Continuing education for the educator is crucial.

Masters in Teaching

Our society is built on the next generation, and for those charged with the responsibility of educating the youth, continuing to learn and develop is imperative.

There are many roads that lead to a teaching career. Most often, men and women earn a B.S. in Education that ends in licensure. Teachers with a license then often to choose to, or are required to, grow professionally through a Master in Education, Master of Science in Education, or a Master of Arts in Teaching in a content area.

We also have the Best Online Master’s in Education ranking for those who need the flexibility and convenience that offers.

MAT coursework is directed at improving teacher performance through such topics as methodology, teaching styles, identifying the diversity in student learning styles, and creating differentiated instruction and assessments.

The difference in these degrees varies: Some are terminal, meaning they do not lead to a Ph.D., while others may be more rigorous or require greater research components or field experience. Most MA, MS, or MEd take approximately two years to complete.

Another common road is for the college graduate who did not gain initial licensure but desires to teach. This can be intentional or result from a later life decision to answer the noble calling to teach. Men and women who find themselves at this fork in the road have the option of finding a Master degree leading to licensure.

The most common is a Master of Arts in Teaching, though there are many content specific Master of Arts or Science degrees that also lead to licensure. Some of the latter may require a bachelor’s more in line with the particular focus of the degree. For example, an MA in Mathematics Education may have a certain number of credit hours in math required for admission.

In regards to the MAT, many require a bachelor’s with no specific content area requirements for admission. The MAT degree is akin to a four-year undergraduate teaching degree crammed into two years. It generally features coursework, practical skills, and a student teaching capstone project.

In regards to the MAT, many require a bachelor’s with no specific content area requirements for admission. The MAT degree is akin to a four-year undergraduate teaching degree crammed into two years. It generally features coursework, practical skills, and a student teaching capstone project.

Whether you are currently a teacher seeking to move up in your career, gain leadership skills, earn endorsements, gain content-knowledge, or learn best-practices, there are many Master of Arts degrees that fit the bill.   Some programs are specifically tailored for full-time teachers and can be on campus, online, or a hybrid.

If you are seeking to become a licensed teacher, many colleges offer on-campus, online, or hybrid MAT degrees streamlined and tailored for our fast-paced society. Wherever you find yourself in the journey, we here at College Choice want to help you make a well-informed decision. Using criteria to form a school’s reputation score, calculated using selected categories of statistics from publicly available sources such as

Some programs are specifically tailored for full-time teachers and can be on campus, online, or a hybrid.   If you are seeking to become a licensed teacher, many colleges offer on-campus, online, or hybrid MAT degrees streamlined and tailored for our fast-paced society.

Wherever you find yourself in the journey, we here at College Choice want to help you make a well-informed decision. Using criteria to form a school’s reputation score, calculated using selected categories of statistics from publicly available sources such as

Using criteria to form a school’s reputation score, calculated using selected categories of statistics from publicly available sources such as U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and college websites, an affordability rating using average tuition and fees and the mean salary 10 years after graduation, we produced the Top 35 Master of Arts in Teaching and Education Schools. We hope this source can be

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University of California-Los Angeles

College Choice Score: 100

Average Tuition: $12,763

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Founded in 1919, and now one of the most successful and preeminent schools in the nation, the University of California-Los Angeles makes a significant impact. Located on 419 acres in Westwood, the University enrolls approximately 44,000 total students.

Teacher Prep at UCLA is distinct. IMPACT is an innovative teacher education program developed in partnership with UCLA Center X TEP, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Center for Powerful Public Schools. Programs are especially STEM-focused and currently are only offered in Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Elementary Education. The program is a mentorship model with student cohorts. Starting on day one, students are in the classroom with mentor teachers as Apprentices. After the first year, Apprentices have their California Preliminary Credentials. The next year, students have their own classroom and are supported by UCLA faculty and their peer cohort as they complete an inquiry project before their graduation from the program. The amazing part of this program is the collaboration and connection to community. On top of that, there are $20,000 fellowships for Apprentices and currently there is a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. This unique program has gained national recognition, has been featured in the LA Times, and graduates have received outstanding accolades. Click here for more information as well as a documentary about the program. There is no doubt that the IMPACT MAT program belongs at the top of the list.


University of Florida

College Choice Score: 93.40

Average Tuition: $6,381

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With approximately 37,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate students, the University of Florida is a sizable university offering ample choice and flexibility. Research is a focus with a record $724 million last fiscal year. Commendably, 56 percent of students graduate with no student loan debt.

