What are the top universities for Education Majors in America?
I am interested in teaching computer science to middle and high school level students.
Hi Alisha. I have to agree that Vanderbilt is an excellent school. When you're ready to go, please check the listing again, talk to teachers, and visit some schools. I went to a great school Bowling Green State in Ohio. It isn't on the top, but it was very competitive. A quick Google search:
- Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX) ...
- Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) ...
- Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) ...
- Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) ...
- Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
- Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Keep investigating and much luck in your career - I love being a teacher!!
Hey Alisha! I made a quick search on niche (https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/) and schools like Vanderbilt (my alma mater!), Duke, Brown, Swathmore, and Tufts all have top-ranked education programs. It would be good to cross check with this list https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-computer-science/ and see which schools have both strong CS and education programs.
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In all honesty many school around the nation have great education programs. So I would first find a couple schools you are interested in then look into the education programs at each individual school. When it comes to education you don't have to attend the top of top universities. There are jobs everywhere and if you have your degree and are certified to teach in the given state you can find a job. When making a college decision I would first find a school that you truly love from all the things they have to offer to campus life and the students that go there. Then look into the cost and the education program at each school. It is very important not to go to a certain school because of one program, because many students end up switching majors and if you were only there for the education program you may be thoroughly disappointed with the other offerings the school has.
Hi, Alisha: it's great that you want to be a teacher. I spent my entire career in the education "business" and enjoyed it a great deal. As to your question: there are many great colleges and universities that prepare teachers. However, what might be more important than going to a top "education" school, is to find a school that has a really good computer science department. Some of the best teachers are those with a real passion for their subject matter. If you major in computer science, you'll probably wind up being a better teacher of computer science. Also, many school systems prefer to hire teachers with a masters degree in education.
So, if you start with a computer science degree and take additional courses in childhood psychology, and do some volunteer teaching at a local school, you'll be well on your way to a successful teaching career. You might consider one of the many apprenticeship programs that are available to college grads, like Teach for America. Also, while in college, think about a masters in education (MEd or MS) from a top grad school like Bank Street College, Columbia, or Vanderbilt, or any of the other top schools around the country. Much of your choice may have to do with where you want to be when you start teaching. Many grad schools have relationships with local school districts and will facilitate your finding a good job when you graduate. Also, each state has its own certification requirements and so it may be easier to find the job you want from a grad school program in your preferred location.
I applaud your interest in teaching and encourage you to pursue it. Best of luck.
Depending on the area you want to attend school and your price range for a affording school will depend on what school you go to. As someone mentioned before, a lot of schools around the country have amazing education programs. I have attended two different universities in two different states. They have both offered me so much more than I could've imagined. I have learned so much from both schools that I know are known around each state as well as other states. Definitely do some research on your top schools and go from there!
Look at the university that meets your needs and income. I have degrees from West Texas A & M University (2), Texas Tech, University of Texas-Dallas and NOVA University. All without the assistance of student loans. Have to admit that I should have been more knowledgeable of the free money that was available. The thing is, get your degree without the horror of student loans following you. I have a few friends that graduated from Trinity University, ranked the number one university in Texas, but they have so much student debt that they will be paying off student loans well into their 60s.