Best Value Teacher Prep Master’s Programs

Master's-level Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) programs cater to a certain type of student: someone who has earned a bachelor's and gained some experience in their field before deciding to double down on that expertise and give back by becoming a teacher.

It's challenging enough to go through an initial teacher preparation program, let alone taking in the vast amounts of information that comes with earning a master's degree. But you are at a point in your life where you are up for that challenge - you know your capabilities and have confidence in your skills.

So the only thing left is to pick an affordable master's-level ITP program that can take you to the next phase of your career.

Using Accreditation to Establish a Minimum Baseline for Quality

Affordability is only part of the equation; the quality of the school itself is far more important. In the end, getting a great deal won't mean much if the quality of your education suffers. Luckily, you don't have to compromise on quality to find an affordable program.

To make sure of this, we only considered schools accredited by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or one of the two bodies that merged into CAEP in 2016:

  • NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
  • TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)

These agencies have been designated as the only specialty accreditors recognized by the Committee for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as being qualified to maintain and assess quality standards for teacher education programs… and to grant accreditation to the schools that meet and maintain these standards.

Looking at everything from curriculum development and strategies for continuous improvement, faculty hiring and review processes, and the quality of field experiences available to student teachers, CAEP only gives its stamp of approval to teacher prep and other educator programs of the highest caliber.

Don't be discouraged if you see NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) or TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) showing up as the program accreditor. CAEPhas actually only been active since 2016 when TEAC and NCATE came together to agree upon common standards. For the next few years you'll find a range of accreditation statuses among NCATE, TEAC and CAEP-accredited schools until the current accreditation period ends for each school and they all go forward under the CAEP banner. Until then, you can think of NCATE, TEAC and CAEP accreditation as being equal and essentially interchangeable.

Graduate Programs with Entrance Exams Can Represent an Even Higher Quality Option

To find a program that is up to the task of giving you the best education possible, we suggest looking closely at the entrance requirements. You aren't learning in a vacuum; your entire college experience will be shaped by the instructors and students around you. In fact, many programs today are cohort-based, which means you will be moving up the ladder with the same fellow students in every class you take.

To be your best, you need a program that surrounds you with the best. That means finding a master's program that accepts only the most qualified grad students. And the surest way for a school to maintain a high bar for enrollment is to require applicants to pass exams like the GRE or MAT, or teacher-specific assessments like the Praxis Core or a state equivalent.

That high bar for accomplishment isn't just reflected in the students around you - the ones you will be bouncing ideas off, working on group projects and conducting research with - it's also reflected in the curriculum and instruction you are presented with. The training wheels come off when professors know their students are capable of great things.

That's why for this list we only considered programs that require one of a few different standardized entrance exams used to screen applicants:

Graduate Record Exam

The GRE has been the standard benchmark for graduate program acceptance since 1936. Conducted by the Educational Testing Service, the same folks who bring you the SAT, it is designed to provide a standardized measure of candidate verbal and quantitative reasoning, as well as measuring critical thinking and analytical writing skills. With a $205 exam fee, it's not a test to be taken lightly, and an entire cottage industry of GRE-prep programs have sprung up to tutor prospective test takers.

Miller Analogies Test

The MAT is a computer-based test offered by Pearson that is the main competitor to the GRE in terms of general graduate program acceptance. Although it's a shorter test, its quality can be attested to by the fact that it's used by Mensa as a qualifier for prospective geniuses. It's also less expensive, although the exact price depends on the testing center you go to. Between $70 and $100 is typical in the United States.

Praxis Core

Some of the most serious master's ITP master's programs go further than generalized exams, however. ETS also offers the Praxis series of exams, including the Praxis Core, which is often used as an entrance exam for ITPs specifically. Consisting of a reading and mathematics section of 56 questions each, followed by a writing component with 40 questions and 2 essays, the test can take up to 4.5 hours to complete, at a cost of $150.

You can take the three tests on three separate days or in a single marathon session. The specific modules required may differ from state-to-state or school-to-school.

Unlike the MAT and GRE, Praxis Core is designed expressly by and for teacher preparation programs. Your future professors may have contributed questions or served on the content advisory groups that help develop the tests. And some states may require the exam as part of the licensing process.

State-specific Education Tests

Some states have developed their own standardized tests that ITP master's programs may use for admittance, such as the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-B) in Washington state, or the CBEST for California or Oregon, or the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Costs for these can vary but, like the Praxis Core, the results speak directly to teaching skills and knowledge.

Other Tests

Some schools may accept other types of tests that aren't commonly used for teacher education programs, but which may reflect similar skills. This can include the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), SAT or ACT.

There are also less-common educator-specific exams that are sometimes accepted, such as the ACTFL or NES. These exams are more likely to be used as the basis for many state-specific tests, including the WEST, but aren't commonly used by themselves.

Costs Are A Constant Consideration

High quality doesn't have to mean high prices, as we have set out to prove with this list.

We found the lowest cost public and private schools in each state offering ITP master's programs that meet our entrance exam and accreditation criteria. And since they all have specialized accreditation, and all set the bar high for enrollment, by going with one of the options here you know you're getting the best value available.

There may be cheaper schools out there, but you won't find any at a lower price that offer the assurance of quality that comes with specialized accreditation and entrance exam requirements.

Cost-Per-Credit Comparisons

Because the programs we looked at offer the full gambit of different concentrations and content areas and involve a variety of different course loads and term lengths, we found the best way to compare price was to look strictly at the cost-per-credit rather than total program cost. That ensures that all programs are considered equally rather than eliminating the concentrations and content areas that might intrinsically require a few extra courses or additional hours of lab work. Sure, some schools charge a set rate for all full-time students, but others charge strictly at a per-credit rate so that students who take more hours pay more.

And, of course, we needed to account for the fact that ITP master's students are typically non-traditional, taking courses on a part-time basis, which makes them ineligible for the discounts that some schools might build in for full-time students.

In most cases, schools present their graduate tuition info with the cost-per-credit clearly spelled out. For some schools, however, only the cost-per-semester is available. In those instances, we arrived at the cost-per-credit based on the typical 12-credit hours per semester most full-time graduate students take. This might not account for part-time schedules, but it ensures the point of comparison remains consistent across the board.

Comparing Only Like-to-Like Schools

And because public and private schools have very different funding structures, we don't compare the two directly. Instead, we averaged the costs for each category separately for each state and compared only public-to-public and private-to-private.

In some cases, the prices were just too close to call one program far and away the best value, so we went ahead and included more than one school when the costs were similar within their category.

State-by-State Guide to the Best Value ITP Master's Programs in America

There's nothing better than a low-cost, high-quality master's degree to prepare you for your teaching career. Any one of these schools will set you up for your new career with the best possible education at the lowest price.


Alabama

 

Troy University (PU)
College of Education
Troy, AL
Website

MSEd

  • Art Education P-12 (on-campus)
  • Biology Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Collaborative/Special Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Early Childhood Education P-3 (on-campus, online)
  • Elementary Education K-6 (on-campus)
  • English/Language Arts Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • General Science Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • History Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Instructional Leadership and Administration, Education Specialist P-12 (on-campus, online)
  • Mathematics 6-12 (on-campus, online)
  • Music Education - Choral P-12 (on-campus)
  • Music Education - Instrumental Alternative P-12 (on-campus)
  • Physical Education P-12 (on-campus)
  • Social Science Education 6-12 (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $425 (in-state), $495 (online), $850 (out-of-state)

$9 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2020 (probationary status)

  • On-campus programs are available through Troy's campus locations in Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City, and Troy
  • Excellent student-instructor interaction and collaboration through a low, 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio

With a cost per credit that falls below the state average, small class sizes (15:1 student-to-instructor ratio), experienced professors with real-world experience, and opportunities to complete your master's degree in education either on-campus or online, Troy University is a sure bet for aspiring educators like you. Want an on-campus experience? You're in luck - the College of Education programs are available through Troy's Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City, and Troy campus locations.

 

University of North Alabama (PU)
College of Education and Human Sciences
Florence, AL
Website

MAEd (on-campus)

  • Biology (6-12)
  • Business Marketing (6-12)
  • Chemistry (6-12)
  • English Language Arts (6-12)
  • ESOL (P-12)
  • General Science (P-12)
  • General Social Studies (6-12)
  • History (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Music Choral (P-12)
  • Musical Instrumental (P-12)
  • Physical Education (P-12)
  • Spanish (6-12)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $370 (in-state), $740 (out-of-state)

$64 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE

  • Outstanding opportunities for research through the university's Education Research and Inservice Center
  • Superb student services include academic advising, tutoring, and more

The University of North Alabama doesn't just offer an attractive cost per credit that is quite a bit lower than the state average for public schools, it's rooted in a tradition of academic excellence as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. Not only does the University of North Alabama offer the finest in educational offerings for bachelor's-prepared students seeking initial teacher certification, it's also home to outstanding efforts in research, thanks to centers like the Kilby Laboratory School and the Education Research and Inservice Center. Student support here is also outstanding, with everything from advising services to the Center for Writing Excellence to Academic Tutoring Services at your disposal.

 

Jacksonville State University (PU)
School of Education
Jacksonville, AL
Website

MSEd (hybrid)

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education, Collaborative Setting K-12
  • Special Education, Collaborative Setting K-6 and 6-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $400 (in-state), $800 (out-of-state)

$34 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Clinical experiences are based on JSU's effective co-teaching model
  • Close interaction between students and faculty achieved through a low, 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Jacksonville State University's MSEd programs for the bachelor's prepared student boast a low cost per credit and a comprehensive pathway to initial teacher licensure. These programs feature a workshop model that ensures a variety of rich clinical experiences that are supported by JSU Co-Teaching, which features teaching strategies based on the co-teaching model. In Spring 2012, the School of Education created the Co-Teaching Institute that promotes co-teaching as an instructional strategy - a proven teaching method that address the needs of diverse learners.

 

Alabama State University (PU)
College of Education
Montgomery, AL
Website

MEd

  • Early Childhood (on-campus, online)
  • Elementary Education (on-campus, online)
  • English/Language Arts 6-12 (on-campus)
  • History Education 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Mathematics 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Music P-12 (on-campus)
  • Social Science 6-12 (on-campus)
  • Special Education/Collaborative Teacher K-6 (on-campus)
  • Special Education/Collaborative Teacher 6-12 (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $412 (in-state), $824 (out-of-state)

$24 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Offering teacher preparation programs since 1867
  • Early child and elementary MEd programs offered either on-campus or online

Alabama State University's MEd programs aren't just a lesson in frugality - they're part of the university's oldest and largest college, the College of Education, which has been producing the next generation of educators since 1867. ASU's esteemed programs for bachelor's-prepare students leading to initial teacher certification provide the finest in educator preparation thanks largely to partnerships with schools in the community that provide teachers in training with outstanding student teaching opportunities.

 

Auburn University at Montgomery (PU)
College of Education
Montgomery, AL
Website

MEd (hybrid)

  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education P-6
  • Collaborative Teacher K-6
  • Collaborative Teacher 6-12
  • Early Childhood Special Education P-3
  • English/Language Arts 6-12
  • General Science 6-12
  • Social Science 6-12
  • Mathematics 6-12
  • History 6-12
  • Biology 6-12
  • Art 6-12
  • Physical Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $409 (in-state), $919 (out-of-state)

$25 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • MEd programs offered through a hybrid delivery for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Excellent student-to-faculty ratio of just 17:1 ensures outstanding student-professor communication and interaction

Auburn University at Montgomery offers the finest programs at the most attractive prices, making the process of earning your master's degree and initial teacher certification an affordable one. Plus, choose Auburn at Montgomery and you'll enjoy outstanding clinical experiences that are facilitated through partnerships with more than 150 surrounding schools and organizations. It's no wonder this institution earned a top spot among regional public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 and recognition as one of the best colleges in the Southeast by the Princeton Review. And not to be forgotten, Auburn at Montgomery also earned a Reader's Choice Award in 2018 as the top university in the region by the Montgomery Advertiser.

 

Alabama A&M University (PU)
College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences
Huntsville, AL
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Biology 6-12
  • English Language Arts 6-12
  • Family and Consumer Sciences 6-12
  • General Science 6-12
  • General Social Science 6-12
  • Mathematics 6-12
  • Music-Choral P-12
  • Music-Instrumental P-12
  • Special Education Collaborative Teaching K-6
  • Special Education Collaborative Teaching 6-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $422 (in-state), $840 (out-of-state)

$12 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • Outstanding student experience supported by a superb alumni network and more than 50 student organizations
  • Excellent job placement and careers services provided by Career Development Services

Alabama A&M University is where quality meets value. Its MEd programs feature a truly attractive cost per credit, while at the same time offering an exceptional course of education for bachelor's-prepared students seeking initial teacher certification. This esteemed university, which has roots dating back more than 130 years, also offers the finest student experience, thanks to more than 50 student organizations, an extensive alumni network, and excellent student services like Career Development Services, which offers career development seminar courses, resume critiques, online resources, mock interviews, and more.

Alaska

 

Alaska Pacific University (PR)
Anchorage, AK
Website

MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $650

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Innovative program includes exciting and immersive study at APU's Kellogg campus in Palmer
  • Program features a small cohort of students for the best in interactive learning

Alaska Pacific University knows about value and ingenuity, both of which are offered through its MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education. In addition to its attractive cost per credit of just $650, this innovative program provides bachelor's-prepared students with an opportunity to earn initial teacher certification in elementary education. This hands-on course of study features in-depth study at APU's Kellogg campus in Palmer, which features an outdoor education lab school. You and your peers will complete this immersive program as part of a small cohort, ensuring you get a chance to participate and contribute while you learn.