With the third lowest tuition and fees on our list at $6,400, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation one of the highest at $60,300, the financial consideration is a slam-dunk. Practicing teachers will be pleased to find Master of Art in Education degrees offering flexible formats at an affordable price. The MAE degree is offered in eight different concentrations designed for teachers to deepen skill and craft. To mention one, the MAE in Reading Education is an exceptional literacy program that helps teachers move up in their careers or into leadership and mentoring roles. The program is 36 total credits with a capstone research project or thesis; it can be pursued online, on-campus, or in a hybrid format. There are also programs available for those seeking certification as well. For example, a Master of Arts in Art Education is offered through Florida’s Educators Preparation Institute, which allows students to earn a Master’s degree and a K-12 Florida Art Teacher Certification. With so many options for continuing education and teacher licensure, the University of Florida is top-notch.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College Choice Score: 89.50

Average Tuition: $15,054

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“With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience.” In step with their mission, University of Illinois does just that. Located in the twin cities Champaign-Urbana, it is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System and home to 43,000 total students.

There are incredible choices in multiple formats for teachers who are seeking to grow in knowledge, skill, or leadership. MA degrees in Curriculum, Aesthetics & Teacher Education, Language & Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Engineering Education, Social Sciences & Education Policy, and Teacher Leader Specialization all take students to the next level. There is also Master plus Licensure programs in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education. All applicants apply through the Graduate College’s online Apply Yourself Application Network. Requirements include letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and passing scores of various tests depending on the program (though a GRE is not required for MA degrees in the College of Education). Worth noting, if you’re interested in early childhood or special education degrees, 100 percent of 2014 graduates were employed. Lastly, in terms of deciding, the financial aspect of UI is a draw. Tuition and fees are $15,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is a respectable $65,400.


SUNY at Albany

College Choice Score: 88.20

Average Tuition: $8,996

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Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the University of Albany was established in 1844 as the State Normal School of Albany. Today, it is known for business, criminal justice, information technology, public administration, science, and the incredible study abroad opportunities. There are 17,000 total students, over 1000 study abroad options, and 120 undergraduate and 125 graduate programs.

With UAlbany’s roots as a normal school and motto “Wisdom both for its own sake and for the sake of teaching” it comes as no surprise that there are exceptional teacher education programs. The School of Education has 19 outstanding Master of Arts and Master of Science programs, including popular online degrees. These master’s degrees require a minimum of 30 to 67 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. Specifically, UAlbany offers MA degrees for teachers looking for professional development in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology, General Educational Studies, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Reading, Literacy, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Many of these programs are available online, and uniquely, there is as a certificate program that prepares educators to teach online. Tuition and fees are $9,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $55,300.


University of Houston Downtown

College Choice Score: 87.60

Average Tuition: $5,780

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Opening its doors in 1974, the University of Houston-Downton now offers bachelor’s degrees in 44 areas of study and eight master’s degrees. Part of the University of Houston System, but operated independently, the School has 14,000 students and a 20:1 student to faculty ratio.

One of the most attractive aspects of the MAT degrees at UHD is the price and the payoff. The tuition and fees are $5,800, the lowest on our list, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $47,800. As for the MA options at UHD, there are four MAT programs: Elementary (EC-6), Middle Level (4-8), and Secondary (7-12) leading to licensure, and the MAT in Curriculum and Instruction in six concentrations for licensed teachers; they are all a hybrid of online and traditional in delivery. The MAT Secondary options include math, English, social studies, and science. Those looking for licensure in Secondary Education must have 24 credits of undergraduate work in the content area. Both the Elementary and Middle Level degrees have concentrations and offer a Supplemental Certification in ESL (36 credits). Scholarships are possible through the Gordon and Mary Cain Graduate Academic Merit Scholarship which will pay for half the price of the program.


University of Nebraska Lincoln

College Choice Score: 87.50

Average Tuition: $8,367

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Located in Lincoln, a smaller city with a big city feel, not to mention more parkland per capita than Portland, Oregon, gives University of Nebraska students a perfect place for study and leisure. There are 25,000 students at UNL.

Understanding the need for teachers, the University has multiple MAT options: English, Elementary Education, Math, Languages, and Science. These programs lead to licensure and feature cohort-style education with an inquiry-based project and full year of student teaching. The MAT program is also available to international teachers pending admissions requirements are fulfilled. In addition to licensure programs, UNL has MA programs for educators’ professional development in five “Areas of Emphasis:” Curriculum Studies, Language, Literacy and Culture, Social Analysis, Educational Policy and Reform, STEM Education, and Teaching and Learning with Technology. The College of Education also provides an MA with endorsements in Reading Education and ESL and the online GOLDEN (Global Online Language Distance Education Network) MA. The latter is a unique program involving World Language culture, language and literature in German, Spanish or Chinese. Worth mentioning if you are a Nebraska teacher is the TEACH Nebraska for funding your graduate degree. All in all, high quality academics, variety of options, and affordability put U of I in the top 10.


