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2021 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

110 Colleges
$15,681 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$69,613 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor's Degree 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.

The Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Teaching Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 110 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value doctor's degree programs for curriculum students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the curriculum doctor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 15% Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor's Degree Schools

#1

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

Our analysis found Concordia University, Chicago to be the best value school for curriculum and instruction students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. Concordia University, Chicago is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of River Forest.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Chicago are $9,180 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Concordia University, Chicago also did well on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

McKendree University

Lebanon, IL

Out of the 110 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, McKendree University landed the # 2 spot on the list. McKendree is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lebanon.

McKendree graduate students pay an average of $9,522 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Piedmont College

Demorest, GA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Piedmont College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Demorest, Piedmont College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Piedmont College graduate students pay an average of $10,334 in tuition and fees each year.

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Out of the 110 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois State University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Illinois State are $11,030 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Illinois State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northern Illinois University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at NIU are $11,280 a year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at NIU take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $42,333.

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#6

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Macon.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Mercer are $15,722 per year. Curriculum majors at Mercer take out an average of $74,382 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $793.

Mercer excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

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#7

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. USD is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Vermillion.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at USD are $12,637 a year.

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#8

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner - Webb University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the town of Boiling Springs, Gardner - Webb is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Gardner - Webb are $9,050 per year. While working on their Doctor's Degree, curriculum majors at Gardner - Webb accumulate an average of around $53,119 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $549, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

With a ranking of #9, Aurora University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their doctor’s degree. Aurora is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Aurora.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Aurora are $12,600 per year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, curriculum graduates from Aurora carry an average student debtload of $48,626.

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Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Texas A&M College Station are $22,196 per year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, curriculum graduates from Texas A&M College Station carry an average student debtload of $71,738. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $855, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Texas A&M College Station also made our Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list, coming in at #4.

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#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Liberty University are $8,400 per year.

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National Louis University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. NLU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at NLU are $12,096 per year.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the city of Edinburg, UT Rio Grande Valley is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UT Rio Grande Valley are $14,724 a year.

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#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Texas Tech are $15,651 a year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $81,591. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $877.

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#15

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. UofM is a very large public school located in the city of Memphis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UofM are $14,202 a year. Curriculum majors at UofM take out an average of $57,996 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $533.

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#16

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. UW is a fairly large public school located in the town of Laramie.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UW are $16,009 per year.

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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 Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
18 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
19 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
20 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
21 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
22 University of Houston Houston, TX
22 Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA

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.

  • 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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