 

University of Alaska Southeast (PU)
College of Education
Juneau, AK
Website

MAT

  • Elementary Education K-8 (online)
  • Secondary and Middle Grades Education 6-12 (on-campus, online)
  • Special Education (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $489 (in-state), $1,028 (out-of-state)

$12 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Flexible learning options include both on-campus and online delivery
  • Home to the new College of Education, which creates partnerships and collaborations between UA schools to ensure outstanding teacher education

The University of Alaska Southeast MAT programs aren't just your ticket to an affordable master's degree program and initial teacher license - they provide an opportunity for you to make a difference in Alaska's schools. These programs are offered through University of Alaska's College of Education, a new college within UAS that provides statewide leadership in coordination with all UA universities, ensuring that graduates are prepared to become effective educators capable of meeting the unique needs of students in Alaska. Just a couple of the ways UA Southeast positions MAT students for success include the fact that it offers both online and on-campus options and provides outstanding internships in both urban and rural environments.

Arkansas

 

Harding University (PR)
Cannon-Clary College of Education
Searcy, AR
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary K-6
  • Middle Level 4-8
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Drama 7-12
  • English 7-12
  • Family and Consumer Science 7-12
  • Life Sciences 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Physical Science 7-12
  • Social Sciences 7-12
  • Speech 7-12
  • Art K-12
  • Drama/Speech K-12
  • Foreign Language K-12
  • Music (vocational/instrumental) K-12
  • Kinesiology and Health K-12
  • Special Education K-12
  • Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $491

$58 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2023

  • Programs available at the main campus in Searcy, as well as at the university's North Little Rock and Rogers campuses
  • Superb opportunities for international study, thanks to the university's campuses located in Zambia, Brisbane, Chile, London, England, France, Athens, Greece, and Florence.

Harding University's MAT programs leading to initial teacher certification for bachelor's prepared students are priced right at more than $250 less per credit than the state average among private schools. In addition to the school's Searcy campus, MAT students have the option of completing classes at its North Little Rock and Rogers campuses. And in addition to earning props from esteemed, national publications like U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, Harding has consistently earned a spot on the National Merit Scholars list and the President's High Education Community Service Honor Roll. And if you're interested in adding an international approach to your education, Harding has you covered, thanks to its international campuses located in Zambia, Brisbane, Chile, London, England, France, Athens, Greece, and Florence.

 

John Brown University (PR)
Graduate Education
Siloam Springs, AR
Website

MAT (hybrid)

  • Grades 4-8: Math, English, Social Studies or Science
  • Grades 4-12: Computer Science
  • Grades K-12: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Art, Drama/Speech, Physical Education/ Health, or Foreign Languages
  • Grades 7-12: English, Math Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Physics/Mathematics, Drama, or Speech
  • Career Education Grades 7-12: Business Technology, Agriculture Science & Tech, Family and Consumer Science, or Industrial Technology in Secondary Education 7-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $460

$89 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2020

  • Renowned Christian university has been recognized as a top regional university by U.S. News & World Report
  • Flexible and convenient hybrid delivery features online synchronous study and on-campus study at the JBU Rogers Center

At more than $300 less per credit than the state average for teacher prep programs at private schools, John Brown University's MAT will surely catch your attention. But that's not the only thing this school has going for it. Choose the MAT here for initial teacher certification and you'll enjoy small class sizes, an esteemed faculty with years of experience in the field, and the program's flexible and convenient hybrid delivery that features synchronous online courses and evening, on-campus courses at the JBU Rogers Center. Founded in 1919, JBU has become a nationally renowned Christian university, earning accolades from U.S. News & World Report as one of the region's top universities.

 

Henderson State University (PU)
Department of Advanced Instructional Studies
Arkadelphia, AR
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Teaching Grades 4-8
  • Teaching Grades 7-12
  • Special Education K-12
  • Elementary Education K-6

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $281 (in-state), $351 (out-of-state)

$26 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • K-12 and secondary educator programs have been recognized for quality, both in Arkansas and throughout the nation
  • Dedicated faculty provides personalized attention to every student

Henderson State University's MAT programs feature a competitive price tag and a history of educational excellence. After all, the university's K-12 educator program was ranked first in Arkansas and its secondary educator program was ranked third in the southern region. Henderson has also long been known for its personal attention, dedicated faculty, excellent practical experiences, and high-quality programs, making it a sure bet for bachelor's prepared students seeking initial teacher certification.

 

Southern Arkansas University (PU)
College of Education
Magnolia, AR
Website

MAT (online)

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Math 4-8
  • Literacy 4-8
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • Art K-12/4-12
  • Business Education 4-12
  • French K-12/4-12
  • Music, Vocational and Instrumental K-12/4-12
  • Physical Education K-12/4-12
  • Spanish K-12/4-12
  • Agriculture 7-12
  • Art 7-12
  • Business Education 7-12
  • Computer Science 7-12
  • Drama/Speech 7-12
  • English 7-12
  • Family and Consumer Science 7-12
  • Math/Physics 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Music, Vocational and Instrumental 7-12
  • Physical Science 7-12
  • Physical Education 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $280 (in-state), $440 (out-of-state)

$27 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • University ranks first in Arkansas for its return on investment
  • Huge selection of grade level and content areas available

Southern Arkansas University's MAT programs offer two perks for bachelor's-prepared students seeking their graduate degree and initial teacher certification: an affordable price tag and a convenient method of delivery. In addition to a cost per credit that falls below the state average, the MAT programs of Southern Arkansas are available through a fully online course of study, thereby allowing students to earn their master's degree while still fulfilling their personal and professional obligations. These programs are nationally recognized for value: based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, Southern Arkansas lands the first place spot in Arkansas for offering the best return on investment.

 

University of Arkansas at Monticello (PU)
School of Education
Monticello, AR
Website

MAT (online)

  • Elementary K-6
  • Middle Level 4-8
  • Secondary 7-12
  • Special Education K-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: ACT with writing

Estimated cost per credit: $276 (in-state), $316/$561 (online - in-state/out of state), $521 (out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Outstanding record of student success - recent graduates have a 100% passing rate on the PRAXIS exams
  • Outstanding flexibility and convenience through the fully online MAT programs

Online delivery and a cost per credit that falls below the state average for teacher prep programs at public institutions make the University of Arkansas at Monticello's MAT programs an outstanding choice for bachelor's-prepared students seeking a master's degree in education and initial teacher certification. Since 2009, UAM has produced nearly 300 licensed educators. This school's history of student success is undeniable: Graduates of programs within the School of Education here boast a 100% passing rate on the PRAXIS exams!

 

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (PU)
School of Education
Pine Bluff, AR
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary Level
  • Middle-Level
  • Secondary Level
  • Board Range

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $216 (in-state), $490 (out-of-state)

$91 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Superb communication and interaction between students and instructors through a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Excellent study abroad opportunities available

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff features exciting MAT options for bachelor's prepared students seeking initial teacher certification, a cost per credit that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions, and a 130-year legacy of educational excellence. Other perks of completing your MAT program through the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff include a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio, superb collaboration and communication between instructors and students, excellent study abroad opportunities, and an outstanding student experience thanks to more than 90 student organizations.

 

Arkansas Tech University (PU)
College of Education
Russellville, AR
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Art 4-8, 7-12
  • Business 4-8, 7-12
  • Life/Earth Science 4-8, 7-12
  • English 4-8, 7-12
  • Physical/Earth Science 4-8, 7-12
  • Mathematics 4-8, 7-12
  • Physical Education 4-8, 7-12
  • Wellness and Leisure 4-8, 7-12
  • Social Studies 4-8, 7-12
  • Music (Instrumental & Vocal) 4-8, 7-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: ACT with writing

Estimated cost per credit: $292 (in-state), $584 (out-of-state)

$15 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Third largest university in the state includes more than 12,000 students and a variety of outstanding resources and services
  • Intimate learning environment features a low, 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Arkansas Tech University's MAT programs provide aspiring educators with a bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn their master's and initial teacher certification at a truly affordable price. Choose the MAT at Arkansas Tech and you'll be part of an esteemed university that includes more than 12,000 students, making it the third largest in Arkansas. But its significant size doesn't mean an impersonal educational experience. Instead, this university boasts a low, 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio and excellent student services like free tutoring and one-on-one academic coaching.

California

 

Azusa Pacific University (PR)
School of Education
Azusa, CA
Website

MAEd (on-campus)

  • Special Education with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist
  • Special Education with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist
  • Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching K-8
  • Teaching and Single Subject Teaching 7-12

MA in Physical Education with Single Subject Teaching (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: CBEST/CSET

Estimated cost per credit: $745

$300 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • University was ranked among ‘America's Top Colleges' by U.S. News & World Report in 2017 and named one of the best schools in the nation by Forbes
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available in South Africa, Ecuador, and more

Azusa Pacific University's MAEd programs and its online MA in Physical Education are perfectly designed to take what you've learned in your previous bachelor's degree and apply it toward your master's and initial teaching license. Top it off with a truly affordable price per credit and it's easy to see why Azusa Pacific has made a name for itself when it comes to excellent EPP programs. It's MAEd programs are offered at the main campus in Azusa, as well as at its satellite campuses in High Desert, Inland Empire, Murrieta, Orange County, and San Diego, thereby making the process of earning your master's degree a truly convenient one. Classes in these programs meet just one night per week, so meeting your professional and personal obligations while returning to school for your initial teacher license are easier than ever.

 

Brandman University (PR)
Irvine, CA
Website

MAT

  • Elementary Education (hybrid, online)
  • Secondary Education (hybrid, online)
  • Mild/Moderate (hybrid)
  • Moderate/Severe (hybrid)
  • Early Childhood Education Specialist (hybrid, online)
  • Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe (hybrid)

Entrance Exam Requirements: CBEST, PRAXIS CASE/CORE, or any other CTC-approved basic skills exam

Estimated cost per credit: $660

$385 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • All programs offered through a fully online or hybrid delivery for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • University boasts more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington

Brandman University's exciting MAT programs for aspiring educators are both affordable and convenient, making them a sure bet for students seeking their master's degree and initial teacher certification. In addition to a cost per credit that's more than $400 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, Brandman's MAT programs are offered through either a fully online or hybrid delivery method, thereby providing an outstanding degree of convenience and flexibility for working professionals. Brandman is home to more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, so you're sure to find a location near you.

 

Point Loma Nazarene University (PR)
School of Education
San Diego, CA
Website

MAT (hybrid)

  • Elementary K-12
  • Education Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12
  • Education Specialist Moderate/Severe K-12
  • Secondary Language Arts
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary Social Science
  • Secondary Foreign Language
  • Secondary Visual Arts
  • Secondary Physical Education
  • Content-Specific Pedagogy (business, music, agriculture, and home economics)

Entrance Exam Requirements: CBEST, PRAXIS CASE/CORE, or any other CTC-approved basic skills exam

Estimated cost per credit: $660

$385 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Classes meet at the university's campuses in Bakersfield and Mission Valley Regional Center
  • Supportive, collaborative environment features mentorship and guidance from faculty, career counselors, and an extensive alumni network

Point Loma Nazarene University's MAT programs come complete with a truly affordable price tag and the convenience of hybrid delivery. Complete some courses through online study and complete others through a combination of online and on-campus coursework, with classes meeting in Bakersfield and Mission Valley Regional Center. Choose Point Loma for your master's degree leading to initial teacher certification and you'll be part of a collaborative community that features mentorship from professors, guidance from career counselors, and support from an extensive alumni network. Plus, the low student-to-teacher ratio of just 14:1 ensures that you're not just a number here, you're recognized as an individual.

 

California State University Fullerton (PU)
College of Education
Fullerton, CA
Website

MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction - multiple subject credential (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: CBEST

Estimated cost per credit: $299 (in-state), $744 (out-of-state)

$22 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2024

  • CSU Fullerton ranked among the top ‘Best Colleges For Your Money' by Money magazine in 2018
  • CSU Fullerton ranked among the ‘Best Value' institutions by Forbes in 2018

The California State Fullerton online MSED programs leading to initial teacher certification boast the best in affordability and convenience, coming in below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and featuring a fully online course of study. These successful programs have even been recognized among U.S. News & World Report's ‘Best Online Education Programs' in 2018. Cal State Fullerton is the leading campus of the CSU system, serving as a major driver of economic development for the region and state.

Connecticut

 

University of Hartford (PR)
Department of Education
West Hartford, CT
Website

MEd

  • Early Childhood Education (on-campus)
  • Elementary Education (on-campus)
  • Special Education (online)
  • Montessori Concentration (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $596

$185 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Extensive alumni network of more than 85,000
  • Outstanding job placement rate of 94% among graduates

The University of Hartford's MEd programs feature some of the most impressive statistics, including a cost per credit that falls well below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools…a 94% job placement rate within six months of graduation…and more than 55 partner schools throughout the state for exciting practical experiences. In addition to its MEd programs designed for bachelor's prepared students seeking initial teacher certification, the University of Hartford also offers a Montessori concentration that allows students to earn their master's degree while also earning the internationally recognized Association Montessori Internationale diploma.

 

Central Connecticut State University (PU)
School of Education & Professional Studies
New Britain, CT
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in English (7-12)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in History/Social Studies (7-12)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in Mathematics (7-12)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in Sciences (7-12)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in Spanish (7-12)
  • Teaching: Teacher Education with Specializations in Special Education (7-12)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE or CCSU writing exam

Estimated cost per credit: $515 (in-state), $1,048 (out-of-state)

$106 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Exciting options to study abroad and partner universities in Ghana, Japan, South Korea, China, Germany, France, and more
  • MAT programs feature an accelerated, 13-month cohort model

Central Connecticut State University's MAT programs provide aspiring educators like you with everything you need for success: a program cost that comes in below the state average for public schools…an accelerated schedule that allows the program to be completed in just 13 months…and a unique cohort learning model for the best in collaboration and communication. Choose CCSU for your MAT leading to initial educator certification and you'll be part of an institution that's been a leader in public education for more than 170 years, serving as a major economic, social, cultural, and intellectual driver for the state of Connecticut.