University of Iowa

College Choice Score: 87.10

Average Tuition: $8,104

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With just over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation’s top public research universities. The University is home to one of the largest academic medical centers; Iowa City, where UI is located, is known as one of the country’s most livable communities.

The University of Iowa has quality options at an affordable price; tuition and fees are $8,100. The Graduate College offers multiple MA degrees. English, Science, Math, Music, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and ESL are MAT programs available through the College of Education. Some of these degrees are terminal and others lead to the Ph.D. level. All the MAT programs require admission to the Graduate School and the Teacher Education Program. Requirements for admission to the MAT program are a passing GRE score, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and for the TEP, passing Praxis score, an essay, and the 10 Hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience form. In addition to these MAT programs which lead to licensure, U of I offers many MA degrees for teachers seeking to grow in their related fields or looking for leadership skills. One example is the MA in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency. The mean salary 10 years after graduation is $58,900, leaving the University of Iowa as one of the best.


Michigan State University

College Choice Score: 87.00

Average Tuition: $13,560

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Michigan State University “works to advance the common good in uncommon ways.” This began when MSU became the prototype for the 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The School now has approximately 50,000 students, over 200 degree programs, and is known for their excellent research.

There are a few different MA programs at MSU; they are not licensure programs, but rather professional development or specialization programs for those seeking to gain knowledge and skills or those moving into educational leadership roles. The entirely online Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) is for beginning, experienced, or international teachers. The degree focuses on critical inquiry, student engagement, training in technology, and teacher leadership. An attractive degree for the full-time teacher, the MATC is 30 credits and can be completed in as little as one full year (the maximum allowed is five). Other MA degrees include, the MA in Education and the MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both online degrees with options and flexibility for the full-time educator. Other options include concentrations in Technology and Learning, Sports and Coaching, Literacy Education, Science and Mathematics, Educational Psychology, and ELL/ESL. The last notable features are the low tuition and fees at $13,500 and mean salary 10 years after graduation at $58,700.


Brown University

College Choice Score: 86.30

Average Tuition: $49,346

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Being an Ivy League School, Brown University is steeped in tradition, history, art, research, and culture. Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and serves 9000 students.

Brown offers an MAT leading to certification in Elementary and Secondary Education. Both programs are designed to be small, with intimate cohort and faculty relationships that provide the creative space for developing the teaching craft. Brown features “a passionate commitment to equity and social justice” where “MAT candidates become content experts who create innovative and rigorous learning experiences for youth.” Based upon each student’s passion for young people, opportunities are diverse. From private, public, and charter schools, to ELL, special education, and high-achieving students, Brown’s preparation is personal and planned. The Secondary Education MAT is offered in English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). Both degrees require a minimum GPA of 3.0, an acceptable GRE score, an interview, letter of recommendation, and a writing sample for the MAT in English; experience working with youth is recommended as space for program is intentionally limited. Tuition and fees are $49,300 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $81,500.


University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

College Choice Score: 85.50

Average Tuition: $18,192

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The University of Pittsburgh has accolades stretching back to when the U.S. Constitution was signed. Founded in 1787, Pitt truly offers world-class education across many fields of study. From Nobel Prize winners, to Fulbright, Rhodes and Truman Scholars, to professional athletes, Pitt’s impact is big. Now educating 33,000 students with 384,000 alumni, the University has a global reach.

There are multiple MAT options at Pitt: English and communication, science, math, social studies and an MAT in Foreign Language. This program leads to certification in the State of Pennsylvania and is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin. All the MAT admission requirements are similar: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and bachelor’s degree, 30 hours of experience working with K-12 students, and passing scores on the Praxis or content-related exams. The programs are generally three semesters, 36 credits, and require a full academic year student teaching experience. Student testimonials commonly share the individualized help and attention by the School of Education faculty as well as the effective preparation they received. A notable resource at Pitt is the Falk Laboratory School, a child-centered school associated with the School of Education that helps prepare Pitt students training to be teachers.


Arizona State University-Tempe

College Choice Score: 85.30

Average Tuition: $10,158

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With a booming main campus in Tempe, multiple regional campuses and a large online school, Arizona State University is the largest school by enrollment in the U.S. with over 80,000 students. Being the largest school means students can be overwhelmed with so many choices. Academic options exist in every field, student life has something for everyone, and perhaps what ASU is best known for, research is well funded and is producing incredible results.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College provides relevant training for the noble art of teaching through four MA programs. The MA degrees at ASU are affordable and pay off in the long run; tuition and fees are $10,100 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $52,100. The programs feature traditional coursework, research projects, and the tech-tools necessary to be successful in our digital world. The MA in Literacy Development is for educators who are seeking professional growth and leadership positions and leads to potential endorsements in a variety of specializations. The MA in Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language, may be for you should you be a teacher who requires the skills to teach students whom English is not their primary language. The abundance of options at ASU provide academic opportunities for those at every stage in their career.


