Top 25 Teaching Colleges in the U.S.

Elementary, middle and secondary teachers must complete a teacher training program and obtain a license before teaching in a U.S. public school. Teachers must hold at least a bachelor's degree, but many hold a master's degree or higher. Teacher education programs typically include subject area coursework, teaching theory classes and an internship.

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Top U.S. Teaching Colleges

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University (MSU) was founded in 1817. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 71st among national universities in 2012. In 2011, U.S. News recognized MSU as first in the nation for both its elementary and secondary teacher education programs. Michigan State offers 5-year teacher preparation programs for elementary, secondary and special education teachers.

2. University of Georgia in Athens

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Georgia (UGA) the 62nd best national university. It also ranked fifth in secondary education and sixth in elementary education in the U.S. News 2011 best education school rankings. UGA offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary, middle school, adult and workforce education. For those interested in teaching language and literacy, Georgia offers English, teaching language to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and world language education programs.

3. University of Wisconsin in Madison

Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin was named a best midwestern college and a top ten best value public college in 2012 by the Princeton Review. In 2011, Wisconsin's special education teaching program was ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Future teachers studying at the University of Wisconsin select a major and a minor area of study for their individualized teacher education program. Graduate programs include an online Master of Science for Professional Educators.

Colleges with Good Teaching Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students in the elementary teacher education program can specialize in ESL Phoenix, AZ
Boston College Offers special preparation programs for teachers in urban areas Chestnut Hill, MA
Columbia University Ranked second among elementary teacher education schools, according to U.S. News in 2011 New York, NY
Harvard University Graduate students can participate in the Berkeley Exchange Program Cambridge, MA
Indiana University IUconnectED offers online master's degree programs in elementary, secondary and special education Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University Offers special cohort programs in urban and global education East Lansing, MI
Montclair State University Teacher Education Advocacy Program supports and encourages minority teacher-education students Upper Montclair, NJ
New York University Short-term graduate programs in 20 countries New York, NY
Ohio State University Ranked first in technical/vocational teacher education, according to U.S. News in 2011 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Teachers can choose from over 40 teacher preparation programs University Park, PA
Stanford University Ranked second in secondary teacher education, according to U.S. News in 2011 Stanford, CA
University of California - Los Angeles National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Project helps teachers earn National Board Certification Los Angeles, CA
University of California - Berkeley Teacher education programs focus on understanding child development Berkeley, CA
University of Connecticut Offers an Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Program (IB/M) for teachers Storrs, CT
University of Florida Duval Urban Apprenticeship program allows teachers to complete teacher training while working as a paid apprentice Gainesville, FL
University of Georgia Offers an online B.S. in Special Education Athens, GA
University of Illinois Operates the largest public university library in the world Champaign, IL
University of Maryland Students in secondary and special education teaching programs can complete a 5-year combined bachelor's/master's program College Park, MD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Secondary teacher education students select from 18 major and minor areas Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota Most teacher preparation programs culminate in a master's degree Twin Cities, MN
University of Texas at Austin Operates the University of Texas Elementary School Austin, TX
University of Virginia Students with advanced standing can complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in education in four years through the 3+1 program Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington Field-based training used to prepare teachers for challenging classrooms Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Offers teacher preparation programs in more than 30 academic areas Madison, WI
Vanderbilt University U.S. News ranked Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development the best school for education in 2011 Nashville, TN
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