Delaware

 

Wilmington University (PR)
College of Education
New Castle, DE
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Elementary Studies K-6
  • Special Education
  • Career and Technical Education 9-12

MA in Teaching, Secondary Education 7-12 (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $488

$56 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Low, 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio delivers a personalized learning experience
  • Programs available at the New Castle, Dover, Georgetown, and Cumberland campuses

Wilmington University's MEd and MA in Teaching programs are affordable degrees designed specifically for bachelor's-prepared students seeking a graduate education in teaching and their initial teacher certification. In addition to offering a great value in graduate education, Wilmington's programs boast a low 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio for excellent student-professor interaction and collaboration…options to study at the university's New Castle, Dover, Georgetown, and Cumberland campuses…your choice of day and evening classes…and an expert faculty of active practitioners. Students of these programs also have full access to the Wilmington University Student Success Center, a resource for tutoring, workshops, seminars, learning resources, and more.

District of Columbia - Washington, D.C.

 

Howard University (PR)
School of Education
Washington D.C.
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education 1-6
  • Secondary Education 7-12
  • Special Education K-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $1,305

$364 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2024

  • School of Education is recognized among the top 100 graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • University has an outstanding history of academic excellence that goes back more than 150 years

Howard University's MEd programs boast an attractive price tag at more than $350 below the per credit average for ITP master's programs at private schools in the District. And at that affordable price, the Howard University School of Education offers an exceptional value with its high powered reputation, recognized among the top 100 graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1867, Howard University is built on a long legacy of academic excellence, awarding more than 120,000 degrees since then. It remains one of the nation's leading research universities, supported by its cutting-edge scholarship and outstanding faculty.

 

University of the District of Columbia (PU)
College of Arts and Sciences
Washington D.C.
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Math
  • Music
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary Social Studies

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $500 (in-state), $962 (out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2021

  • University boasts the lowest tuition of any university in Washington D.C.
  • Exciting opportunities for experiential learning in D.C. public schools

The University of the District of Columbia's MAT program for aspiring educators seeking initial certification is built on an innovative curriculum that's focused on practical classroom training taught by only the most qualified instructors. In fact, many of the college's adjunct professors are active participants in the D.C. public schools. The UDC has close partnerships with D.C. public schools, thereby allowing MAT students to work with professional mentors for exciting, hands-on learning experiences. And did we mention that the UDC has the most affordable tuition of any university in Washington D.C.? That's something impressive enough it bears repeating.

Florida

 

Florida Atlantic University (PU)
College of Education
Boca Raton, FL
Website

MEd (campus)

  • Elementary Education with ESOL
  • Secondary Education
      • Art
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Physics
      • Social Sciences

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $304 (in-state), $928 (out-of-state)

$93 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2022

  • Outstanding alumni network of nearly 150,000
  • College of Education is home to a number of award-winning schools, including the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and the Palm Point School of Tradition

Florida Atlantic University's MEd programs are priced right and designed to ensure the success of aspiring teachers like you. Grounded in proven educational theory, yet at the top of their game when it comes to teaching innovation, FAU knows what it takes to produce the next generation of educators. It's no wonder they were the first institution in Florida to earn CAEP accreditation. The MEd programs of FAU are delivered through the university's Boca, Jupiter, and Davie campuses.

Georgia

 

Clark Atlanta University (PR)
School of Education
Atlanta, GA
Website

MAT (campus)

  • Mathematics 6-12
  • Science 6-12

MA in Special Education (campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $887

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • A low, 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures an outstanding, personalized learning experience
  • University is the largest institution within the Atlanta University Center Consortium

Clark Atlanta University's MAT and MA programs for bachelor's-prepared candidates seeking initial teacher certification are part of a long history of academic excellence dating back to 1865. Today, Clark Atlanta is the largest institution within the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Thanks to its long history of student success and learning excellence, accolades here are numerous. Recently, the university was named among the ‘Best Southeastern Universities' by the Princeton Review and among America's best HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report.

 

University of West Georgia (PU)
College of Education
Carrollton, GA
Website

MAT 6-12 (hybrid)

  • Biology
  • Broad Field Science
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science

Entrance Exam Requirements: GACE

Estimated cost per credit: $241 (in-state), $935 (out-of-state)

$9 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Outstanding, personalized learning experience, thanks to a low, 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 2018: University was recognized among the nation's top colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and as a Best Regional College by the Princeton Review

The University of West Georgia's MAT programs feature everything you're looking for in a master's program leading to initial teacher certification: a convenient, hybrid delivery and a cost per credit that's below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools. The University of West Georgia also features a low, 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a reputation as one of the leading universities in the nation. In 2018, it was recognized among the nation's top colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and as a Best Regional College by the Princeton Review.

 

Columbus State University (PU)
College of Education and Health Professions
Columbus, GA
Website

MAT

  • Early Childhood Education (on-campus)
  • Secondary Biology (online)
  • Secondary Chemistry (online)
  • Secondary Earth Space Science (online)
  • Secondary Mathematics (online)
  • Secondary Physics (online)
  • K-12 Computer Science (online)
  • Art Education (on-campus)
  • Health and Physical Education (on-campus)
  • Middle Grades Education (on-campus)
    • Language Arts/Social Studies
    • Language Arts/Mathematics
    • Mathematics/Social Studies
    • Science/Social Studies
    • Science/Social Studies
    • Science/Mathematics
    • Science/Language Arts
  • Secondary Education (on-campus)
    • Biology Education
    • Chemistry Education
    • Earth and Space Science
    • English Language Arts
    • History
    • Mathematics
  • Special Education (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GACE

Estimated cost per credit: $210 (in-state), $385 (online), $817 (out-of-state)

$40 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • University boasts small class sizes and low, 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Outstanding reputation as a top teaching university

With a cost per credit that comes in below the state average and a large selection of MAT programs for bachelor's-prepared students seeking initial teacher certification, you'd be hard-pressed to find a university that beats Columbus State University. What's more is that many of the programs are offered online, thereby providing working professionals with a truly convenient and flexible course of study. Adding to its reputation as a top teaching university, Columbus State boasts a top-notch faculty, small class sizes, and the nationally renowned outreach centers of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

 

University of North Georgia (PU)
College of Education
Dahlonega, GA
Website

MAT (hybrid)

  • Middle Grades
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Science
  • Health & PE Education P-12
  • Secondary Education, English 6-12
  • Secondary Education, History 6-12
  • Secondary Education, Mathematics 6-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: GACE, GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $230 (in-state), $916 (out-of-state)

$20 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • University named among the ‘Best Public Universities in the South' by U.S. News & World Report in 2016
  • MAT programs designed as a cohort that starts each June

The University of North Georgia's MAT programs for aspiring educators come with everything you'd expect in a top-notch EPP program: quality, convenience, and affordability. In addition to a cost per credit that falls below the state average, the MAT programs are designed as a cohort that starts each June and feature on-campus and hybrid courses for the best in flexibility and convenience. The university has also earned a spot among the ‘Best Public Universities in the South' by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

 

Clayton State University (PU)
School of Education
Morrow, GA
Website

MAT in Secondary Education (on-campus)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Biology

Entrance Exam Requirements: GACE/GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $200 (in-state), $732 (out-of-state)

$50 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE

  • Program designed as a cohort that features small classes and personalized attention
  • Outstanding faculty of active practitioners

Clayton State University's MAT program in secondary education is at the intersection of quality and value. Thanks to a cost per credit that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions, you're sure to enjoy the program's affordability. And with an innovative blend of content and methods courses, professional studies courses, and field-based experiences, the MAT program has everything you need to earn initial teacher certification upon graduation. Best of all, the cohort model of this program features personalized attention, small class sizes, and an outstanding faculty of active practitioners for an exceptional learning experience.

Hawaii

 

Chaminade University (PR)
School of Education and Behavioral Science
Honolulu, HI
Website

MAT (online)

  • Early Childhood Education PK-3
  • Early Childhood Education Montessori PK-K
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Secondary Education 6-12
  • Special Education K-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $825 (on-campus), $918 (online)

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2023

  • MAT programs feature service-learning projects, research and internship experiences, and leadership and community networking opportunities
  • Online delivery ensures outstanding convenience and flexibility

For the aspiring educator, Chaminade University's MAT programs check all the boxes for affordability, convenience, and quality. The MAT programs here are priced lower than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools…are available through a fully online delivery for the best in convenience and flexibility…and are taught in small classes by a world-class faculty. In just 21 months, you can earn your master's and your initial teacher certification through Chaminade's MAT offerings.

Illinois

 

Concordia University Chicago (PR)
College of Education
River Forest, IL
Website

MAT

  • Elementary Education (hybrid)
  • Secondary Education (on-campus)
    • English/Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • Social Science - History
    • Science-Biology
    • Science-Chemistry

Entrance Exam Requirements: Illinois TAP

Estimated cost per credit: $510

$160 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • Personalized learning experience achieved through a low, 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Outstanding employment rate of 90% among graduates within six months of graduation

Concordia University Chicago's innovative MAT programs offer a cost per credit that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools. As a Concordia graduate student you'll be part of a robust graduate college that includes about 4,300 students yet maintains a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 11:1. The university's record of success is undeniable: 90% of all graduates are employed within six months of receiving their diplomas.

 

Saint Xavier University (PR)
College of Arts and Sciences
Chicago, IL
Website

MAT

  • Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 2 (on-campus)
  • Elementary Education 1-6 (online)
  • Middle Level Education 5-8 (on-campus)
  • Music Education K-12 (on-campus)
  • Secondary Education 9-12 (on-campus)
    • Art
    • Biology
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Science
    • Music Spanish
  • Spanish Education K-12 (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: Illinois TAP

Estimated cost per credit: $575

$95 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Ranked among the best value schools in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • MAT programs feature small class sizes and a supportive learning environment

Saint Xavier University's MAT programs, whether online or on-campus, are designed to save you money while providing you with an innovative path to your master's degree and initial teacher certification. St. Xavier fosters a supportive learning environment that's complemented with small class sizes and an esteemed and dedicated faculty. This university remains a leader in the Midwest, earning a spot among the best value schools in the region by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.

 

Dominican University (PR)
School of Education
River Forest, IL
Website

MSEd (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood with ESL or Bilingual Endorsement
  • Elementary with ESL or Bilingual Endorsement
  • Middle
    • English/Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English/Language Arts
  • Special Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: Illinois TAP

Estimated cost per credit: $550

$120 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Ranked third among the ‘Best Value Schools' in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • Exciting opportunities for global study through the university's 20 study abroad programs

Dominican University's MSEd programs are affordable, at nearly $150 less per credit than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions, and academically robust, earning the university 3rd place among master's-level universities in the Midwest and 1st place among master's-level universities in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. Other perks of earning your MSEd through Dominican include exciting study abroad opportunities, excellent opportunities for service-learning projects and experiences, and outstanding career development and academic support services.

Indiana

 

Oakland City University (PR)
School of Education
Oakland City, IN
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Secondary Education (5-12)
  • Special Education (P-12)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE/Indiana CORE/ PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $450

$50 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top universities in the Midwest
  • Outstanding career events include on-campus recruitment days

Oakland City University's MAT has everything you need for success: an outstanding cost that comes in well below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools…a streamlined course of study designed specifically for the bachelor's prepared student…and outstanding career services that will make your transition from graduate student to professional educator a seamless one. OCU's career services are plentiful and include a variety of events like on-campus recruitment days that put students in contact with prospective employers.

 

American College of Education (PR)
Indianapolis, IN
Website

MA (online)

  • Elementary Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching

Entrance Exam Requirements: ACT/SAT/GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $235

$265 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2020

  • Fully online program is a convenient and flexible alternative to on-campus learning
  • Convenient, five-week courses are easy to manage for the working professional

American College of Education's online MA program is designed especially for you, the bachelor's-prepared career changer! In addition to offering a truly impressive tuition that comes in well below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, the MA here in either elementary or secondary teaching is offered fully online (with the exception of the required hands-on learning), thereby allowing you to maintain your professional responsibilities while returning to school for your master's degree and initial teaching license. The convenient, five-week courses include exciting, interactive learning experiences that feature online video lectures and class discussions.

Kansas

 

University of Saint Mary (PR)
Overland Park, KS
Website

MA (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: CBase or equivalent

Estimated cost per credit: $410

$76 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2026

  • University named a ‘Best Midwestern College' since 2005 by the Princeton Review
  • Convenient, accelerated course of study allows you to earn your master's degree and initial teaching license in just two years

The University of Saint Mary's MA program is affordable, at more than $100 less per credit than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools. The accelerated program allows you to complete your licensure and master's degree requirements in just two years. And as the only on-campus master's programs in the Kansas City area designed for bachelor's prepared students to earn their initial teaching license, it's also one of a kind. The quality of the education here is undeniable-the college has consistently earned a spot among the Princeton Review's Best Midwestern Colleges since 2005.

 

Pittsburg State University (PU)
College of Education
Pittsburg, KS
Website

MAT (online)

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education, high incidence K-6 or 6-12 (designed for para-educators with at least one year of experience working as a paraeducator)
  • ESOL PreK-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: Professional Disposition Assessment

Estimated cost per credit: $354 (online in-state and out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • University boasts an outstanding 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • MAT is ranked among the top 25 online graduate education programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Pittsburg State University's online MAT is everything you expect in a high-quality master's degree…and more! This affordable program, which comes in lower than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, is offered via a fully online format, thereby allowing working professionals like you to complete the program while still maintaining professional and personal commitments. Plus, the program's outstanding curriculum has earned it a spot among the top 25 online graduate education programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Wichita State University (PU)
School of Education
Wichita, KS
Website

MAT Early Child Unified Residency Program B-3 (on-campus)

MAT (hybrid)

  • Art PreK-12
  • Biology 6-12
  • Chemistry 6-12
  • Earth/Space 6-12
  • English 5-8, 6-12
  • French PreK-12
  • History/Government 6-12
  • Math 5-8, 6-12
  • Music PreK-12
  • Physics 6-12
  • Science 5-8
  • Spanish PreK-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $302 (in-state), $742 (out-of-state)

$50 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • Hybrid format ensures the best in convenience and flexibility
  • More than half of the teachers and administrators in Wichita public schools are WSU graduates

Wichita State University doesn't just offer an affordable master's program for the bachelor's prepared student seeking an initial teaching license, it also offers a flexible and convenient course of study that can be completed in just two years through a combination of on-campus and online study. Wichita State University has an outstanding record of student success, so you'll feel secure knowing you're not just earning a degree, you're getting the highest quality education in preparation for your teaching career. In fact, more than half of the teachers and administrators in Wichita public schools are WSU graduates!