Stony Brook University

College Choice Score: 85.20

Average Tuition: $8,855

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Stony Brook University’s story began in 1957 as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. It is now a top research university supported by the National Science Foundation and innovator whose faculty have been responsible for more than 2,100 inventions and 600 U.S. patents.

Though research garners the most attention, the School of Professional Development offers Master of Arts in Teaching programs in English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social studies. The Department of Linguistics offers a MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ideal for graduates seeking licensures, SBU requires an undergraduate degree in the content field in addition to a minimum GPA of 2.7-3.0, letters of recommendation, and a minimum GRE score that varies per the degree. The MAT programs are 44-47 credits and all require the completion of coursework, student teaching, and a written examination. For certification, students monitor requirements on the TEACH website and through the edTPA program. With options in many fields, a great academic reputation, and an attractive value with tuition and fees at $8,800 and a mean salary 10 years after graduation at $58,900, Stony Brood University’s MAT comes in at #12.


Ohio State University-Main Campus

College Choice Score: 85.10

Average Tuition: $10,037

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It’s hard to understate the fact that Ohio State University is enormous. It is the third largest university campus in the nation with 59,000 students. The main campus is in Columbus but also has regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster. OSU is a member of the Association of American Universities and a Public Ivy with hundreds of academic options and incredible research opportunities.

Ohio State offers a non-licensure Master of Arts program, through the Department of Teaching and Learning for practicing educators. The program is perfect for professional development or those seeking leadership roles in schools or other education related fields. The MA offers specialization in multiple areas. In addition to this MA, Ohio State has a plethora of options. Admission requirements vary, but in general require a minimum GPA from 2.5-3.0, letters of recommendation, usually a bachelor’s in a related field, and a passing GRE score. Programs are usually around two years and most of the MA’s are not terminal (rather a launching point for a Ph.D.). Besides a one-on-one educational model, students have access to tremendous on-campus resources and OSU connections in the local community. The quality is supplemented by financial value; tuition and fees are $10,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $48,900.


Indiana University-Bloomington

College Choice Score: 84.80

Average Tuition: $10,388

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Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide. IU enrolls over 40,000 students in 16 schools, in just about every field possible, with the bonus of over 200 centers and institutes. Being one of the 62 members of the Association of American Universities, among a host of other associations, research plays a prominent role as well.

The Department of Chemistry offers an MAT aimed at teachers with minimal chemistry training to become certified, teachers seeking to strengthen their knowledge and skills, and students with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with no education courses who are seeking certification. The program assumes at least 18 credit hours of chemistry, including one semester each of general and organic chemistry. Students in the program take valid coursework, complete with labs and lectures, student teaching, and a final oral or written examination; the total credits required are 36. Important to note is the program is challenging and takes two full years to complete. Students who choose this challenging yet rewarding career will find this MAT well worth it; tuition and fees are $10,400 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $53,500.


Clemson University

College Choice Score: 84.50

Average Tuition: $14,272

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Originally set up to teach scientific agriculture and the mechanical arts, Clemson University is now one of the top all-around universities in the United States. With about 22,000 students, 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs, plus research and study options across the world, there is no shortage of opportunities to seize.

The College of Education at Clemson offers Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education, Secondary Math and Science, and Special Education. The programs usually take one and half years, though can be completed at the student’s pace. Admissions to the MAT programs varies, but in general require a 2.7-3.0 GPA, a passing score on the GRE or Miller, letters of recommendation, and a passing Praxis Exam prior to student teaching. Some unique aspects to consider: The MAT Middle Level has scholarship opportunities. The Secondary Math and Science MAT is a “technically rich” program and is 42 credit-hours, and should be noted, assumes a science and math background. The MAT in Special Education is fully accredited and is 45 credit-hours. All in all, Clemson is affordable and 92 percent of CU graduates say they’d choose CU again.


Northern Illinois University

College Choice Score: 82.40

Average Tuition: $14,295

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Chartered in 1895 as Northern Illinois State Normal School gives Northern Illinois University over 125 years of experience training teachers. NIU has in fact continued the tradition of excellence in education, but it has also grown to 20,000 students and a fine research-focused institution. Located in DeKalb, 65 miles from Chicago, NIU offers many Master’s degree options; the MAT in Health Education is one of a kind.

The MAT with a Specialization in Health Education, 6-12 and Middle School. If this fits your passion, NIU can help you develop your talent and skills to achieve your goals. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree (preferably with background in anatomy, physiology, etc., but not required), a passing score on the GRE, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The program is a total of 46 hours, which is more than other MAT programs. This is due to the 34-credit minimum in health classes. Students receive outstanding training and the last semester are placed for the capstone student teaching. Student must plan and execute a research-based project and include it in their portfolio to graduate. Tuition and fees are $14,300, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $47,400 making this quality program attractive and financially feasible.


