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2021 Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools

487 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 Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. This report analyzed 487 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Curriculum & Instruction program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Colleges.

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular school in the United States for curriculum and instruction students. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

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The excellent programs at Concordia University - Portland helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Concordia University - Portland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland.

Curriculum majors at Concordia University - Portland 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arizona State University - Skysong. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#4

American College of Education

Indianapolis, IN

The excellent programs at American College of Education helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, American College of Education is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Out of the 487 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, George Mason University landed the # 5 spot on the list. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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The University of Texas at Arlington landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Piedmont College

Demorest, GA

Piedmont College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the distant town of Demorest, Piedmont College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Piedmont College take out is $26,346. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $307, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

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#9

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from Cumberlands carry an average student debt load of $10,774. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $126.

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#10

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Bourbonnais, Olivet Nazarene is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from Olivet Nazarene carry an average student debt load of $13,378. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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Arkansas State University - Main Campus landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular curriculum and instruction programs. A-State is a large public school located in the city of Jonesboro.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at A-State accumulate an average of around $16,044 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $187, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular curriculum and instruction programs. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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Concordia University, Irvine landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Concordia University, Irvine take out is $20,500. 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 Nevada - Las Vegas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at UNLV accumulate an average of around $20,681 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, curriculum graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debt load of $37,404. 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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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at UMCP take out is $33,097. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $386.

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Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. It came in at #18 on the list. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at SNHU take out is $31,321. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $365, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of St Francis ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools list. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Joliet.

Curriculum majors at University of Saint Francis take out an average of $13,497 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 $157.

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With a ranking of #20, National Louis University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. NLU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

On average, curriculum graduates from NLU 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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#21

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

With a ranking of #21, Fitchburg State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg.

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#22

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University, Chicago landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular curriculum and instruction programs. Concordia University, Chicago is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of River Forest.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at Concordia University, Chicago accumulate an average of around $15,045 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $175, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Doane University

Crete, NE

With a ranking of #23, Doane University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the distant town of Crete, Doane Crete is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at Doane Crete accumulate an average of around $8,750 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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With a ranking of #24, The University of West Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for curriculum and instruction students. Located in the city of Pensacola, UWF is a public college with a large student population.

Curriculum majors at UWF take out an average of $38,296 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 $446.

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University of Connecticut came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, curriculum majors at UCONN accumulate an average of around $24,583 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $286.

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#26

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#27

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#28

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#29

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#32

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#33

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#33

Peru State College

Peru, NE
#35

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#36

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#38

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN
#39

Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY
#40

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#41

Boston University

Boston, MA
#44

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#45

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN
#48

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#49

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 487 different United States curriculum and instruction schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
52 Florida International University Miami, FL
52 University of Mississippi University, MS
54 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
54 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
54 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
57 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Shreveport, LA
58 Ashland University Ashland, OH
58 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
60 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
60 Illinois State University Normal, IL
62 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
63 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
64 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
64 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
66 William Woods University Fulton, MO
67 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
67 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
69 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
69 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
71 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
71 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
73 Portland State University Portland, OR

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Curriculum & Instruction students that almost earned our Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Schools award.

Rank College Location
74 Gordon College Wenham, MA
75 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
75 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
77 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
78 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
79 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
80 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
81 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
82 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
83 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
84 Columbia College Columbia, MO
84 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
86 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
86 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
86 Gannon University Erie, PA
89 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
90 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
91 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
91 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
91 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
91 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
91 Augusta University Augusta, GA
96 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
96 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
96 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
96 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
96 Drake University Des Moines, IA

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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