 

Emporia State University (PU)
The Teachers College
Emporia, KS
Website

MS Elementary Education (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $260 (in-state), $341 (in-state online), $481 (out-of-state online), $808 (out-of-state)

$11 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2026

  • Flexible and convenient online format is designed for busy, working adults
  • Outstanding history of student success: University was the first public school in Kansas for preparing teachers

Emporia State University understands that a high-quality master's program must also offer convenience and affordability, which is why their online MS in Elementary Education program for the bachelor's prepared student comes in below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and is offered in a flexible, online format. Complete your degree through Emporia and you'll be part of a long history of academic excellence. In fact, Emporia State University was the first public school in Kansas charged with preparing teachers.

Kentucky

 

Campbellsville University (PR)
School of Education
Campbellsville, KY
Website

MA in Special Education (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE or PRAXIS CORE/CASE

Estimated cost per credit: $299

$137 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Named among the nation's ‘Best Online Education Programs' by U.S. News & World Report
  • Fully online program ensures flexibility and convenience

Online and affordable…Campbellsville University's MA in Special Education has it all for the bachelor's prepared student seeking a master's degree and an initial teaching license. While this program is offered at a distance, you'll always feel connected and engaged, thanks to the dedicated faculty and an innovative learning platform that ensures plenty of communication and collaboration. It's no wonder Campbellsville University earned a spot among the nation's ‘Best Online Education Programs' by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Georgetown College (PR)
Georgetown, KY
Website

MAEd (online)

  • Learning and Behavior Disorders P-12 and/or Moderate and Severe Disabilities P-12
  • Middle or High School
    • Biological Science
    • Chemistry, Physics
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
  • French P-12
  • German P-12
  • Spanish P-12
  • Instrumental/Vocal Music P-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $410

$26 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Program named among the nation's ‘Best Online Graduate Education Programs' by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • Online program is designed as a cohort to ensure a truly engaging and interactive online learning experience

Georgetown College's online MAEd isn't just affordable, it's academically rigorous, earning a spot on the U.S. News & World Report 2019 list of the nation's ‘Best Online Graduate Education Programs'. This fully online program offers the best in convenience and flexibility for the working professional and is designed in a cohort format that features seven- and 15-week courses. The innovative design features interactive assignments and group activities to ensure a truly engaging online learning experience.

 

Spalding University (PR)
College of Education
Louisville, KY
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary P-5
  • Middle School 5-9
  • Art P-12
  • Secondary 8-12
  • Art P-12
  • Biological Science 5-12
  • Business and Marketing 5-12
  • Chemistry P-12
  • Earth Science P-12
  • English P-12
  • Mathematics P-12
  • Social Studies P-12
  • Spanish P-12
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders P-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $395

$41 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2026

  • University features a unique schedule that includes six-week classes followed by a one-week break
  • Convenient on-campus courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate adult learners

With a tuition rate that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, Spalding University's innovative MAT program for the bachelor's prepared student seeking an initial teaching license is affordability at its finest. This on-campus program is designed for the working professional, as most courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays, so you can continue to meet your professional and personal obligations while earning your master's degree. Choose Spalding for your degree and you'll enjoy the university's convenient, six-week block schedule that includes six weeks of learning followed by a one-week break. This non-traditional schedule is one of the reasons many students choose Spalding for their degree!

 

University of the Cumberlands (PR)
Graduate School
Williamsburg, KY
Website

MAT (online)

  • Elementary Education P-5
  • Middle School Education 5-9
  • Secondary Education 8-12
  • All Grades P-12
  • Business and Marketing 5-12
  • Special Education - Learning & Behavioral Disorders P-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $315

$121 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Convenient, eight-week online courses ensure an accelerated, streamlined learning experience
  • Program boasts small class sizes and ample student-faculty interaction

The University of the Cumberlands MAT program is everything you'd want in a master's degree leading to initial teaching licensure…and more! In addition to a cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, this streamlined program is offered online, thereby allowing you to earn your master's while still fulfilling your professional and personal obligations. Although the MAT is delivered online, you'll be immersed in the school's online learning community, which features plenty of interaction and collaboration with instructors and peers. The result: a truly personalized learning experience that's aimed at your success. Choose the MAT here and you'll be part of a 130-year legacy of educational excellence.

 

Eastern Kentucky University (PU)
Graduate Education & Research
Richmond, KY
Website

MAT

  • Elementary Education (online)
  • Middle Grades Education 5-9 (online)
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • English/Language Arts
  • Secondary Education 5-12 (hybrid)
    • Agriculture
    • Business and Marketing
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Family and Consumer Science
    • Industrial Technology
  • Secondary Education 8-12 (hybrid)
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Science
  • P-12 (hybrid)
    • Art
    • French
    • Health Education
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Physical Education and Health
    • School Health
    • Spanish

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $550 (in-state), $510 (online), $800 (out-of-state)

$26 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • MAT program named among the nation's best online grad programs in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online and hybrid programs offer the best in convenience and flexibility for working professionals

Eastern Kentucky University's master's offerings for the bachelor's prepared student seeking initial teaching licensure are nothing short of impressive! Combine that with the program's cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and it's easy to see why EKU should be on your radar. EKU also offers the best in convenience and flexibility for working professionals, thanks to the fully online core courses and the online and hybrid content area courses. It's no wonder EKU's MAT program earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report's list of best online grad programs in 2017.

 

Kentucky State University (PU)
School of Education and Human Development
Frankfort, KY
Website

MAT in Special Education: Learning Behavior Disorders P-12 (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $420 (in-state), $500 (online), $630 (out-of-state)

$156 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 12:1
  • Online delivery ensures the best in convenience and flexibility

Kentucky State University's MAT in Special Education is a winner among graduate programs for bachelor's prepared students seeking initial teacher licensure. That's because it's priced more than $150 per credit below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and it's offered online for the best in convenience and flexibility. Other perks of choosing Kentucky State for your MAT include a low, 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and access to the school's Career and Professional Development Center to ensure you're success even after you graduate.

 

University of Kentucky (PU)
College of Education
Lexington, KY
Website

MIC in Secondary Education (on-campus)

  • English
  • Social Studies

MAT in STEM (hybrid)

  • Math
  • Science

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $544 (in-state), $1,307 (out-of-state)

$32 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Unique, clinically based learning environment ensures outstanding, hands-on learning experiences from the first day
  • Named among the ‘Top Public Schools' in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2020

The University of Kentucky should be on your short list of schools for earning your master's degree and initial teaching license. Both the MIC and MAT feature an outstanding program cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and a clinically based learning environment that allows you to begin practicing your craft from the first day. This unique learning model allows students to quickly learn the ins and outs of classroom teaching through actual, hands-on experiences. It's no wonder the University of Kentucky earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report list of ‘Top Public Schools' in the country in 2020.

Louisiana

 

Louisiana College (PR)
Pineville, LA
Website

MAT + TEACH (hybrid)

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $412

$244 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2021

  • Hybrid program offers an ideal blend of online and on-campus study
  • 113-year history of producing Christian-minded leaders

The Louisiana College MAT+TEACH program really does have it all: affordability, convenience, and a commitment to academic excellence. In addition to this program's cost, which comes in at nearly $250 per credit below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, it's offered in a convenient hybrid format that features the ideal blend of online and in-person coursework. Choose Louisiana College for your master's degree leading to initial teacher certification and you'll be part of a long history of academic excellence built upon a Christian worldview. Founded in 1906, Louisiana College enjoys the distinction of being the only four-year Baptist institution in Louisiana.

 

Louisiana Tech University (PU)
College of Education
Ruston, LA
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood Education PK-3
  • Middle School Education 4-8
    • Mathematics
    • Science
  • Secondary Education 6-12
    • Agriculture
    • Business
    • English
    • General Science, Biology
    • General Science, Chemistry
    • General Science, Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
  • Special Education, Visually Impaired
  • Elementary and Special Education 1-5

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $162 (in-state), $307 (out-of-state)

$159 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Louisiana College has been producing the next generation of educators since 1894
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated faculty and student success specialists

Louisiana Tech University's MAT program is part of the university's storied history of producing the next generation of educators. Since 1894, Louisiana Tech has been preparing educators, and today, its MAT program continues this legacy of excellence, providing bachelor's prepared students with an innovative path to their master's and initial teacher license. Just a few of the perks of completing your degree here include access to student success specialists who ensure your academic success…dedicated faculty members…and a low, student-to-faculty ratio for the best in personalized learning.

 

Southeastern Louisiana University (PU)
College of Education
Hammond, LA
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Special Education, Early Intervention
  • Elementary Education 1-5

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $288 (in-state), $798 (out-of-state)

$33 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Outstanding apprenticeship model ensures access to exciting field experiences and service-learning opportunities
  • Excellent teaching experiences supported by the school's collaborative partnerships with more than 300 schools

The Southeastern Louisiana University MAT program isn't just affordable, it's built on a legacy of academic excellence and features close faculty mentorship, guided field experiences, and outstanding service-learning opportunities through the school's innovative apprenticeship model. Plus, your teaching experience here is supported by the school's collaborative partnerships with more than 300 schools and agencies.

 

Northwestern State, University of Louisiana (PU)
School of Education
Natchitoches, LA
Website

MAT (online)

  • Early Childhood Education PK-3
  • Elementary Education 1-5
  • Middle School Education 4-8 9 (in a content area)
  • Secondary Education 6-12 (in a content area)
  • Special Education Integrated Mild/Moderate 1-5
  • Special Education Integrated Mild/Moderate 4-8
  • Special Education Mild/Moderate 6-12 (dual in SPED and a content area)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $239 (in-state), $475 (online), $687 (out-of-state)

$82 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2026

  • University's online campus is the largest of its kind in Louisiana
  • Fully online program ensures the best in convenience and flexibility for working professionals

Northwestern State, University of Louisiana's online MAT program provides you with everything you're looking for in a master's program leading to an initial teaching license: affordability and convenience! This innovative program boasts a cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and a truly convenient and flexible online learning environment that allows you to earn your master's while still fulfilling your personal and professional obligations. For more than 130 years, Northwestern State University of Louisiana has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence. Today, its eNSU campus is the largest online campus in Louisiana.

 

University of New Orleans (PU)
Department of Education and Human Development
New Orleans, LA
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education 1-5
  • Secondary Education 6-12
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • General Science
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
  • General Special Education, Mild/Moderate: An Integrated to Merged Approach 1-5
  • General Special Education Mild/Moderate: An Integrated to Merged Approach 6-12
  • Special Education, Early Intervention Birth-5

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT/SAT

Estimated cost per credit: $254 (in-state), $444 (out-of-state)

$67 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • For six straight years, U.S. News & World Report named the university among the top schools in the country producing graduates with the least amount of debt
  • Located just minutes from the famed French Quarter

With a reputation for excellence and national accolades from such esteemed publications as the Princeton Review, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report, the University of New Orleans is a sure bet for excellence in education. Its MAT program is no exception, providing bachelor's prepared students like you with a convenient and affordable path to a master's and initial teacher certification. Affordability has also been a priority here, and it shows; for six straight years, U.S. News & World Report named the university among the top schools in the country turning out graduates with minimal debt. Other perks of earning your MAT through the University of New Orleans include an extensive alumni network of more than 10,000, a host of student organizations, and a location that's just minutes from the famed French Quarter.

Maine

 

University of Southern Maine (PU)
School of Education and Human Development
Portland, ME
Website

MS in Special Education (online)

MSEd (on-campus)

  • Elementary and Middle Level K-8
  • English 7-12
  • World Languages K-12
  • Life Sciences 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Physical Science 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • ESL

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $421 (in-state), $526 (online), $1,141 (out-of-state)

$15 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2022

  • Outstanding career services offered through the Career & Employment Hub
  • Programs offered on a full- or part-time basis, with on-campus graduate courses offered in the afternoons, evenings, and on the weekends

The University of Southern Maine master's degrees for bachelor's prepared students preparing for initial teaching licenses come with a price tag that will get your attention. In fact, the cost per credit here falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools, making your master's degree more accessible than ever. But this university offers much more than just a great value in graduate education. Choose the University of Southern Maine and you'll enjoy outstanding career and employment services through the Career & Employment Hub…a supportive faculty of practitioners…the option of full- and part-time study…and on-campus graduate courses offered in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends.

Maryland

 

Notre Dame of Maryland University (PR)
School of Education
Baltimore, MD
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Art PreK-12
  • Music PreK-12
  • World Languages PreK-12
  • Early Childhood Education PreK-3
  • Elementary Education 1-6
  • Special Education 1-8 or 6-Adult
  • Secondary Education 7-12
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Theatre

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $585

$112 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Ranked among the top regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • 100% of all graduates from the past three cohorts work in the teaching field

For more than a century, Notre Dame of Maryland University has been producing the next generation of leaders and changemakers, and its MAT program is no exception. This innovative program, which features a cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, allows bachelor's-prepared students like you to earn your master's degree and initial teaching license through a streamlined course of study that can be completed in just 10 months. Choose the MAT here and you'll study alongside a close cohort of your peers while you complete courses that are held in the evenings and on Saturdays for optimum convenience. This program's history of academic excellence is clear: 100% of all graduates from the past three cohorts are working as teachers.

 

Stevenson University (PR)
School of Education
Stevenson, MD
Website

MAT in Middle or High School (online)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, SAT, ACT, or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $495

$202 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Eight-week online courses offer the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Online program backed by an accomplished faculty and a supportive online community

Stevenson University's online MAT program comes with the convenience you need and the affordability you demand. Priced nearly $200 less per credit than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, the MAT is as affordable at it is high in quality. And thanks to a fully online course of study, you'll be able to effortlessly manage your professional and personal responsibilities while you work toward your master's degree and initial teaching license. This online program comes complete with an accomplished faculty with real-world experience, a supportive online community, and convenient, eight-week courses.