University of South Florida

College Choice Score: 82.20

Average Tuition: $6,410

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Large and diverse with 50,000 students from 130 countries, the University of South Florida provides the college experience expected at a big school. With three large campuses, students enjoy excellent facilities and 180 degree options.

A look into the MAT at USF reveals many options and very good financial news. Tuition and fees are $6,400 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $45,000, one of the best differentials on our list. In addition to this, there are scholarships and paid paraprofessional placements for students teaching in some of the programs. The MAT in Special Education, for example, provides scholarship opportunities through the TEACH Grant and the Laurie Ann Richardson Scholarship. Especially relevant for individuals who would like to change their careers, earn a professional certification, or recent graduates who decide teaching is their calling, degrees are offered in Elementary Education/ESOL, Exceptional Student Education/ESOL, English Education/ESOL, Foreign Language Education/ESOL, Middle Grades Mathematics (5–9), Science, Mathematics (6-12), and Social Science Education. Admission to any of the programs requires a bachelor’s or equivalent, a 3.0 GPA (students below this may be admitted with a passing GRE), and a passing score on the General Knowledge Test (GKT) or the GRE.


Emporia State University

College Choice Score: 78.50

Average Tuition: $5,936

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Training teachers was core to the founding of Emporia State University. Located in Emporia, Kansas, the University was established as a normal school in 1863. Now with 6000 total students, the School offers over 65 majors and is one of the few universities with a flat rate tuition, meaning no matter how many credits you take, you pay the same rate.

The Master of Arts in History is designed for history students. The MA is a fantastic option for those seeking to continue on to a Ph.D. or those in secondary education interested in graduate work concentrating on history, political science, or geography. It is also a good option for those in a career in public history. Coursework in the program concentrates on three types of learning: factual knowledge of history, historiographic, and methodological. Essentially these areas of focus increase knowledge, understanding, and research/writing. The MA in History offers a choice of four concentrations: thesis, non-thesis, public history, and social sciences education. (The old MAT in Social Studies is now under the MA in History.) The tuition and fees at Emporia are an excellent value at $5,900 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is approximately $37,800.


University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

College Choice Score: 78.50

Average Tuition: $11,000

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“The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience.” For the 45,000 students at UC, they leave equipped to work and contribute in our country and beyond. The unique idea of “co-op education” that many institutions use was pioneered at UC. The model involves students alternating between traditional academic semesters with semesters spent working full-time in their chosen field. This unique integration and grounded experience has produced results – $4 billion a year in economic impact.

Through the McMicken College of Arts and Science, UC offers a Master of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics. The degree is intended for licensed teachers of secondary mathematics and does not lead to certification or licensure like many other MAT programs. Besides a teaching license, admission requirements include 30 credit-hours of math and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The program is organized into three summers and a final project with an oral presentation. Students attend courses from June to August in the mornings. Should you have a passion for teaching math, UC may be worth considering as the tuition and fees are $11,500 and mean salary 10 years after graduation is $45,300.


University of South Carolina-Columbia

College Choice Score: 78.30

Average Tuition: $11,482

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South Carolina College was established on Dec. 19, 1801 as part of an effort to unite South Carolinians in the wake of the American Revolution. Today, the University of South Carolina is a flourishing and top-ranked university with approximately 33,770 students and a $625 million endowment.

If you are a teacher or wish to become one, the University of South Carolina could be the gateway to achieving your dreams. The College of Education, in collaboration with other Colleges, offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art, Music, Physical Education, English, Theatre, Social Studies, Math, Elementary Education, and Special Education. All the programs differ in important ways and cannot be fully explicated. Many of the MAT degrees are designed for teachers seeking leadership, continuing education, or professional development, such as the MAT in Art. Some of the programs are designed for anyone with a bachelor’s degree seeking to become a teacher, such as the Elementary Education MAT. Upon completion of the Secondary Education MAT, graduates will earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Teaching. All MAT degrees at USC are guided through relevant coursework, personalized and faculty-directed fieldwork, and while some require additional competencies.


Teachers College at Columbia University

College Choice Score: 76.40

Average Tuition: $35,752

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Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States offering degrees in health, education, leadership, and psychology. Teacher College enrolls 5000 students and offers multiple education degrees.

