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2021 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

521 Colleges
$7,445 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$44,622 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 100,925 degrees and certificates were awarded to teacher education grade specific students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are so many teaching programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Teaching Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 521 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best value experiences for grade specific ed students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. 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.

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

2021 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the grade specific ed master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Grade Specific Ed

#1

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Our analysis found Otterbein University to be the best value school for teacher education grade specific students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Westerville, Otterbein is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Otterbein are $945 a year.

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#2

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Catawba College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. Catawba is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salisbury.

Catawba graduate students pay an average of $2,280 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Fitchburg State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value teacher education grade specific schools in the United States. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Fitchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Fitchburg State are $5,742 per year. On average, grade specific ed graduates from Fitchburg State take out $10,072 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

Fitchburg State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Mayville State University is a great value for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. Mayville State University is a small public school located in the remote area of Mayville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Mayville State University are $6,048 a year.

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#5

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Stevenson University is a great value for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Stevenson are $8,040 per year.

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#6

Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

Valley City State University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree teacher education grade specific programs. Located in the town of Valley City, Valley City State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Valley City State University are $7,240 a year.

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Concordia University, Irvine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Concordia University, Irvine are $7,953 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Concordia University, Irvine also did well on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA

Cabrini University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Radnor, Cabrini University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Cabrini University are $6,305 per year.

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#9

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Simpson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Indianola.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Simpson College are $8,633 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from Simpson College carry an average student debtload of $28,269.

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#10

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree teacher education grade specific programs. Located in the large suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Westfield are $6,498 a year. While working on their Master's Degree, grade specific ed majors at Westfield accumulate an average of around $11,779 in student debt.

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#11

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. Worcester State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Worcester State are $5,796 per year.

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Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

BYU graduate students pay an average of $7,290 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

University of Sioux Falls did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. University of Sioux Falls is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Sioux Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at University of Sioux Falls are $7,020 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, grade specific ed majors at University of Sioux Falls accumulate an average of around $22,572 in student debt.

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#14

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Cumberlands graduate students pay an average of $5,970 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that grade specific ed majors at Cumberlands take out while working on their Master's Degree is $18,848. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $182.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 a year.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

UT Permian Basin graduate students pay an average of $6,664 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Hamline are $9,596 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from Hamline carry an average student debtload of $48,156. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $446, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Hamline also claimed a spot on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#18

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at McDaniel are $9,280 a year. On average, grade specific ed graduates from McDaniel take out $32,155 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

McDaniel also claimed a spot on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#19

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

With a ranking of #19, Viterbo University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of La Crosse, Viterbo is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Viterbo graduate students pay an average of $8,864 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #20, Black Hills State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. BHSU is a small public school located in the distant town of Spearfish.

BHSU graduate students pay an average of $8,384 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from BHSU carry an average student debtload of $20,169. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $236.

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#21

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for teacher education grade specific students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Providence are $9,660 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Providence is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#22

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Des Moines.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Drake are $11,818 a year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from Drake carry an average student debtload of $31,675. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $364, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Drake excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#23

Piedmont College

Demorest, GA

Piedmont College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree teacher education grade specific programs. Located in the distant town of Demorest, Piedmont College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Piedmont College are $10,334 a year. On average, grade specific ed graduates from Piedmont College take out $22,261 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $250, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Piedmont College also claimed a spot on our Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#24

Louisiana College

Pineville, LA

With a ranking of #24, Louisiana College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. Louisiana College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Pineville.

Louisiana College graduate students pay an average of $7,816 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from Louisiana College carry an average student debtload of $20,986. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $201.

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#25

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA

With a ranking of #25, Heritage University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for teacher education grade specific students working on their master’s degree. Heritage University is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Toppenish.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Heritage University are $9,476 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, grade specific ed graduates from Heritage University carry an average student debtload of $36,915. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $429, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree Schools

#26

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#27

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
#27

American International College

Springfield, MA
#30

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD
#32

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI
#34

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, IN
#36

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#38

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#38

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#40

Greenville University

Greenville, IL
#40

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#42

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA
#43

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#44

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#45

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN
#47

Alverno College

Milwaukee, WI
#48

University of Saint Mary

Leavenworth, KS
#48

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 521 different United States teacher education grade specific schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
52 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
53 West Liberty University West Liberty, WV
54 Friends University Wichita, KS
54 Spalding University Louisville, KY
56 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
57 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
58 Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC
59 Muskingum University New Concord, OH
60 Wingate University Wingate, NC
60 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
62 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
62 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
64 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
65 Reinhardt University Waleska, GA
66 National Louis University Chicago, IL
67 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
68 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
69 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
70 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
71 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, OK
71 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
73 Relay Graduate School of Education New York, NY
74 Aurora University Aurora, IL
75 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
76 Evangel University Springfield, MO
76 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
78 Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV
78 Adams State University Alamosa, CO

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Teacher Education Grade Specific students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
80 Asbury University Wilmore, KY
81 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
82 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
83 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
84 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
85 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
86 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
87 Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH
87 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
89 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
90 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
91 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
92 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
93 Converse College Spartanburg, SC
94 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
94 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX
96 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
96 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
98 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
99 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
99 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
101 Marywood University Scranton, PA
101 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
103 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC
103 Harding University Searcy, AR

Teacher Education Grade Specific by Region

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

Teacher Education Grade Specific is one of 14 different types of teaching programs to choose from.

Grade Specific Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Elementary Education 39,946
Early Childhood Education 31,056
Secondary Education 9,585
Teacher Education 7,895
Teacher Development & Methodology 5,446
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 3,330
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 2,085
Adult & Continuing Education 1,222
Montessori Teacher Education 360

Majors Similar to Grade Specific Ed

Related Major Annual Graduates
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

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 Vgrigas.

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