 

McDaniel College (PR)
Graduate Programs
Westminster, MD
Website

MS in Teaching (on-campus)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, SAT, ACT, or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $495

$202 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Eight-week online courses offer the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Online program backed by an accomplished faculty and a supportive online community

Stevenson University's online MAT program comes with the convenience you need and the affordability you demand. Priced nearly $200 less per credit than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools, the MAT is as affordable at it is high in quality. And thanks to a fully online course of study, you'll be able to effortlessly manage your professional and personal responsibilities while you work toward your master's degree and initial teaching license. This online program comes complete with an accomplished faculty with real-world experience, a supportive online community, and convenient, eight-week courses.

MS in Deaf Education K-12 (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, SAT, ACT, or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $510

$187 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2024

  • Evening, weekend, and select online courses accommodate busy, working professionals
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities at McDaniel Europe located in Budapest, Hungary

The McDaniel College MS programs boast a competitive tuition that falls well below the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools…evening, weekend, and some online courses to accommodate working adults…small class sizes for a personalized learning experience…plenty of opportunities to make valuable professional connections…and exciting study abroad opportunities at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. It's hard to imagine a program could be more ideal for grad students making the transition to careers in education.

 

Coppin State University (PU)
School of Education
Baltimore, MD
Website

MEd in Special Education (on-campus)

MAT in Elementary Education (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $344 (in-state), $633 (out-of-state)

$141 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • University founded in 1900 as a teacher's college
  • Outstanding career services includes dedicated teacher recruitment days

The Coppin State University master's programs for non-traditional students pursuing teaching certification offer the perfect combination of affordability and convenience. Choose the MEd in Special Education or the MAT in Elementary Education through Coppin State and you'll enjoy a tuition that falls well below the state average as you earn both your master's degree and initial teaching license through a convenient combination of day, evening, and weekend courses. Since its founding in 1900 as a teacher's college, Coppin State University has been committed to producing the next generation of educators, in Baltimore and throughout the nation.

 

Morgan State University (PU)
Graduate Studies
Baltimore, MD
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • English
    • Foreign Language
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Music

Entrance Exam Requirements: MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $455 (in-state), $894 (out-of-state)

$30 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • One of the nation's most diverse historically black colleges and universities
  • Outstanding career services offered through the Center for Career Development include annual career events and fairs

Morgan State University's MAT, priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools, is value epitomized. Not only is it one of the most affordable options in Maryland, the name Morgan State comes with an esteemed reputation as a preeminent public urban research university and doctoral-level research institution, and holds a spot among the nation's most diverse historically black colleges and universities.

 

Bowie State University (PU)
The Graduate School
Bowie, MD
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Secondary Education (in a content area)
  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education Preparation (ECED) or ECED/Special Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $423 (in-state), $709 (out-of-state)

$62 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Prime location near Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis
  • Named among the nation's top HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report

Bowie State University's innovative and affordable MAT program is designed for bachelor's prepared working professionals like you seeking a master's degree and initial teaching license. Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest historically black college in Maryland, and one of the ten oldest in the entire country. The university is built on this tradition of academic excellence, offering students a supportive academic environment and outstanding resources as an institutional member of the University System of Maryland. It's no wonder it's been named among the nation's top 30 HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report, as well as being named by The Economist as one of the best value options among Maryland's four-year colleges and universities.

 

Salisbury University (PU)
Graduate Programs
Salisbury, MD
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Earth Science
  • French
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, SAT, ACT, or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $412 (in-state), $746 (out-of-state)

$73 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1
  • Outstanding alumni network of more than 55,000

The Salisbury University MAT program offers an affordable tuition rate and all the benefits that come with maintaining a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Choose the MAT through Salisbury and you'll have the option of earning your master's on a full- or part-time basis - students in the full-time program can earn their degree in just 16 short months. What's more is that the MAT here comes with one of the highest graduation rates in the University System of Maryland…a dedicated faculty with strong content area expertise…and a strong relationship with K-12 schools in the Delmarva region for top-notch field placement.

 

Towson University (PU)
College of Education
Towson, MD
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • PreK-3
  • Elementary 1-6
  • Secondary 7-12
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Earth-Space Science
    • English
    • French
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE, SAT, ACT, or GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $439 (in-state), $908 (out-of-state)

$46 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • MAT available as both a one-year or part-time program
  • University offers outstanding academic offerings and student services and resources as the second-largest university in the University System of Maryland and the 12th largest public university system in the nation

Towson University's MAT Program is priced right and designed just for you, the bachelor's prepared professional seeking an initial teaching license. This program also comes with your choice of delivery: either the one-year option or the part-time option, which includes late afternoon and evening courses that can be completed in two years. As the second-largest university in the University System of Maryland and the 12th largest public university system in the nation, Towson is able to offer exciting academic programs and superb student resources and services for an exceptional educational experience.

Massachusetts

 

Cambridge College (PR)
School of Education
Boston, MA
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood Teacher PreK-2 (Boston, Lawrence & Springfield)
  • Elementary Teacher 1-6
  • ESOL
  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 or 5-12

Entrance Exam Requirements: Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Estimated cost per credit: $574

$734 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2021

  • Flexible program includes day, evening, weekend, and select online classes
  • College features one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America

The Cambridge College MEd is at the intersection of affordability and academic excellence, as it is priced significantly lower than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools and designed specifically to accommodate bachelor's prepared working professionals interested in pursuing a master's degree and an initial teaching license. Choose the MEd program here and you'll enjoy a flexible schedule that features day, evening, weekend, and select online classes to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Other perks of this program include an experienced faculty, a diverse student body (one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America), and a 45-year history of academic excellence.

 

Fitchburg State University (PU)
Education Department
Fitchburg, MA
Website

MEd (hybrid)

  • Early Childhood Education PreK-2
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education, Reading Specialist
  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities
  • Special Education, Severe Disabilities
  • Educational Leadership and Management

Entrance Exam Requirements: Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Estimated cost per credit: $319 (in-state, out-of-state)

$167 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Outstanding, hands-on learning through the McKay Arts Academy, the on-campus PreK-8 Innovation school
  • Online coursework and on-campus evening courses offer the best in convenience and flexibility

Fitchburg State University's MEd program comes with an attractive price tag and a convenient hybrid delivery format, making it the ideal path to a master's degree and your initial teaching license. A blend of online and on-campus evening courses offers the best in convenience and flexibility, while hands-on learning experiences through the McKay Arts Academy, the on-campus PreK-8 Innovation school, ensure a superior blend of theory and practice.

 

Framingham State University (PU)
College of Education
Framingham, MA
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood Education PreK-2
  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, 5-12
  • Secondary Education
    • Art
    • History
    • English
    • Mathematics

Entrance Exam Requirements: Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Estimated cost per credit: $463 (in-state), $716 (out-of-state)

$23 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Recognized as a leading university in the Massachusetts State University system
  • Outstanding history of academic excellence as the nation's first public institution of higher education dedicated to training teachers

The Framingham State University MEd program is a sure bet for affordability and academic excellence. In addition to a tuition rate that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools, Framingham State enjoys a long history of producing the next generation of educators - more than 180 years. In fact, Framingham was the nation's first public institution of higher education dedicated to training teachers. Today, Framingham continues this legacy of excellence, offering a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a reputation as a leading university in the Massachusetts State University system.

 

Salem State University (PU)
School of Education
Salem, MA
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Special Education
  • Reading
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Library Media Studies

MAT (on-campus)

  • English
  • History
  • Math
  • Spanish
  • TESOL

Entrance Exam Requirements: Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Estimated cost per credit: $230 (in-state), $425 (out-of-state)

$196 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Outstanding career services and resources include many annual career events that connect Salem State students with employers
  • MEd and MAT programs feature flexible courses that are designed for full-time working students

With a nearly 160-year history of producing capable educators in the state, coupled with a per-credit graduate tuition rate that's nearly $200 less than the state average for public schools, Salem State University is a trusted provider of affordable and effective initial licensure programs for teachers. The MEd and MAT teacher preparation programs prove this point, providing a convenient and affordable path to teacher certification for bachelor's-prepared students like you. Courses here are designed specifically for working adults, as they are offered once a week in the evenings, and many are offered in a hybrid format. Choose the Salem State University School of Education for your teacher preparation and you'll be part of one of the largest state universities in Massachusetts, alma mater to nearly 20,000 alumni and home to innovative and progressive education programs that are designed to align with the opportunities and challenges found in today's learning environments.

 

Westfield State University (PU)
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Westfield, MA
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood PreK-2
  • Elementary 1-6
  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities PreK-8
  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities 5-12
  • Biology 8-12
  • History 5-8 or 8-12
  • Mathematics 5-8 or 8-12
  • Reading Specialist

Entrance Exam Requirements: Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Estimated cost per credit: $361 (in-state, out-of-state)

$125 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Ranked among the best universities in the North since 2012 by U.S. News & World Report
  • University is the largest producers of new teachers among all Massachusetts state universities

The MEd program through Westfield State University offers an affordable tuition, a dedicated and highly qualified faculty, flexible, evening and select online courses for the best in flexibility for working professionals, and small class sizes for a personalized learning experience. And thanks to year-round courses, you won't have to put your program on hold during the summer months. Choose Westfield State University for your master's degree leading to initial teaching license and you'll be part of a university that produces the most teachers among all Massachusetts state universities.

Michigan

 

Wayne State University (PU)
College of Education
Detroit, MI
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Art Education K-12
  • Secondary Education
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Chinese
    • Bilingual-Bicultural
    • ESL
    • Career and Technical Education
  • Elementary Education (options for Bilingual and ESL)
  • Elementary Education (option to add Special Education endorsement)
  • English Education (elementary and secondary)
  • Mathematics (elementary and secondary)
  • Science Education (elementary and secondary)
  • Social Studies Education (elementary and secondary)

Entrance Exam Requirements: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Estimated cost per credit: $679 (in-state), $1,470 (out-of-state)

$35 more than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2020

  • Outstanding study abroad programs available to 20 countries and 5 continents
  • MAT program is designed around the College of Education's themes of excellence, inclusion, and social justice

Wayne State University's MAT programs are priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and designed specifically for working professionals like you with an eye on your master's and initial teacher certification. Choose the MAT here and you'll enjoy evening classes and the option of being able to complete the program on a full- or part-time basis for the best in convenience and flexibility. As a student here, you'll also be part of the esteemed School of Education, which is committed to excellence, inclusion, and social justice, living up to its teacher mission statement - "Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative and Committed to Diversity."

 

University of Michigan - Flint (PU)
Graduate Programs
Flint, MI
Website

MAC (Master of Arts with Secondary Certification) (hybrid)

Entrance Exam Requirements: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Estimated cost per credit: $604 (in-state), $904 (out-of-state)

$40 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Unique, field-based program is clinically focused and designed for education positions in challenging high school environments
  • Field experiences are taught in high schools in Detroit, Flint, Alaska, and other challenging environments

The University of Michigan Flint's MAC program delivers the affordability you need and the academic excellence you demand. This robust and real-world focused program is priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions and provides students with a dynamic learning experience that's focused on providing education to high school students in challenging environments. With this in mind, the program is taught on-site at high schools in Detroit and Flint, as well as Alaska and other areas known for environments where unique challenges exist. With close guidance from expert university and high school faculty, and a blend of both online and on-campus courses, this field-based program is designed with your success in mind.

 

Western Michigan University (PU)
College of Education and Human Development
Kalamazoo, MI
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary Science
  • Chinese as a Second Language

Entrance Exam Requirements: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Estimated cost per credit: $682 (in-state), $1,268 (out-of-state)

$38 more than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • University boasts a 91% employment rate among graduates
  • Ranked as a Top Tier university by U.S. News & World Report

As the top provider of master's degrees in the state, Western Michigan University knows what it takes to produce leaders and changemakers, and its MAT program is no exception. This affordable program, which is priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions, is part of a dynamic and innovative university that boasts a 91% post-graduate employment rate, more than 90 study abroad programs, and a spot among the nation's Top Tier universities according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

University of Michigan Ann Arbor (PU)
School of Education
Ann Arbor, MI
Website

MAT (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education K-8 or 6-8 in subject-specific classrooms
  • Secondary Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth/Space Science
    • Economics
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • History
    • Integrated Science
    • Latin
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish
    • Psychology
    • Italian

Entrance Exam Requirements: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Estimated cost per credit: $507 (in-state), $1,025 (out-of-state)

$137 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2023

  • University ranked third in the nation among Money magazine's ‘Best Colleges for Your Money'
  • University ranked among the top universities in the world by Times Higher Ed in 2018

Housed within the University of Michigan Ann Arbor's esteemed School of Education, which is ranked fourth among the nation's top public schools by U.S. News & World Report, the MAT program is designed with student success in mind. This popular program is priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools and designed specifically for bachelor's prepared working professionals looking for initial teacher licensure. Other reasons to love University of Michigan Ann Arbor include a low 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio, a ranking among the top universities in the world by Times Higher Ed in 2018, and a status as one of the ‘Best Colleges for Your Money' by Money magazine.

Minnesota

 

Saint Cloud State University (PU)
School of Education
St. Cloud, MN
Website

MS in Special Education (on-campus)

  • Academic and Behavioral Strategist
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities

MA in TESL (on-campus)

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $414 (in-state), $630 (out-of-state)

$110 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Outstanding history of student success: 97% employment rate among graduates
  • Superb, 150-year history of producing educators

The MA in Special Education through Saint Cloud University is not just affordable, it comes with a track record of proven results-97% of all graduates from the School of Education go on to jobs they love in their field of study. This is, in part, thanks to the outstanding academic support services available to every student. With its roots as a Normal School dating back to 1869, St. Cloud has a long history of producing the next generation of skilled educators.