Two Master of Arts degrees are offered: Elementary and Secondary Education. Both degrees can lead to licensure in New York and are 32-credit programs, though they are primarily intended for educators seeking professional development or leadership roles. The programs take a minimum of 11 months, though TC also allows them to be completed part time. Both programs are rooted in three TC core ideas: teaching as inquiry, teaching as curriculum making, and teaching for social justice. The MA in Secondary Education requires an Initial Certification in Secondary Education in either Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Technology, or English as a prerequisite. The degrees also require a practicum of 50 hours minimum, and the School reports that students average 10-15 hours a week in the classroom. The MA in Secondary Education also entails a research project. In considering TC financially, the tuition and fees are $35,700 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $60,000. There is no doubt that Teachers College is a rigorous but rewarding option.


Johns Hopkins University

College Choice Score: 74.50

Average Tuition: $48,710

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The spirit of innovation and progress that John Hopkins University is known for is alive and well. The University is America’s first research university and enrolls more than 21,000 students throughout nine academic divisions. The School offers more than 240 programs in the arts and music, humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering, education, and medicine.

There are several different MAT options at John Hopkins. The first is a full-time MAT option that features classes along with a full-year internship in both urban and suburban settings. Important to note, applicants accepted to the full-time MAT program for the 2017-2018 cohort will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. The Montgomery County Partnership MAT is open to Secondary STEM candidates and is supported by Montgomery County Public School tuition assistance. The assistance comes from long-term substituting and commitment to teach in Montgomery Schools for two years after graduation. The program is 16 months and begins in January. The part-time MAT allows students to progress at their own pace within a five-year limit. A 100-day internship over two semesters does not allow candidates to hold outside employment, unless they are a full-time teacher in their own private or public school classroom. With mean earnings of $79,900 ten years after graduation, $48,710 in tuition and fees, and the quality of the program, JHU makes #22.


Boston College

College Choice Score: 74.10

Average Tuition: $49,324

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The first institution of higher learning in Boston was Boston College. The main campus is a historic district and adorned with green spaces and paths surrounded by Collegiate Gothic architecture. The private Jesuit College is respected for academic excellence and research and enrolls 14,000 total students. The School is selective with an admissions rate of 29 percent; the student to faculty ratio is 12:1.

Through the Lynch School of Education, Boston College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (G1-6)/Leading to Professional Licensure, Reading (all grade levels)/Leading to Professional Licensure, and Secondary Education (G8-12)/English or History. The MAT is geared to students who have graduated with a major in liberal arts or sciences and need teacher certification, or for teachers working on continuing education. The MAT in English is a two-year program featuring a concentration in Irish Literature and Culture and ending with a comprehensive exam. The MAT in History is similar, though students can choose a final oral exam, portfolio, or thesis. With a solid all-around reputation, tuition and fees at $49,300, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation at $85,600, Boston College’s MAT Program may be just what you’re looking for.


California University of Pennsylvania

College Choice Score: 70.40

Average Tuition: $9,936

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There is a city called California in southwestern Pennsylvania, located approximately 35 miles from Pittsburgh, that is home to the California University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1852 Cal U is mid-sized public university set on a campus of 294 acres enrolling 8000 students.

The MAT program at Cal U is fully accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and fulfills requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania. Tuition and fees are reasonable at $9,900. The degree is designed for those with a background in education or those wishing to make a career change. The MAT initial license track is generally for a chemist who wishes to become a chemistry teacher, or a history major wishing to become a history teacher. It is possible to attain an initial license from a different field of study, but will require extra undergraduate coursework. Certification is available in art, biology, chemistry, communications, science, English, mathematics, and social studies. Admission to requires a bachelor’s and a minimum 2.80 GPA. If you are not from Pennsylvania or an international student, this degree is open to you, however, individual considerations and counsel from the admissions office are recommended.


University of Central Missouri

College Choice Score: 70.40

Average Tuition: $7,322

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Starting in 1871 as Normal School No. 2, the University of Central Missouri knows how to train teachers. This large public school in Warrensburg, Missouri now serves 14,000 students. With the fourth lowest tuition and fees in our Top 35 at $7,300, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation at $41,100, the financial consideration is notable.

If you’re looking for an MAT as a career change, UCM offers a streamlined and high-quality program. Completion takes between one and half and three years. The UCM MAT has three concentration areas with many options within each: Secondary Education, with certification in one of over 20 certification areas. Middle School Education with certification in one of over 20 certification areas. And Educational Theory, which is completely online and open to international students. Admission requires an undergraduate degree and a GPA of 2.75, and no test is required, something that many working people find too difficult. After choosing an area of concentration from over 20 options, coursework is designed for you and, with amazing the amazing flexibility of online, traditional, or hybrid, as well as the incredible collaborative facilities between UCM and Lee’s Summit School District, a teaching career is right around the bend.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

College Choice Score: 68.10

Average Tuition: $13,790

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The University of Minnesota was established in 1851 in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) as a land-grant university. The University is organized into 19 colleges and schools, and has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. This prestigious university has 30,500 undergraduate students on the Twin Cities campus, as well as 16,300 graduate and professional students.

