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2022 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

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12,806

Graduates Per Year

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$38K

Average Salary

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#38

Most Popular Major

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TOP

50

Popularity

Very Popular

12,806

108% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

550

186% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

37

Journalism

12,988

38

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

12,806

39

Health Care Administration

12,414

Cost

Median Cost

$32,703

2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

164

Computer Software and Media Applications

$32,727

165

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

$32,703

166

Nutrition Sciences

$32,693

Salary

Average Salary

$34,363

11% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

211

Elementary Education and Teaching

$34,363

212

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

$34,363

213

Health and Medical Physics

$34,199

Professors

Average

4/5

1.2% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

155

European Studies

156

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

157

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Students

Average Diversity

3.7/5

1.07% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

215

German Studies

216

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

217

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Early Childhood Education and Teaching is a valuable choice and naturally an obligatory first step for undergraduates aspiring to begin a career as an after school teacher, an elementary school counselor, or a day care principal. In fact, early childhood education and teaching is fairly popular coming in at the 38th most popular major. Last academic year alone, there were 12,806 early childhood education and teaching degrees conferred. In-state tuition for early childhood education and teaching at private institutions is, on average, 3.2 times more expensive than their public peers.

There are 550 colleges which offer early childhood education and teaching. This number of schools is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other early childhood education and teaching undergraduates, consider universities in California which have the most students admitted to early childhood education and teaching annually. Zooming out, the best region to major in early childhood education and teaching is in the Far West region with California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Sacramento, and Ashford University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to major in early childhood education and teaching is the Big West Conference with California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, California State University-Fullerton, and California State University-Northridge representing the conference. That being said, our selection for the best university for early childhood education and teaching is New York University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively best school is not necessarily the best school for every student. There can be lots of factors to consider when choosing college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely affect your feelings on where to go to college. At authority.org, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which early childhood education and teaching university has the top campus, the answer is New York University. If, for example, you are very interested in which school is home to the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and, from that list, our choice for the school with the best student life for early childhood education and teaching is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about Authority's top selections. Some of our decisions might surprise you.

If price is a primary factor in your decision on where to go to university, you might consider avoiding Bucknell University. Bucknell University is the most expensive college for early childhood education and teaching, at least for out of state attendance. We do have an entire page for the most expensive universities that could put the cost at Bucknell University into perspective. Additionally, you may care to know that early childhood education and teaching is the 165th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average associated cost of $32,700. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for early childhood education and teaching nationally is Delaware with expenses at the primary college, University of Delaware, of $34,160. Even more broadly, the most costly region for early childhood education and teaching is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with New York University with a cost of $50,684, Bucknell University with a cost of $57,882, and Susquehanna University with a cost of $48,560.

Our cheapest region for early childhood education and teaching is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Aspen University with a cost of $3,600. In better news, the most affordable university for early childhood education and teaching is Pacific Oaks College. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $9,300 for a degree in early childhood education and teaching. The cost swells by a lot to an average of $20,100 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the college constituting the best value for early childhood education and teaching: Bucknell University. Here you will see our comprehensive list about the universities we believe to be the best value in general. That being said, this idea is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for early childhood education and teaching majors vary a lot, but within two years graduation graduates will regularly make in the neighborhood of $37,900. While there is much variation in earnings; top earners can make up to $70,800. Right out of university, the lowest earning jobs within the early childhood education and teaching space make $21,000, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from early childhood education and teaching have come from Bucknell University and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of early childhood education and teaching is below average, arriving within the 46th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the most composite diversity for early childhood education and teaching is New York University and here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Early Childhood Education and Teaching major sits only within the 66th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 67th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion, 53%, of those majoring in early childhood education and teaching. Additionally, 97% of students seeking an early childhood education and teaching degree are women.

The median ranking of early childhood education and teaching professors is 4.05 stars, a score which is 1% higher than the median score for every major; this is a good score. If you are looking for the most popular early childhood education and teaching instructor in the nation, take a look at Scott Deogburn from Berklee College of Music. It might surprise you, but the best ranked professors for early childhood education and teaching by student are found at Berklee College of Music. If we consider data beyond simply rankings we find that the college with comprehensively the best instructors for early childhood education and teaching is New York University. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the best instructors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for early childhood education and teaching is Pacific Oaks College. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we do hope you understand that looking at the higher education world with context primarily shaped by superlatives can cause problems. We hope you explore our other pages on different schools and explore a couple of our background 'blog posts' on beneficial things to consider as you progress with your university search.

