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2021 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools

412 Colleges
$49,708 Avg Salary
$36,052 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Curriculum & Instruction School for You

With 18,767 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, curriculum and instruction is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which teaching program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Teaching Degree Search has developed this Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. This report analyzed 412 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for teaching students.

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2021 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for curriculum majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Curriculum

Our analysis found University of Maryland - Baltimore County to be the best school for curriculum and instruction students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. UMBC is a large public school located in the large suburb of Baltimore.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from UMBC carry an average student debtload of $28,175. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $328.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means St John’s University - New York is a great place for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the large city of Queens, STJ is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, curriculum graduates from STJ take out $55,564 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $647, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Brandman University is a great place for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#4

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

The excellent programs at Drake University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines.

Curriculum majors at Drake take out an average of $13,518 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $158, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Mercer University

Macon, GA

The excellent programs at Mercer University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at Mercer accumulate an average of around $68,031 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $793.

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Concordia University - Irvine ranked #6 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University Irvine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Curriculum majors at Concordia University Irvine take out an average of $20,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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#8

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

With a ranking of #8, Elizabethtown College did quite well on this year’s best schools for curriculum and instruction students. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown.

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#9

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the city of Scranton, Scranton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at Scranton accumulate an average of around $27,333 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $318.

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#10

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #12 on the list. Carolina is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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#13

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

On average, curriculum graduates from Boston College take out $20,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #14 on the list. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster.

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#15

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

With a ranking of #15, Fordham University did quite well on this year’s best schools for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#16

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a large student population.

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#17

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of St Francis ranked #18 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Joliet.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from University of Saint Francis carry an average student debtload of $13,497. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $157.

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#19

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Curriculum majors at U of F take out an average of $37,382 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $436.

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#20

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

With a ranking of #20, Texas Christian University did quite well on this year’s best schools for curriculum and instruction students. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth.

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With a ranking of #21, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s best schools for curriculum and instruction students. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station.

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#22

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#23

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#24

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

University of Redlands landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the small city of Redlands, U of Redlands is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#25

Mount Marty University

Yankton, SD

Mount Marty University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Located in the remote town of Yankton, Mount Marty is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools

#26

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#27

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL
#28

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#29

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#30

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#31

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#32

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#34

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#37

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA
#38

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#39

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#41

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#42

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#43

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT
#44

North Central College

Naperville, IL
#45

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#47

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 412 different United States curriculum and instruction schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Curriculum & Instruction students that almost earned our Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools award.

Rank College Location
52 Piedmont College Demorest, GA
53 Iowa State University Ames, IA
54 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
55 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
56 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
57 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
58 Gannon University Erie, PA
59 Spalding University Louisville, KY
60 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
61 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
62 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
63 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
64 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
65 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
66 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
66 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
68 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Curriculum & Instruction by Region

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

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, curriculum and instruction has other similar majors worth exploring.

Curriculum Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 Disarnot.

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