Mississippi

 

William Carey University (PR)
School of Education
Hattiesburg, MS
Website

MEd Art of Teaching (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education 4-6
  • Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12
  • Secondary Education 7-12
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Health
    • Home Economics/Family and Consumer Science
    • Library Media Specialist
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Spanish
    • Speech Communication
    • Social Studies

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $400

$113 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Outstanding student services include academic advising, tutoring assistance, and career services

The MEd Art of Teaching program through William Carey University is a convenient and affordable path to a master's degree and initial teaching license for bachelor's prepared students. In fact, this dynamic program is priced about $100 less per credit than the state average for ITP master's programs at private schools. In addition to this innovative course of study, students of William Carey enjoy access to the university's superb academic and professional services, including academic advising, tutoring assistance, and career services.

 

Delta State University (PU)
Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research
Cleveland, MS
Website

MEd in Special Education, Mild Disabilities K-12 (online)

MAT (online)

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE

Estimated cost per credit: $313 (in-state and out-of-state)

$62 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Accelerated program design can be completed in just 13 months
  • Fully online course delivery format ensures the best in flexibility and convenience

Online study, an affordable program cost, and an innovative course of study leading to a master's degree and initial teacher certification are at the heart of Delta State University's MEd in Special Education and MAT in Elementary or Secondary Education. The streamlined design of these programs allows you to go from bachelor's prepared working professional to certified Mississippi educator in just 13 months. Add to that a fully online delivery format and it's easy to see why Delta State's master's programs in education can't be beat for convenience and flexibility!

 

Mississippi University for Women (PU)
Division of Education & Outreach
Columbus, MS
Website

MAT (online)

  • Secondary Education 7-12
    • Art Education
    • Biology
    • Business Education
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Home Economics
    • Marketing, Mathematics
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish
    • Speech Communication
    • Technology Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $309 (in-state, out-of-state)

$66 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Fully online delivery is designed for maximum convenience and flexibility
  • University consistently ranked among the best and most affordable public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly

The MAT through the Mississippi University for Women is proof positive that a master's degree leading to initial teaching licensure can be both convenient and affordable. Thanks to the fully online delivery format, completing your master's degree is more convenient than ever, and with a total program cost that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions, it's also more affordable than you'd ever imagine. Need another reason to love the Mississippi University of Women? -it's been consistently ranked among the best and most affordable public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly.

 

University of Southern Mississippi (PU)
School of Education
Hattiesburg, MS
Website

MAT in Secondary Education (online)

  • Art K-12
  • Biology 7-12
  • Business Education 7-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • English 7-12
  • French K-12
  • Health 7-12
  • Home Economics 7-12
  • Library Media K-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Physics 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Spanish K-12

MEd in Special Education (online)

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $355 (in-state, out-of-state), $359 (online)

$20 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Outstanding history of student excellence: 100% of graduates have secured teaching positions
  • Superb student experience includes more than 220 student organizations and many study abroad programs

Returning to school to earn your master's degree and initial teaching license has never been more convenient, thanks to the University of Southern Mississippi's online MAT and MEd in Special Education programs. Offering a distance-based course of study that's also priced below the state average for ITP master's programs at public universities, the master's programs offered at the University of Southern Mississippi are perfectly designed for working professionals looking for convenience and affordability. Plus, the programs here come with a solid history of exceptional student outcomes-100% of graduates have secured teaching positions.

 

Mississippi State University (PU)
College of Education
Mississippi State, MS
Website

MAT (online)

  • Secondary Education
    • Physical Education K-12
    • Biology 7-12
    • Chemistry 7-12
    • English/Language Arts 7-12
    • Physics 7-12
    • Social Studies 7-12
    • Math 7-12
  • Special Education

Entrance Exam Requirements: PRAXIS CASE/CORE or ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $367 (in-state), $993 (out-of-state), $489 (online)

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Fully online course of study ensures the best in convenience and flexibility for working adults
  • Outstanding student support for online students offered through the Center for Distance Education

Quality, convenience and affordability are at the heart of Mississippi State University's MAT program, designed for bachelor's prepared students seeking their initial teaching license. In addition to offering a very competitive tuition rate, the MAT is delivered entirely online, allowing you to fulfill your professional and personal obligations while earning your master's degree. Mississippi State University has been producing the next generation of leaders and changemakers since 1878, and the MAT program continues this legacy of student achievement.

Missouri

 

Lincoln University (PU)
Office of Graduate Studies
Jefferson City, MO
Website

MEd (on-campus)

  • Middle School Education
    • Business
    • English
    • Math
    • Science

Entrance Exam Requirements: GRE or MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $304 (in-state), $564 (out-of-state)

$82 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Intimate program offers small class sizes in a collaborative learning environment
  • Outstanding student resources offer the best in support and guidance

The MEd through Lincoln University offers small class sizes, collaborative learning, and exciting opportunities for gaining real-world experience in a variety of educational settings. Plus, with a tuition rate that falls below the state average for ITP master's programs at public schools along with a host of valuable student resources and academic support services, the MEd has everything you need to become a highly effective teacher.

Nebraska

 

Doane University (PR)
College of Education
Crete, Nebraska
Website

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Elementary K-6
  • Secondary 7-12
    • Science
    • Mathematics
    • Social Science
    • English
    • Language Arts
    • Foreign Languages
    • Art K-12
  • Special Education K-12

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $260

$448 lessthan the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Campus location in Lincoln for the Initial Certification at the Advanced Level program, with some courses available online
  • Endorsement programs offered in:
    • Early Childhood
    • English as a Second Language
    • Reading Specialist
    • Reading and Writing
    • Special Education
  • Tuition stipends through an NSF Noyce STEM grant may be available for qualifying students

Doane values your previous personal and professional experiences in the classroom, which makes this program ideal for professionals who want to fast-forward past the novice phase so they can immediately begin learning and contributing. Faculty here are equally professional, respected academics in their field, who treat each student as an individual while sharing the knowledge they've honed over years. As a student here, you can expect convenient class schedules and flexible approaches that include some online components designed to fit your scheduling needs. You have the opportunity to make valuable, life-long connections in the teaching field as a graduate student at Doane, which can be enriching to you on both a personal and professional level for many years after you graduate.

 

University of Nebraska - Kearney (PU)
College of Education
Kearney, Nebraska
Website

MA in Education in Special Education

  • Advanced Practitioner
    • Behavior Intervention Specialist B-12
    • Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist B-12
    • Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist PK-12
  • High Ability Education
    • K-12
  • Generalist
    • K-6
    • 7-12
    • K-12

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $252 (in-state), $554 (out-of-state), $309 (online)

$35 lessthan the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2025

  • Entirely online program offers you the freedom and flexibility you need to complete the degree as a working professional
  • Ranked among the best online programs by U.S. News & World Report for 2018
  • Tremendous number of specializations available within special and gifted education practice areas
  • Join student organizations such as the Student Education Association of Nebraska and ELED for additional networking and educational opportunities

UN Kearney's teacher education program has been the backbone of the Nebraska education system since it was established as the Nebraska State Normal School in 1905. Generations of teachers have gone through UNK, including some still teaching at every school district in the state. The school philosophy includes getting teacher trainees into the classroom early and often, garnering real-world experience that will pay dividends in theoretical and conceptual classes along the way. That's true even in the 100 percent online special education program, which offers you tremendous flexibility in course scheduling and attendance while still offering you the wealth of practical experience you deserve.

Nevada

 

University of Nevada - Reno (PU)
College of Education
Reno, Nevada
Website

MEd in Elementary Education K-8

MEd in Secondary Education

MEd in Special Education

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/PPST/CBEST

Estimated cost per credit: $286 (in-state), $587 (out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • On-campus centers such as the Center for Learning and Literacy, the Early Learning Center, and the Learning Resource Center provide abundant materials and research opportunities for students
  • Secondary Education program offers a fast-track option which can earn you a teaching license in as few as two semesters
  • The school also spearheads initiatives such as the Nevada Math Project and the Northern Nevada Girls Math and Technology camp, which offer additional volunteer opportunities
  • Develop a strong professional performance portfolio through the course of the program to document your development in the various domains of competence required
  • A fully engaged Career Services department assists in teacher placement and advising

Firm foundations in educational knowledge and human diversity underpin the programs at University of Nevada - Reno. The basic building blocks of research, evidence-based practices, and strong pedagogical theory will help you ground your future career in knowledge and techniques that have been proven effective. You have the opportunity to take off from that platform into dozens of other opportunities in this growing state. This might mean working with the specialist STEM camps the school sponsors, or taking part in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching activities, which can offer you the opportunity to fulfill part of your student teaching requirements internationally.

New Jersey

 

Georgian Court University (PR)
School of Education
Lakewood, New Jersey
Website

MAT in ESL

MAT in Early Childhood Education P-3

MAT in Elementary Education K-6

MAT in Teacher of Specific Subject K-12

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • World Language
  • Math
  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Social Studies

All MAT degrees here include a Teacher of Students With Disabilities Endorsement.

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis CORE/GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $681

$296 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2021

  • Ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2018
  • Small class sizes and individual mentoring mean you'll receive plenty of one-to-one attention through the course of the program at GCU
  • More than 90 percent of faculty hold doctoral degrees in their field

You'll graduate from Georgian Court University with all the tools required to meet diverse student needs in a wide variety of settings. The school's goal is to create leaders in teaching by inculcating a lifelong commitment to learning in every student. Constant guidance and advice from dedicated counselors and faculty members helps you along that path. With small class sizes, you'll have plenty of opportunities to interact one-on-one with your highly qualified instructors.

 

Montclair State University (PU)
College of Education and Human Services
Montclair, New Jersey
Website

MAT

  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Early Childhood Education P-3
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • French
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physical science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

MAT with Dual Certification as Teacher of Student with Disabilities

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core/GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $701 (in-state), $1,024 (out-of-state)

$16less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Graduates have gone on to be named as Teacher of the Year and take on high level administrative roles
  • Faculty are widely respected and frequently published in research journals
  • Center of Pedagogy brings together experts from every discipline to collaboratively push the state-of-the-art in teaching and offer close mentoring and other learning opportunities
  • Early Childhood Education program is approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Diversity, critical thinking, and social responsibility are all subjects that get equal attention in the Montclair teacher education program. The internationally recognized College of Education and Human Services has

a number of unique features, including the Center of Pedagogy, curricular emphasis, and partnerships with local schools and communities. Those partnerships include the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency program, a cooperative effort with some of the most challenging inner-city schools in the nation. The school also sponsors the Agenda for Education in a Democracy to restore and maintain the critical links between a well-educated populace and a thriving democracy. Montclair delivers the kind of training that will prepare you to work in any school in New Jersey, and primed to thrive in any position.

New York

 

Touro College (PR)
Graduate School of Education
New York, New York
Website

MS in Childhood Education and Special Education 1-6

MS in Early Childhood & Special Education B-2

MS in Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12

MS in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education

MS in Mathematics Education

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $590

$482 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2020

  • Programs are available either on campus or online to fit your preferences and availability
  • One-of-a-kind MS in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education makes Touro your only destination for this concentration
  • Dual-certification options in childhood and special education
  • The e-portfolio you compile throughout the course of the program will showcase your progress and development as an educator

It's easy to recognize Touro as a groundbreaking innovator for its unique MS in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education program alone, but there is much more this school offers. With a heavy rotation of field experience, practicum, and a Teaching Academy partnered with the New York Department of Education, Touro puts you through a rigorous teacher prep program that offers opportunities to teach every day, and then preferential hiring in NYC DOE schools after graduation. Along with that comes guidance, support, and feedback from experienced instructors and mentors, along with a built-in network of other pre-service teachers by your side as you grow and expand your horizons together.

 

City College of New York (PU)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
New York, New York
Website

MA in Art Education K-12

MA in Education 7-12

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Physics

MSEd in Bilingual Childhood Education

MSEd in Educational Theatre

MS in Mathematics Education 5-9

MSEd in Spanish Education 7-12

MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages PK-12

MSEd in Teacher of Students with Disabilities

  • 1-6
  • 5-9

Entrance Exam Required: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $449 (in-state), $830 (Out-of-state)

$19 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Center for World University rankings places CCNY consistently in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide for academic excellence
  • Significant research funding and graduate student participation offers plenty of opportunities to delve into the cutting edge of educational research here
  • On-campus resources such as the Multimedia Center and the Learning and Technology Resource Center ensure you find the support you need

Over the course of many generations, City College has cemented its reputation as the premier public college in New York. Dating back to 1847, the school has dedicated itself to determining the kinds of higher education programs the city and its people need, offering them at reasonable rates and with remarkable competence. In this era, the city needs teachers, good ones… and the wide array of master's degrees available at City College with initial certification provides exactly what students need to become exceptional educators. An active Education Alumni group means that you'll have the opportunity to stay in touch with your fellow graduates, a powerful networking opportunity that will help fuel your career.

 

Stony Brook University (PU)
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook, New York
Website

MAT 7-12 (option for extension 5-6)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French/Italian/Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies

Entrance Exam Required: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $471 (in-state), $963 (Out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Stony Brook collaborates with local school districts, teacher centers, and BOCES to ensure a broad set of opportunities for student teaching and experiential learning
  • Some courses may be available online or in the evenings for more flexible scheduling
  • Distributed Teacher and Leader Education provides a cohesive student teaching environment ranging from inner city New York schools to rural and suburban placements

Stony Brook is a first choice for many aspiring educators in New York. Besides the affordable tuition rates, graduate students appreciate the emphasis the school places on real, face-to-face teaching experiences as an integral part of the ITP program. You will spend your entire last semester as a student teacher, interning for 75 days split between one middle school and one high school classroom. That's a lot of opportunity for hands-on classroom management, but you'll be well-prepared for it after a slate of in-depth courses in your content area and educational theory that take you from the ground up into current pedagogical best practices.

