default rate at FIU is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 25,978 students take at least one class online at FIU. There are roughly 23,256 part time students in attendance at FIU. FIU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public school with a very large student population. UNLV also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at UNLV is lower than is typical, just 6.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 11,188 students at UNLV that take at least one class online. 8,916 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Central Florida earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando. UCF also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific rankings.

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. There are roughly 21,900 part time students in attendance at UCF. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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. CWU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

About 5.8% of CWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 7,872 students at CWU that take at least one class online. 1,774 students are part time. CWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Washington State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the 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 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

The student loan default rate at Wazzu is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. 3,345 students at Wazzu are exclusively online. 4,795 of Wazzu students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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National Louis University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. NLU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

The student loan default rate at NLU is lower than is typical, just 6.6% of students default in three years. 1,946 of NLU students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,792 of the students at NLU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#11

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wilmington University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of New Castle.

About 8.1% of Wilmington University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,750 students at Wilmington University are exclusively online. 9,802 students are part time.

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#12

Kean University

Union, NJ

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kean University. Located in the large suburb of Union, Kean is a public school with a large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. Approximately 826 students take at least one class online at Kean. 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 #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to William Paterson University of New Jersey. William Paterson University is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Wayne.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.6%. There are approximately 2,328 students at William Paterson University that take at least one class online. 2,600 students are part time. William Paterson University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#14

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

Our rankings recognize Mount St Mary's University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of Emmitsburg, Mount St Mary's University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Mount St Mary's University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Mount St Mary’s University is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 195 students take at least one class online at Mount St Mary’s University. 406 students are part time. Mount St Mary’s University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#15

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Our rankings recognize Stevenson University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Stevenson is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

About 6.3% of Stevenson students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,233 students take at least one class online at Stevenson. 815 students are part time. Stevenson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. DePaul also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,606 students take at least one class online at DePaul. 4,252 of DePaul students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at USF Tampa, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific ranking.

The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 18,317 students take at least one class online at USF Tampa. About 12,300 of the students at USF Tampa are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Pacific Lutheran University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 best teacher education grade specific schools for non-traditional students. PLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Tacoma. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, PLU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

About 3.4% of PLU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 215 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#19

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 best teacher education grade specific schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Salisbury excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

About 3.3% of Salisbury students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,259 students take at least one class online at Salisbury. About 970 of the students at Salisbury are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#20

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida Atlantic University. Located in the small city of Boca Raton, FAU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, FAU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

The student loan default rate at FAU is lower than is typical, just 3.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,807 students take at least one class online at FAU. There are roughly 11,210 part time students in attendance at FAU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#21

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 5.2% of Brandman students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 6,199 of Brandman students are exclusively distance learners. About 5,521 of the students at Brandman 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 #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Hays, FHSU is a public college with a 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 students at FHSU are exclusively online. 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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#23

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of North Florida as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNF excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

The student loan default rate at UNF is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 7,429 students take at least one class online at UNF. 5,380 of UNF 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

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University landed the #24 spot in our 2021 best teacher education grade specific schools for non-traditional students. ECU is a very large public school located in the small city of Greenville. ECU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. 6,812 of ECU students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,631 of the students at ECU 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 Hawaii at Manoa landed the #25 spot in our 2021 best teacher education grade specific schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Honolulu, UH Manoa is a public school with a large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UH Manoa also did well on our Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 4.4% of UH Manoa students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,177 students take at least one class online at UH Manoa. 4,381 students are part time. UH Manoa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

#26

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#28

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
#29

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#30

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#31

George Fox University

Newberg, OR
#32

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL
#36

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#38

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#39

Mayville State University

Mayville, ND
#41

National University

La Jolla, CA
#43

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#46

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE
#47

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#48

Athens State University

Athens, AL
#50

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 501 different United States teacher education grade specific schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
52 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
53 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
54 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
55 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
56 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
57 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
58 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
59 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
60 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
61 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
62 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
63 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
64 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
65 University of Delaware Newark, DE
66 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
67 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
68 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
69 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
70 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
71 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
72 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
73 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
74 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
75 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Grade Specific Ed that almost earned our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
76 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
77 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
78 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
79 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
80 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
81 Edgewood College Madison, WI
82 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
83 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
84 Newman University Wichita, KS
85 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
86 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
87 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
88 Utah State University Logan, UT
89 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
90 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
91 Concord University Athens, WV
92 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
93 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
94 Baylor University Waco, TX
95 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
96 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
97 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
98 Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, GA
99 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
100 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN

Teacher Education Grade Specific by Region

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One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, Teacher Education Grade Specific has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Subject Specific 40,256
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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