College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 35 Best Online Master’s in Teaching

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 35 Best Master’s in Teaching Degrees for 2017.

Today our schools employ three million teachers and rely on 27,000 programs in 2,000 separate institutions for training teachers. The demands on teachers are growing, and the need for highly-skilled and qualified teachers is growing along with it. In hopes to effectively train more teachers in response to the growing need, our colleges and universities are striving to meet the challenge. Many schools are strengthening student teaching, that is the mentor, supervisor, and teacher/candidate’s relationship in the training process because studies show it is perhaps the most vital component.

“Future schoolteachers want to learn the best educational practices possible,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. “But they also want to be sure that their education will prepare them to get a job straight out of school, and get one that will pay enough so they don’t remain mired in debt. That’s why our ranking takes account not only of the academic quality of an institution and its elementary education program, but also of tuition cost versus how much a new teacher can expect to earn.”

College Choice developed its list by looking at three different factors: academic quality, return on investment, and program quality. Data was collected from a variety of publicly accessible sites and databases, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, individual college websites, and the National Council for Teacher Quality rankings from 2016.

The ranking for the 35 Best Master’s in Teaching Degrees for 2017 finds UCLA in the top spot. University of Florida is in second, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Arizona State University-Tempe
Boston College
Brandman University
Brown University
California University of Pennsylvania
Clemson University
Emporia State University
Friends University
Indiana University-Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Michigan State University
Northern Illinois University
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Regis College
Stony Brook University
SUNY at Albany
Teachers College at Columbia University
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Central Missouri
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Florida
University of Houston Downtown
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska Lincoln
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina-Columbia
University of South Florida
University of Texas Dallas
University of the Cumberlands

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.