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California State University-Fullerton

#1 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

California State University-Fullerton is a very large public institution located in Fullerton, CA ranked 41st in California. It has a total of 40,350 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 52.69% of applicants. California State University-Fullerton offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Health and Fitness, and Human Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Fullerton is reasonably priced. 70.58% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home roughly $47,200 per year, which is 14% greater than the national median.

Fullerton, CA

www.fullerton.edu

B+

Rating

53%

Acceptance

46,588

Students

#344

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

New York University

#2 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Boston University

#3 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#4 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in Chapel Hill, NC ranked 64th in the nation. It has a total of 19,957 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.63% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,019 for students from North Carolina and $34,198 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is somewhat moderately costly. 84.25% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $55,600 per year, which is 34% above the national median.

Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

#64

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#5 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

University of Georgia

#6 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Georgia is a very large public university located in Athens, GA ranked 127th in the United States. It has a total of 32,548 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.3% acceptance rate. University of Georgia offers 419 different majors and is best known for its Insurance, Landscape Architecture, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,790 for students from Georgia and $28,830 for those from out-of-state, University of Georgia is reasonably costly. 74.72% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $50,500 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Athens, GA

www.uga.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

42,708

Students

#127

Ranking

$28,830

Tuition

Bucknell University

#7 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Bucknell University is a small private liberal arts college located in Lewisburg, PA ranked 67th in the nation. It has a total of 3,756 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely over 1/3 of applicants. Bucknell University offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Italian Studies, and Early Childhood Education and Teaching programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $57,882 per year, Bucknell University is extremely high-priced. 86.66% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home approximately $70,800 per year, which is 70% above the national median.

Lewisburg, PA

www.bucknell.edu

A+

Rating

34%

Acceptance

3,842

Students

#67

Ranking

$57,882

Tuition

San Diego State University

#8 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

San Diego State University is a very large public university located in San Diego, CA ranked 168th in the nation. It has a total of 32,543 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 34.13% of applicants. San Diego State University offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Speech-Language Pathology, Gerontology, and Health and Fitness programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, San Diego State University is moderately priced. 72.69% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $51,000 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

San Diego, CA

www.sdsu.edu

A

Rating

34%

Acceptance

37,838

Students

#168

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#9 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a very large public institution located in San Luis Obispo, CA ranked 112th in the nation. It has a total of 22,130 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 28.42% acceptance rate. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Agricultural Mechanization, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is moderately priced. 73.19% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $66,900 per year, which is 61% above the national median.

San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

A

Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

#112

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Texas Christian University

#10 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Texas Christian University is a large private university located in Fort Worth, TX ranked 119th in America. It has a total of 9,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.12% of applicants. Texas Christian University offers 199 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,160 per year, Texas Christian University is very pricey. 77.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $52,800 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Fort Worth, TX

www.tcu.edu/

A

Rating

47%

Acceptance

11,499

Students

#119

Ranking

$49,160

Tuition

California State University-Northridge

#11 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

California State University-Northridge is a very large public college located in Northridge, CA ranked 63rd in California. It has a total of 37,218 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.34% of applicants. California State University-Northridge offers 152 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Human Sciences, and Radio, Television, and Digital Communication programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Northridge is moderately priced. 59.84% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make approximately $45,400 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Northridge, CA

https://www.csun.edu

B-

Rating

59%

Acceptance

43,348

Students

#628

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#12 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

Pacific Oaks College

#13 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Pacific Oaks College is a small private institution located in Pasadena, CA ranked 47th in California. It has a total of 743 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.11% acceptance rate. Pacific Oaks College offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education and Teaching programs, which are respectively ranked 1st and 13th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $13,478 per year, Pacific Oaks College is pretty affordable. 60.38% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make about $42,800 per year, which is 3% greater than the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.pacificoaks.edu

B

Rating

5%

Acceptance

1,651

Students

#450

Ranking

$13,478

Tuition

California State University-Los Angeles

#14 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

California State University-Los Angeles is a very large public institution located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 73rd in California. It has a total of 25,613 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 47.81% acceptance rate. California State University-Los Angeles offers 152 different majors and is best known for its Technology Teacher Education, Fire Protection, and Social Work programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Los Angeles is reasonably priced. 55.77% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home near $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.calstatela.edu

C+

Rating

48%

Acceptance

29,963

Students

#744

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#15 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

