The best teaching programs for undergraduate elementary education are at Dallas Baptist University, Texas A&M University and Ohio State University, says National Council on Teacher Quality. The best undergraduate programs for secondary education are offered by Western Governors University, Lipscomb University and Fort Hays State University.
The best elementary teaching programs provide instruction in numerous areas, including topics like classroom management and struggling readers, and also demonstrate high standards of effectiveness and candidate selection, notes National Council on Teacher Quality. Other characteristics of the best programs include the quality of the student teaching experience and the amount of instruction related to assessment and data interpretation. The same criteria are used to rank the best secondary education programs, except for certain differences in particular standards. Other schools in the National Council on Teacher Quality list of best elementary programs include Northwestern State University of Louisiana and University of Dayton. The College of William and Mary and Furman University are ranked fourth and fifth for the best secondary education programs.
The best graduate teaching programs are at Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University and Harvard University, says US News & World Report. The methodology for establishing these ratings includes gathering data such as peer assessment scores, student-faculty ratio, percent of faculty with awards and other indicators.
*****NOTE TO EDITOR: To see the criteria used by NCTQ to rank elementary programs and secondary programs, click on a school name in either category.