The College of Education and Human Development provides multiple pathways to becoming a teacher or continuing to advance in our ever-changing world. Within each of the Master of Arts degrees there are various routes, plans, or specializations to consider individually. Whether you teach elementary or secondary, desire leadership skills, want to add endorsements, or even move into teaching in higher education, UM has what you’re looking for: MA in Elementary Education, MA in Learning Technology, MA in Second Language Education, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), STEM Education, and Social Studies. The College of Education and Human Development is housed in the only research institution in Minnesota, and is led by a world-class faculty that brought in $48.8 million in external funding during the 2013-14 academic year. A very favorable return on investment with tuition and fees at $13,800 and a mean salary 10 years after graduation at $55,100 make getting a Master of Arts at UM financially sensible.


Brandman University

College Choice Score: 65.90

Average Tuition: $12,240

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Founded in 1958 and connected to the Chapman University System, Brandman University was designed for working adults. BU is a private, non-profit institution offering more than 50 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs in business, arts and sciences, health and education. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, as well as a virtual campus online.

The options at BU are many. Some of the University’s MA programs are for teachers who are California residents and hold a California Teaching Credential: The MA in Education, Teaching and Learning, MA in Teaching with an emphasis in Elementary Education and combined Multiple Subject Credential, MA in Teaching Secondary Education, and MA in Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education. All feature content and area-specific coursework, though important differences in fieldwork and location need to be examined specifically for each program. Other opportunities for MA degrees at BU that are not specifically for Californians include: MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, MA in Education, Educational Leadership, MA in Education, Instructional Technology, Teaching the 21st Century Learner. Since BU has many locations and an online school, odds are there is a degree and format that fits your career goals.


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

College Choice Score: 65.60

Average Tuition: $14,171

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The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts. The School sits on 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and enrolls 30,000 total students.

Tuition and fees are $41,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $65,000 making the choice worth it, should you be interested in the niche Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities. With the growing trend of classical education in many private, charter, and religious schools, this degree is filling a need. The unique program leads to a middle- and high-school teaching certificate in Latin and Classical Humanities which is valid in 30 states within the Interstate Certification Compact. Students in the program essentially learn through seminars and hands-on experience in best-practices teaching the Classics. Also, worth mentioning is many students serve as teaching assistants in a University course in Greek civilization or Greek mythology gaining valuable experience in the world of classics at the university level. The program is nationally known and respected; many students teaching Latin in secondary schools were trained at UMass-Amherst as it is one of the few programs of its kind.


University of Illinois at Springfield

College Choice Score: 61.00

Average Tuition: $11,413

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Besides being home to many historic sites dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois is home to a high-quality university. The University of Illinois Springfield is part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and enrolls approximately 5,000 students. UIS offers 31 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s degrees, and one doctoral program.

The Master of Arts in Education at UIS is aimed at a specific niche, namely, teachers who want to be leaders and improve their craft. If you are looking to move into leadership or add to your skills in the school community or beyond as a teacher mentor, technology specialist, military or police trainer, or behavior specialist, for example, the MAE at UIS is for you. The degree is 40 credit hours and meets the requirements for teacher certificate renewal, as well as provides endorsement or certification in a few areas: K-12 Education Technology Specialist Certificate, Higher Education Online Pedagogy Certificate, English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate, Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Coursework, and Legal Aspects of Education Certificate. Tuition and fees are affordable at $11,400, and looking at the return using the mean salary 10 years after gradation at $45,400 provides financial incentive to consider the MAE at UIS.


Nova Southeastern University

College Choice Score: 60.70

Average Tuition: $27,660

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Nova Southeastern University is a research-focused private school whose student population is a diverse 24,000 and growing. With a 300-acre campus and multiple state-of-the-arts facilities, students enjoy the best of technology and innovation.

Fully accredited and offering over 20 degrees and 80 concentrations, the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE) provides many prospects for educators. Aimed at teachers wishing to continue their professional develop or advance in continuing education requirements, the FCE offers the online Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning. The program does not lead to licensure or certification. Admission requirements include a current teacher license, minimum of 2.5 GPA, and a passing score on the GRE. Admission is still possible without a passing GRE score by earning a B on each of the first courses, up to six credits. Once admitted, teachers choose one of five specializations and move through coursework structured within the context of three essential areas: Instruction, curriculum, and professional development. The program includes a capstone teaching experience. Considering the convenience and value with tuition and fees at $27,600, and a mean salary 10 years after graduation of $55,200, NSU could be the perfect place to take the next step in your teaching career.