North Carolina

 

Campbell University (PR)
School of Education
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Website

MEd in Elementary Education 1-6

MEd in Middle Grades Education 6-9

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Math

MEd in Health and Physical Education K-12

MEd in Secondary Education 9-12

  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies

Entrance Exam Required: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $495

$457 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2024

  • Curriculum is informed and inspired by the Baptist heritage of the university
  • Develop action-based research plans through your own cutting-edge research project
  • With a 15:1 student/teacher ratio, small class sizes and one-to-one engagement are the norm at Campbell

Campbell University delivers an ITP program that exemplifies the educator as a problem solver. The caring, Christian basis of the coursework here serves as a reminder and a base for building up a foundation of content knowledge, professional skills, and leadership that allows graduates to embrace their role in helping their own students find a way forward in learning and in life. Courses covering teaching strategies, advanced foundations of education, educational psychology, and special needs students offer a broad snapshot of the current state of teaching arts practiced today. Your creativity and skills come into play understanding how to work collaboratively with that knowledge to engage students, parents, and co-workers in the educational process.

 

East Carolina University (PU)
College of Education
Greenville, North Carolina
Website

MAT

  • Art
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (not currently accepting applicants)
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Middle Grades
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Special Education

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $198 (in-state), $746 (out-of-state)

$134 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Many ECU graduates go on to attain National Board Certification, and are highly sought after around the region and throughout the U.S.
  • Collaboration between departments and schools at the university ensures you are learning from subject matter experts in every field of your specialization
  • Center for STEM Education offers cutting-edge instruction as well as a resource library

ECU graduates wind up all over the United States, but they all take with them the same great background in teacher training. From classroom management to teaching exceptional students, you'll get instruction here in all aspects of handling a modern, diverse, multicultural classroom. Beyond the basics, the school delivers state-of-the-art education in some of the hottest fields going today. Through the Center for STEM Education, for example, you can take part in the AP Summer Institute, Science Olympiad tournament hosting, and other volunteer opportunities to increase your experiential training hours and build your expertise in the field.

North Dakota

 

Mayville State University (PU)
Division of Education
Mayville, North Dakota
Website

MAT

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $310 in-state, $336 (online), $310 (out-of-state)

$46 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Entirely online class format offers both flexibility and affordability
  • Standards-based curriculum supports licensure for North Dakota secondary content area certification
  • Teaching Mentorship Clinical Experience offers classroom experience prior to seeking licensure

Teacher education has long been a focus for Mayville State, from the very beginning when the school was first established 125 years ago. A significant shortage of teachers in North Dakota in recent years has spurred the university's mission to prepare skilled educators who are prepared for all the challenges involved in teaching today. A small classroom experience is standard here, which allows instructors to offer personal attention to every student. Part of the method used to cultivate teachers here is to involve them in current research, giving them the opportunity to present findings at local conferences, and at events held around the country. Mayville's emphasis on evidence-based practice and lifelong learning will help you stay current in a field that is always changing.

Ohio

 

Otterbein University (PR)
Department of Education
Westerville, Ohio
Website

MAT in Middle Childhood Education 4-9

  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematics

MAT Intervention Specialist K-12

  • Mild to Moderate
  • Moderate to Intensive

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $559

$100 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Part-time program with courses available in the evenings or in a blended, hybrid format with some courses online
  • A core approach to education through experiential learning means that hands-on practical training happens at every phase of the program

Otterbein offers a surprisingly diverse and comprehensive set of electives under the basic tracks available for its MAT program. You can get an in-depth education in specialized instruction for disabled learners at the moderate or intensive levels, or you can branch out into topics such as African American Literature or global perspectives on the industrial revolution in the Middle Childhood education track. It's all part of what Otterbein calls a smarter way to learn: gaining the confidence to take risks and learning how to ask the right questions along the way. With a caring, supportive community behind you and a flexible, evening and part-time online schedule, you can gain that confidence in your own way and at your own pace, all while earning your teaching license at the same time.

 

Bowling Green State University (PU)
School of Teaching and Learning
Bowling Green, Ohio
Website

MEd in Teacher Education

  • Integrated Mathematics/Science
  • World Languages

Entrance Exam Required: ACTFL OPI and WPT / OAE in pedagogy and specialization content area

Estimated cost per credit: $445 (in-state), $778 (out-of-state)

$50 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2023

  • One of Ohio's largest master's ITP master's programs with 34 full-time faculty and 250 graduate students
  • The Career Services department puts on one of the biggest teacher job fairs in the country, giving you access to many high-quality employers to consider
  • Engage in a classroom-based action research project as part of your thesis work
  • Take part in university-sponsored events like Math Camp

There are some very compelling reasons to earn your master's-level ITP through the Bowling Green State University Master of Education in Teacher Education program. The BGSU MEd offers more breadth and rigor than Ohio's alternative licensing route for bachelor's degree holders and includes an in-depth research experience embedded in the degree plan. As part of your thesis project, you will learn first-hand how to build evidence-based practices from your own observation and studies. You'll learn how to apply theories of human development to lesson planning and classroom management, with hands-on teaching experience to help drive all the lessons home. It's all part of a practical, studied approach to teacher education that has made Bowling Green the premier teacher education institution in Ohio and one of the best in the United States - while still offering one of the most affordable tuition rates!

 

Ohio University (PU)
Patten College of Education
Athens, Ohio
Website

MEd in Adolescent-to-Young Adult and Multi-Age

  • Integrated Language Arts
  • Integrated Mathematics
  • Integrated Social Studies
  • Sciences
    • Integrated Science
    • Physical Science
    • Life Science
    • Earth/Space Science
  • Art Education K-12
  • Family and Consumer Sciences K-12

MEd in Middle Childhood Education

  • Math and Social Studies
  • Science and Social Studies
  • Math and Science
  • Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Language Arts and Science
  • Language Arts and Mathematics

Entrance Exam Required: GRE

Tuition costs $394 (in-state), $727 (out-of-state)

$101 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Office of Clinical Experience partners with prime locations for your yearlong teaching internship field placement
  • Enjoy support and research opportunities at on campus centers such as the Center for Clinical Practice in Education and the OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science
  • A mandatory master's research project will expose you to in-depth knowledge on a chosen topic and hone your research skills for lifelong learning benefits
  • Math or science specialists may be eligible for the Noyce Program Rally for STEM which offers free tuition and a $14,000 stipend during the one-year program

Offering an MEd for initial licensure, the Ohio University Patten College of Education has long demonstrated its expertise in the teacher preparation process. The program here takes students deep into the theory and development of modern approaches to education, and includes the comprehensive array of pedagogical subject matter all teachers are required to learn before licensing. The program involves a master's research project that you will spend an entire year on, from conceptualization to study to findings. Along the way, you'll develop skills in investigation and innovation that will serve you well through your entire career as an evidence-based educator.

Oklahoma

 

Oral Roberts University (PR)
College of Education
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Website

MAT

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $532

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Develop close-knit relationships with fellow students and instructors at this premier Christian university
  • Graduates serve as school leaders around the world in both public and private school settings
  • Exceptional faculty members with degrees from some of the top universities in the nation

Oral Roberts is committed to producing well-trained, dynamic educators grounded in a Christian worldview. Their multi-cultural program stresses ethics and professionalism and compassion in every aspect of life and teaching, a comprehensive education that will be deeply meaningful in your life even outside the realm of education. That core of ethics and behavior will undergird a strong scholastic foundation in the history and philosophy of education, pedagogy, and instructional methods and strategies at every level of primary and secondary teaching.

 

Oklahoma State University (PU)
School of Teaching, Learning, & Educational Sciences
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Website

MAT

  • Secondary Science 6-12
  • Secondary Mathematics 6-12
  • Elementary Education

Entrance Exam Required: OGET and OSAT for subject area

Estimated cost per credit: $230 (in-state), $876 (out-of-state)

$42 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Outstanding faculty include appointees to national science and mathematics associations
  • With an average class size of fewer than 20 students, there are plenty of opportunities for one-on-one instruction
  • Ranked nationally among the top 75 graduate programs in education by U.S. News & World Report
  • On campus centers and clinics such as the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning and the OSU Writing Project offer both highly specialized expertise and experiential learning opportunities in a variety of fields

Imagine earning your initial teaching license through a master's program offered at a school that also prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry. That's exactly what you'll get as a student of the OSU MAT program run by the College of Education, Health, and Aviation. Even as a student of education here, you will definitely get the chance to spread your wings. OSU offers high-quality instruction for graduate students about to enter the field of teaching, and it covers managing diverse classrooms, designing and implementing effective curriculum, and understanding instructional and assessment strategies commonly used in the classroom. At the end, you'll graduate with rock-solid confidence in your skills and abilities to teach at either the elementary or secondary level.

 

Northeastern State University (PU)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Website

MEd in Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders

Entrance Exam Required: MAT/GRE/GMAT

Tuition costs $250 (in-state), $556 (out-of-state)

$22 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP/NCATE to 2026

  • Degree available at the Talequah, Muskogee, and Broken Arrow campuses
  • Graduate faculty have all earned doctorates or the highest terminal degree available in their field, ensuring expert academic instruction in every class
  • Participate in community outreach through programs such as the Reading Clinic and through the innovative Capitola "Cappi" Wadley Center offering tutorial assistance at the PK-12 levels

With its below-average price point and strong research and technology components, Northeastern State University's in-depth Master of Education in ASD Special Education is an easy choice for top value ITP master's programs. With autism spectrum disorder diagnoses exploding across the country, it's an in-demand field with constantly evolving practices and requirements. You'll be on the forefront of discovering new methods in teaching and treatment by participating in research and assessment investigations, helping to develop the next generation of evidence-based curriculum design strategies for ASD students. With three different campus locations, flexibility is built into this degree program, and the dedicated faculty offers outstanding support, both during the program and as you transition into your career.

Oregon

 

University of Portland (PR)
School of Education
Portland, Oregon
Website

MAT

Entrance Exam Required: NES (Conditional admittance possible, but must pass within 1st semester of attendance)

Estimated cost per credit: $995

$161 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • 10-month, cohort-based program gets you through the program fast, and with a solid group of colleagues at the end
  • Maintains the Holy Cross tradition of the Whole Child approach to education
  • Partnerships with 100 local schools and 18 school systems in the area to ensure exposure to diverse classroom environments
  • Full-time faculty all hold advanced doctoral degrees from leading national universities and have practical experience in the classroom to burnish those academic credentials

University of Portland gets down to business right away by starting off your fast-paced, 10-month program with a round of summer tutoring where you'll work directly with students. That early experience helps inform the remainder of your teacher preparation program, from learning about equitable classrooms to understanding how to promote literacy across the curriculum base. Student teaching starts in the fall semester and continues into spring, ensuring that you have direct, hands-on teaching experience during every phase of this highly respected program. On the other side of the table, your own skills as a life-long learner will be cultivated so that you take with you the research skills, observation and assessment techniques, and other informed problem-solving tools with you into your own classroom and career going forward.

 

Oregon State University (PU)
College of Education
Corvallis, Oregon
Website

MAT in Clinically Based Elementary Education

MAT

  • Elementary K-8
  • Language Arts 5-12
  • Science 5-12
    • Integrated Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Mathematics 5-12
  • Social Studies 5-12

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/NES+ORELA

Estimated cost per credit: $359 (in-state), $560 (Online), $694 (Out-of-state)

$78 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • MAT in Clinically Based Elementary Education is a hybrid, two-year program featuring both in-person and online courses
  • The OSU Ecampus for online courses is consistently ranked as a leader in online education
  • Cohort-based MAT program located at OSU Cascades in Bend, the only site-based teaching degree in Central Oregon
  • ESOL endorsements also available with additional coursework

Cohort-based programs are the name of the game at OSU, whether you opt for the flexible hybrid in Clinically Based Elementary Education, or the more conventional MAT at OSU Cascades. The hybrid degree places you in either Portland Public Schools or the Beaverton School District for your student teaching assignments, and you can expect to start your rotations early. Twice a week during your first year and every day of the second year you'll be providing real and valuable first-hand teaching in a live classroom environment. Your field placements for the traditional MAT in Bend will see you in more rural districts, but with a consistent focus on multi-cultural research and curriculum design. You'll become an engaged, reflective, and creative educator regardless of which option you choose.

Pennsylvania

 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PU)
College of Health and Human Services / College of Education and Communications
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Website

MEd in Health and Physical Education

  • K-12 Teacher Certification

MEd in Business / Workforce Development

  • Business, Computer, and Information Technology

Entrance Exam Required: GMAT/GRE/Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $516 (in-state), $774 (out-of-state)

$44 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP/NCATE to 2026

  • Ranked as one the Best Northeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review as well as Best Business Schools in the U.S.
  • Listed on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list
  • Faculty consists of more Fulbright scholars than any other school in the Pennsylvania State System of Education

For two unique teaching specializations, we've identified one great, low-cost school: Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The IU College of Health and Human Services / College of Education and Communicationsexcels in hard-to-find ITP options like physical education and business. The school has earned a reputation for excellence in business studies, including being named to the exclusive Princeton Review Best Business Schools roster. This means you are learning from some of the most acclaimed faculty and presented with course material that has some of the highest curriculum standards in the country. The Health and Human Services department, which offers the MEd in Health and Physical Education, is the largest at the school and has the resources to show for it, including the Center for Sport Science Research and Education.

South Carolina

 

Anderson University (PR)
College of Education
Greenville, South Carolina
Website

MAT in Elementary Education 2-6

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $380

$24 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accredited Status: NCATE to 2023

  • Evening classes in a two-night per week schedule reduce your time commitment for attendance
  • Ranked on U.S. News & World Report's Most Innovative Colleges list.
  • With 85 hours of field experience and 65 days of clinical experience, you'll get plenty of interactive teaching time along the way to your degree

Anderson is a Christian school that brings the traditional strengths of Christian schools to bear on the challenges of modern education: compassion, ethics, and patience. Bringing together both knowledge and effective teaching strategies, the MAT in Elementary Education offers an approach that starts with a patient, caring heart and brings in the best of modern pedagogy and educational theory to help you deliver effective lessons in multicultural classrooms. Through the Call Me MISTER initiative, the program particularly focuses on assisting minority men who seek to become role models and teachers in today's school systems.