University of Central Florida

#16 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Central Florida is a very large public university located in Orlando, FL ranked 195th in the nation. It has a total of 68,412 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 44.36% acceptance rate. University of Central Florida offers 195 different majors and is best known for its Hospitality Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Physical Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,478 for in-state students and $19,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Central Florida is moderately priced. 66.14% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home close to $45,400 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Orlando, FL

www.ucf.edu/

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

80,378

Students

#195

Ranking

$19,810

Tuition

Florida International University

#17 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Florida International University is a very large public university located in Miami, FL ranked 13th in Florida. It has a total of 59,764 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.51% acceptance rate. Florida International University offers 250 different majors and is best known for its International Business, Clinical Nutrition Services, and Marketing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,721 for students from Florida and $16,529 for those from out-of-state, Florida International University is reasonably priced. 54.63% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home close to $46,300 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Miami, FL

www.fiu.edu

B+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

72,780

Students

#337

Ranking

$16,529

Tuition

University of Dayton

#18 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Dayton is a large private university located in Dayton, OH ranked 192nd in the US. It has a total of 8,911 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 72.03% of applicants. University of Dayton offers 159 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Dentistry Studies, Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, and Environmental Biology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,100 per year, University of Dayton is quite pricey. 75.62% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $55,100 per year, which is 33% over the national median.

Dayton, OH

https://udayton.edu

A

Rating

72%

Acceptance

13,417

Students

#192

Ranking

$44,100

Tuition

University of Delaware

#19 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

University of Delaware is a very large public university located in Newark, DE ranked 159th in the US. It has a total of 21,190 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.36% of applicants. University of Delaware offers 235 different majors and is best known for its Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-Veterinary Studies, and History Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,730 for in-state students and $34,160 for those from out-of-state, University of Delaware is somewhat moderately costly. 78.43% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $57,000 per year, which is 37% above the national median.

Newark, DE

www.udel.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

25,885

Students

#159

Ranking

$34,160

Tuition

Clemson University

#20 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Clemson University is a very large public university located in Clemson, SC ranked 149th in the US. It has a total of 21,504 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.26% of applicants. Clemson University offers 249 different majors and is best known for its Science Teacher Education, Food Science, and Agricultural Production Operations programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,118 for in-state students and $37,110 for those from out-of-state, Clemson University is rather high-priced. 75.17% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $52,400 per year, which is 26% greater than the national median.

Clemson, SC

www.clemson.edu

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

28,310

Students

#149

Ranking

$37,110

Tuition

The College of New Jersey

#21 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

The College of New Jersey is a mid-sized public college located in Ewing, NJ ranked 166th in America. It has a total of 7,418 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.28% acceptance rate. The College of New Jersey offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Multimedia Art, Technology Teacher Education, and Art Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,239 for students from New Jersey and $25,217 for those from out-of-state, The College of New Jersey is reasonably expensive. 80.47% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home roughly $58,500 per year, which is 41% above the national median.

Ewing, NJ

https://www.tcnj.edu

A

Rating

49%

Acceptance

8,825

Students

#166

Ranking

$25,217

Tuition

San Jose State University

#22 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

San Jose State University is a very large public institution located in San Jose, CA ranked 51st in California. It has a total of 29,357 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad north of five out of eight applicants. San Jose State University offers 172 different majors and is best known for its Industrial Production Technologies, Computer Engineering, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, San Jose State University is reasonably priced. 57.74% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in about $56,100 per year, which is 35% over the national median.

San Jose, CA

www.sjsu.edu

B

Rating

64%

Acceptance

38,805

Students

#490

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

#23 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a large public institution located in West Chester, PA ranked 67th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 15,952 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three fourths of applicants. West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers 135 different majors and is best known for its Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, Sales and Merchandising, and Clinical Nutrition Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 3rd. With an annual tuition of $7,716 for in-state students and $19,290 for those from out-of-state, West Chester University of Pennsylvania is moderately priced. 59.87% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw close to $48,400 per year, which is 17% above the national median.

West Chester, PA

https://www.wcupa.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

19,646

Students

#740

Ranking

$19,290

Tuition

DePaul University

#24 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

DePaul University is a very large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 13th in Illinois. It has a total of 16,625 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.22% of applicants. DePaul University offers 263 different majors and is best known for its General Studies, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,551 per year, DePaul University is quite expensive. 65.8% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $53,300 per year, which is 28% greater than the national median.

Chicago, IL

https://www.depaul.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

26,721

Students

#314

Ranking

$40,551

Tuition

Duquesne University

#25 Best Colleges for Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Duquesne University is a mid-sized private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 254th in the nation. It has a total of 6,503 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 75% of applicants. Duquesne University offers 191 different majors and is best known for its Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, and Web Design programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,992 per year, Duquesne University is rather expensive. 77.23% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in more or less $58,500 per year, which is 41% greater than the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.duq.edu

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Rating

74%

Acceptance

10,319

Students

#254

Ranking

$39,992

Tuition