University of Texas Dallas

College Choice Score: 60.40

Average Tuition: $10,864

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Beginning as a group of research collection stations in North Texas, the University of Texas Dallas is now on the path to be Tier-One Research Institution. Growing in just about every category, UTD now enrolls nearly 27,000 students.

Because the University of Texas – Dallas is known for research, the outstanding MAT program sometimes gets overlooked. The program deserves credit though. The School of Natural Science and Mathematics is implementing UTeach, the nationally-acclaimed program for recruitment, preparation, and support of STEM teachers. The Department of Science/Math Education offers the MAT for individuals who are high achievers in math or science and are called to teach. Students gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience in all things STEM at world-class facilities and centers and taught by nationally recognized faculty. Admission to the program requires background courses in math and science, preferably 24 credits. Both programs consist of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, and both degrees allow a student to select a Practitioner Option (coursework only) or a Research Option (coursework plus thesis). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to graduate. With tuition and fees at $10,900, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation at $57,300, the UTD MAT in Science or Math shines from every angle.


Friends University

College Choice Score: 58.20

Average Tuition: $25,965

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Founded by the Quakers in 1898, Friends University seeks to train students to “honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” The School is non-denominational yet still retains an association with the Society of Friends (Quakers).

The Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning program at Friends comes in two tracks: Teaching and Learning and Special Education High Incidence. The METL is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The degree can be accomplished in 12-14 months across six courses that are delivered online and on campus. In addition, the degree requires 12 hours of Friends University graduate workshop credits, one such week-long workshop is offered in London. The Teaching and Learning program targets teachers who seek to fulfill continuing education requirements and improve their craft. The Special Education High Incidence degree is an accredited licensure program targeting those who already have a teaching license but are seeking a P-12 licensure to teach students with high-incidence disabilities.


University of the Cumberlands

College Choice Score: 56.30

Average Tuition: $21,000

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Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the University of the Cumberlands is a private Christian school in Williamsburg, Kentucky with 3000 undergraduates and 3000 post-graduates. The School offers a liberal-arts education per Christian values on a campus surrounded by gorgeous views of the mountains. The university is divided into four colleges: Cumberland College (the university’s undergraduate school), the Hutton School of Business/Management, the Hutton Center for Leadership Studies, and the Graduate/Professional Education program. University of the Cumberlands is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

At U of C, the options for improving your teaching craft are numerous. For those simply making a career change to become a licensed teacher, the online MAT allows for the necessary flexibility of schedule. For practicing educators seeking to gain knowledge, skills and experience, the six MA concentrations in Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Special Education, Business and Marketing, or All Grades deliver. In order to be admitted into any of the MA programs, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or 3.0 depending on the program), write an essay, provide three letters of recommendation, and a passing score on the GRE or the Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators). Some of the options require a certain number of background hours as well. The programs all provide relevant coursework and field experience suitable to each option.


University of Scranton

College Choice Score: 49.70

Average Tuition: $41,044

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Located on 8 acres in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton is a private Catholic and Jesuit university enrolling approximately 4000 students. The School is known for quality academics, a community feel, a beautiful campus, and overall great value. Tuition and fees are $41,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $65,000.

The University of Scranton’s programs in education are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The School seeks to train teachers with a “professional education knowledge base” that “is augmented by attention to decision-making.” Admission into the teacher education program requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.00. For the Master of Arts in Reading Education, students must hold a valid instructional certificate in another area or provide evidence that all certificate requirements for another area have been met. The Master of Arts degree requires 30 credits in coursework and a six-credit thesis under the directions of faculty member; students must pass a capstone experience. Before a student progresses to the student teaching component, students must pass the required Praxis Test for Reading Specialists, mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. There is no doubt that an MAT from the University of Scranton is well worth the investment.


Regis College

College Choice Score: 42.90

Average Tuition: $37,540

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Founded in 1927 by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston (CSJ), Regis University in Weston, Massachusetts enrolls 2000 men and women. The 132-acre campus is twelve miles west of Boston.

The MAT program in Special Education is designed to prepare you to teach students with moderate disabilities in grade levels PreK–8 and 5–12. The program is offered in two formats: preparation for initial licensure, and preparation for professional licensure. With coursework tailored to the demanding job of Special Education, such as Contemporary Issues in Special Education, Literacy Development Including Special Needs Teaching, and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms, the preparation is relevant and capped by student teaching. Students will also learn how to communicate with parents as well as other organizations and stakeholders in the education of special needs children. If you’re interested in Regis, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate degree, an interview with the MAT Program Director, and an MAT or GRE score (this requirement may be waived by earning a grade of B or higher in the first two courses taken). Lastly, the financial consideration includes mean earnings 10 years after graduation of $47,100 and tuition and fees at $37,500.

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