 

South Carolina State University (PU)
School of Graduate Studies
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Website

MAT

  • Early Childhood Education K-3
  • Elementary Education 1-8
  • Secondary Education
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/MAT

Estimated cost per credit: $414 (in-state), $887 (out-of-state)

$124 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2019

  • The Child Development Learning Center offers unprecedented opportunities for volunteer work and research
  • School has been NCATE accredited for more than 40 years straight, a legacy of quality that shines through

A deep dive into the historical and conceptual framework of the modern profession of teaching is all part of the MAT teacher preparation experience at SCSU. You'll explore the psychology of learning from its roots, giving you a strong base of insight to work from as you build your own skills and understanding of educational theories. As a student of education here, you'll learn through research and through hands-on teaching, all under the supervision and guidance of supportive mentors. It's a student-centered approach to initial teacher preparation that will offer you all the support you need to develop your own skills, both in general education and in your content area.

Tennessee

 

Milligan College (PR)
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
Milligan College, Tennessee
Website

MEd in Elementary Education K-5

MEd in Middle Grades Education 6-8

  • Math
  • Science

MEd in Secondary Education

  • Biology
  • Business/Business Technology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Visual Arts K-12
  • Theater K-12
  • History
  • Physical Education K-12
  • World Languages P-12
  • Math
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Entrance Exam Required: GRE (Waiver available with high SAT/ACT)

Estimated cost per credit: $365

$483 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • Accelerated 4+1 program available that can have you out and teaching with a master's in hand in only five years
  • School is consistently ranked among both the best value colleges and the best colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • The already enormous number of content areas is effectively doubled by the addition of ESL-specific versions of most areas
  • Program can be completed in as few as 4 semesters, or 14 months.
  • Christian college that emphasizes ethics, excellence, and compassion for students

Not only is the Milligan College Office of Graduate and Professional Studiesaffordable, it's also comprehensive in what it offers to aspiring teachers. With a tremendous range of endorsement areas available, you can be sure you'll find the specific courses you need for your own teaching career goals. You'll also benefit from a strong research component, which preps you for national board certification. It's all facilitated by caring faculty who take the time to offer personal attention, drawing from their diverse experiences in the teaching field. Small class sizes make it easy for you to receive one-on-one mentorship. Your two semester internship takes you through teaching, assessment, and classroom management at community partner schools, all under the guidance and supervision of master teachers.

 

Austin Peay State University (PU)
Department of Teaching and Learning
Clarksville, Tennessee
Website

MAT in Secondary 6-12

MAT in Secondary Science Chemistry and Biology 6-12

MAT in Middle Grades Math Education 6-8

MAT in Middle Grades Science Education 6-8

MAT in Special Education K-5

  • Early Childhood Education PreK-3

Entrance Exam Required: GRE

Estimated cost per credit: $390 (in-state), $620 (out-of-state)

$34 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2021

  • Hybrid format allows many courses to be completed online, with the remainder meeting evenings and weekends to accommodate working professionals
  • All professional educators at Austin Peay have extensive classroom teaching experience to pass along to students
  • A capstone project requirement helps you tie together the diverse body of knowledge and skills you'll develop through the program, leaving you fully prepared to enter and run your own classroom after graduation

Austin Peay puts you into close contact with peers pursuing similar licenses and instructors who have been through the same process. This means you get loads of support and encouragement throughout your time in the program. Diverse field placement opportunities will build your experience in multiple classroom settings at different levels, giving you a chance to not only build your skills, but also shape your career. The focused degree options ensure that you spend your time cultivating subject-specific skills that are relevant to your career, while still delivering a reflective, comprehensive body of knowledge and practices based on the science of modern education.

 

East Tennessee State University (PU)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Johnson City, Tennessee
Website

MAT in Middle Grades Education 6-8

  • Math and Science
  • Math and Social Studies
  • Math and English Language Arts
  • Science and Social Studies
  • Science and English Language Arts

MAT in Secondary Grades Education 6-12

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • French/German/Spanish
  • Government
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art K-12
  • Music K-12
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Theatre K-12

Entrance Exam Required: GRE or ACT+SAT+Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $416 (in-state), $582 (out-of-state)

$8 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2022

  • School-operated Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education and an on-campus Educational Technology Resource Center offer advanced resources and support in STEM preparation
  • A job-embedded option is available for students working with a partnering school system to provide even more classroom time
  • Middle Grades degree program enjoys a 100 percent job placement rate
  • Cohort-based program offers strong peer support and lifelong friendships with your fellow students
  • Hybrid program delivers approximately 30%-40% of coursework through flexible online classes

East Tennessee State Universityoffers a wide array of endorsement options, so you won't have any problem finding a program here that aligns with your career plans. With a strong job placement record, both in Tennessee and throughout the nation, you won't have much trouble finding employment that fits that plan, either. It's no surprise considering the comprehensive preparation that ETSU builds into the program. You'll develop strong research skills, with opportunities available in everything from library science to reading skills. You can expect to develop even stronger classroom management skills with field placements every semester. It all prepares you for your residency year during which you'll spend 200 hours in the classroom, including 110 hours of direct student teaching.

Texas

 

Midwestern State University (PU)
Gordon T. And Ellen West College of Education
Wichita Falls, Texas
Website

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

MEd in Special Education

  • Dyslexia Emphasis

Entrance Exam Required: THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)

Estimated cost per credit: $347 (in-state), $763 (out-of-state)

$74 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP/NCATE to 2025

  • Recently recognized by U.S. News & World Reportas one of the top ten schools in the country with the Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition
  • Founded in 1922 with a strong tradition of excellence in teacher training

The Midwestern State Universitymaster's-level initial teacher prep programs offer innovative, logically-organized progressions through all issues related to teaching in a variety of educational contexts. You'll have a strong introduction to research topics and curriculum design, along with technology integration and applied research that challenges you to uncover your own innovations and breakthroughs in the field. In the special education program, you'll go in a slightly different direction, with additional training in diagnostic assessment and the law of special education as it applies to schools today. A dyslexia emphasis is available to provide even more specialized training on one of the most widespread challenges facing special educators today.

 

Angelo State University (PU)
College of Education
San Angelo, Texas
Website

MA in Curriculum and Instruction

  • 4-8
  • 8-12
  • EC-12

Entrance Exam Required: PACT (Pre Admission Content Test)

Estimated cost per credit: $360 (in-state), $410/$832 (online, in-state/out-of-state), $782 (out-of-state)

$61 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: CAEP to 2024

  • Online program not only offers affordable tuition, but also flexibility in attendance
  • Program offers the ability to teach on a probationary certificate while earning your degree
  • Graduates have gone on to earn Texas Student State Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Ranked 30th in the nation by U.S. News & World Reportfor Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • A dedicated Educator Preparation Information Center provides top-notch advising and career support services

It shouldn't surprise anyone that a school that is ranked highly in delivering online instruction also has a clear edge in putting together a teacher-education program that prepares graduates to be adept at applying state-of-the-art technology and equipment in their own classrooms. The Education Innovative Teaching Center is a model of the classroom of the future, and you'll have full access to it during your time here. The department also participates in Open Education Resources development and use, which means that you will learn ways to save money by developing your own license-free curriculum material.

Virginia

 

Emory and Henry College (PR)
Department of Education
Emory, Virginia
Website

MEd in Elementary/Middle Grades

  • Interdisciplinary English
  • Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Mathematics

MEd in Secondary School

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • English
  • History
  • Art/Visual Arts PK-12
  • French/Spanish PK-12
  • Physical Education PK-12
  • Music Instrumental/Vocal PK-12

MEd in Special Education

  • General K-12

Entrance Exam Required: VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment)

Estimated cost per credit: $365

$278 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at private institutions

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2021

  • Fast-track five years combined bachelor's to master's program available
  • Take advantage of the well-equipped Neff Education Center on campus for your study and research efforts
  • School belongs to the Southwest Virginia Public Education consortium, partnering with regional school divisions
  • Innovative international student teaching via remote Skype classrooms creates a rich learning experience without the expense of travel
  • Host of the annual B.G. Raines Education Forum

Ninety percent of students attending programs at the Emory and Henry College Department of Educationtake part in at least one field experience every semester. That gives you some idea of the emphasis that the school places on practical experience. Those field experiences range from basic observation to practicums to full-blown student teaching, and are all overseen by the highly professional, highly experienced faculty and mentors you'll find at this award-winning school. With an average 11 to 1 student/teacher ratio, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage with those experts, and they'll shape you into a fully-capable, confident teacher in your own right. Graduates have gone on to Fulbright scholarships, superintendent positions, and international teaching jobs as far afield as Poland.

 

Virginia State University (PU)
College of Education
Virginia State University, Virginia
Website

MEd

  • Elementary Education PreK-6
  • Special Education K-12

Entrance Exam Required: VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment)+Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $349 (in-state), $776 (out-of-state)

$174 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Join student organizations like the Student Education Association, Male Teachers Molding Minds, and the Student Council for Exceptional Children to gain valuable networking and extracurricular experience
  • The GROWS summer program offers additional field experience working with students face-to-face

Creating a positive learning environment for all students is the linchpin of the Virginia State University College of Education teacher preparation experience. Research-based pedagogy, technology-based learning, and reflective practices are all important components of this program, but the underlying support you'll receive from your instructors and fellow students is where the school shines. With plenty of networking options outside the classroom and a wealth of field experience, you'll get both the theoretical instruction and the personal contact required to become an exceptional teacher.

 

Longwood University (PU)
Department of Education and Counseling
Farmville, Virginia
Website

MS in Special Education

  • General Curriculum K-12

Entrance Exam Required: Praxis Core/VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment/SAT/ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $360 (in-state), $995 (out-of-state)

$163 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accredited by CAEP/NCATE to 2026

  • Complete the program in as little as one year of concentrated study
  • In-school residencies in fall and spring hone your skills working with special needs students

Longwood delivers the full range of preparation you need to make a difference in one of the most challenging teaching specialties today: special education. With a broad overview in research design, social issues, and psychoeducational assessment skills, you'll get the theoretical background you need for an intellectual, evidence-based approach to special education. And with two different in-school residencies conducted over the course of the program, you'll get opportunities to work face-to-face with special ed students, allowing you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice. It all happens under the supportive guidance of Longwood's highly experienced and skilled instructors.

Washington

 

Saint Martin's University (PR)
College of Education and Counseling
Lacey, Washington
Website

MIT in Elementary Education

MIT in Secondary Education

  • Biology
  • Bilingual Education
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Math
  • Science
  • Music
    • General
    • Choral
    • Instrumental
  • Reading
  • Social studies
  • Drama
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners
  • Health/Fitness
  • History
  • Spanish/Japanese/French

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/WEST-B or SAT/ACT

Estimated cost per credit: $1,275

Accreditation Status: TEAC to 2020

  • Special education certification offered in conjunction with either elementary or secondary education tracks
  • Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available for a research or capstone-based terminal project
  • Catholic school special tuition program covers up to 50 percent of tuition costs for full-time teachers of any Catholic school operating under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Late afternoon or evening courses offer flexibility for students with full-time jobs
  • Cohort-based STAR (Secondary Teacher Alternate Route) offers a fast-track to certification for middle-school level teachers

St. Martins is a quiet little Catholic school south of Seattle that nonetheless has a big impact on the professionalism and quality of teachers throughout Washington state. Small class sizes and personal attention from quality instructors allow you to make the most of the experience and expertise they bring to the classroom. Offering competency-based endorsements, you'll be able to demonstrate your proficiency in your own areas of expertise without re-learning content you are already familiar with. Strong research courses delivered in the Benedictine tradition can be enhanced through a thesis-track option that allows you to pursue your own research interests.

 

Western Washington University (PR)
Woodring College of Education
Bellingham, Washington
Website

MIT in Secondary Education

  • English Language Arts
  • Chinese/French/German/Japanese/Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Sciences (multiple combined options)
  • Social Studies (multiple emphases)
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts

Entrance Exam Required: WEST-B

Estimated cost per credit: $331 (in-state), $654 (out-of-state)

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2020

  • Program offered at either the main campus in Bellingham, or at the Everett University Center
  • Office of Field Experience is dedicated to finding the best possible match for your student teaching
  • Additional secondary endorsements available for Bilingual education, Dance, ELL, and other areas

Western Washington University is a major school in the Evergreen state, with the high-caliber faculty and budget to match. Still, the supportive and close-knit community here will make you feel like you're in a much smaller institution. Community involvement is a watchword at the Woodring College of Education, and you'll experience it right away as you participate in programs like BRIDGES, which offers community-based education to migrant youth, or the Compass 2 Campus initiative that opens up mentorship opportunities for 5th-12th grade students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. It goes without saying that you'll get lots of field experience as a WWU MIT student, giving you unprecedented opportunities to put the evidence-based strategies you've learned to work in real classrooms throughout the community.

West Virginia

 

West Virginia University (PU)
College of Education and Human Services
Morgantown, West Virginia
Website

MAC in Elementary Education

MAC in Secondary Education

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish

MA in Special Education

  • Early Childhood
  • Gifted (currently closed)
  • Multicategorical
  • Severe/Multiple Disabilities (currently closed)
  • ABA emphasis

Entrance Exam Required: GRE/MAT/Praxis Core

Estimated cost per credit: $368 (in-state), $1035 (out-of-state)

$82 less than the state average for ITP master's programs at public institutions

Accreditation Status: NCATE to 2019

  • The elementary/secondary MAC degrees are available in a hybrid format with evening, summer, and online courses, while the MA in special education is entirely online with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses
  • Blackboard Collaborate is used for online programs with some sessions taking place in Second Life, an innovative use of MMO technologies that can inspire your own adaptive uses
  • Study-abroad opportunities available

You will find an extraordinarily innovate approach to teacher preparation at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services. Theeducation program comes to life with the use of technology and evidence-based practices designed by the outstanding faculty here. Subject-specific clinics and laboratories are humming in Morgantown, offering plenty of opportunities for you to dive in and make your own contributions. You'll also find an enormous range of diversity in your field placements and an emphasis on multiculturalism throughout your courses. At the same time, the basics are well-tended, with a strong emphasis on literacy education and assessing and motivating struggling learners. Doubling down on that is the special education Master of Arts, which is offered entirely online, but delivers content in various in-demand specialty areas that will help prepare you for one of the most challenging areas in education today.