Education

2022 Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region

214 Colleges in the Great Lakes Region
38,858 Education Degrees Awarded
$40,643 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in education is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #4 out of 38 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual reviewed 214 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of education. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 38,858 degrees in education during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Education School

Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region Your choice of education school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for education schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Education Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Education in the Great Lakes Region

The schools below may not offer all types of education degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Great Lakes Region Schools in Education

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Education Degrees Awarded

University of Chicago is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in education. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 37 education students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Those education students who get their degree from University of Chicago make $12,457 more than the standard education graduate.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
103 Education Degrees Awarded

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in education. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 103 education students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the education major at Northwestern University make $12,907 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
51 Education Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat VanderCook College of Music if you want to pursue a degree in education. Located in the large city of Chicago, VanderCook College of Music is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

There were approximately 51 education students who graduated with this degree at VanderCook College of Music in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the education program earn about $34,400 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
268 Education Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in education has to check out University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 268 education students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Education degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get an earnings boost of about $2,957 over the typical income of education majors.

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#5

Erikson Institute

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
45th Most Popular In IL
68 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, The Erikson Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 68 education students who graduated with this degree at The Erikson Institute in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
524 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 524 education students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Those education students who get their degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive $5,874 more than the typical education student.

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#7

Hope College

Holland, MI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 79 education students who graduated with this degree at Hope in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program state that they receive average early career wages of $38,300.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WI
440 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were approximately 440 education students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
911 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 911 education students who graduated with this degree at Illinois State in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the education program earn around $39,380 in the first couple years of working.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IN
559 Education Degrees Awarded

Purdue is a fairly large public university located in the small city of West Lafayette. A Best Schools rank of #106 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were roughly 559 education students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In WI
128 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #132 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Marquette is a great university overall.

There were approximately 128 education students who graduated with this degree at Marquette in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
44 Education Degrees Awarded

Augustana is a small private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Rock Island. This college ranks 7th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 44 education students who graduated with this degree at Augustana in the most recent data year. After graduating, education degree recipients generally make about $37,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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#13

Denison University

Granville, OH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$23,900 Median Student Debt

Denison is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Granville. A Best Schools rank of #108 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Denison is a great university overall.

There were about 22 education students who graduated with this degree at Denison in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program report average early career earnings of $21,400.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
330 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 32nd out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 330 education students who graduated with this degree at SIUC in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program report average early career earnings of $38,960.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In WI
178 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 178 education students who graduated with this degree at UW - Eau Claire in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
577 Education Degrees Awarded

IU Bloomington is a very large public university located in the small city of Bloomington. A Best Schools rank of #111 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means IU Bloomington is a great university overall.

There were approximately 576.9999999999999 education students who graduated with this degree at IU Bloomington in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program state that they receive average early career earnings of $41,757.

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#17

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
41st Most Popular In IN

DePauw is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Greencastle. A Best Schools rank of #134 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means DePauw is a great university overall.

There were about 16 education students who graduated with this degree at DePauw in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In WI
224 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #121 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UW - La Crosse is a great university overall.

There were roughly 224 education students who graduated with this degree at UW - La Crosse in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
315 Education Degrees Awarded

UIC is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Chicago. This university ranks 9th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 315 education students who graduated with this degree at UIC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the education program at University of Illinois at Chicago earn $9,677 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#20

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
126 Education Degrees Awarded

Calvin is a small private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. This university ranks 7th out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 126 education students who graduated with this degree at Calvin in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program report average early career earnings of $33,800.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In WI
230 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of River Falls, UW - River Falls is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 5th out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 230 education students who graduated with this degree at UW - River Falls in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 Education Degrees Awarded

Wheaton College Illinois is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wheaton. This college ranks 5th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 72 education students who graduated with this degree at Wheaton College Illinois in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the education program report average early career income of $37,500.

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#23

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
560 Education Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 560 education students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available. Those education students who get their degree from Michigan State University make $9,302 more than the typical education grad.

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#24

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
47th Most Popular In IL

Located in the small city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 4th out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 28 education students who graduated with this degree at Illinois Wesleyan in the most recent data year.

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#25

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
22nd Most Popular In WI
63 Education Degrees Awarded

SNC is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of De Pere. This college ranks 10th out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 63 education students who graduated with this degree at SNC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region

#25

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI
#26

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH
#29

Beloit College

Beloit, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
33 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
34 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
35 Ball State University Muncie, IN
36 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
37 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
38 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
39 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
40 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
41 North Central College Naperville, IL
42 Lewis University Romeoville, IL

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Indiana 38 9,274
Michigan 38 5,686
Ohio 38 8,718
Illinois 38 9,433
Wisconsin 37 5,163

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Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12,298
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6,756
Educational Administration 5,861
Special Education 4,948
General Education 2,867
Curriculum & Instruction 2,540
Student Counseling 1,321
Instructional Media Design 842
Other Education 426
Teaching English or French 338

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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