Colleges of Distinction: Excellent Colleges for Your Education Degree

Erin Pettus

The role of educators in the workforce is arguably one of the most valuable career paths; educators influence future generations and guide them as they grow into their chosen disciplines. While every young student has the potential to change the world, they are undoubtedly shaped and molded by their teachers. The importance of a well-rounded education program is vital to the success of teachers as well as important to the education received by their students.

With the significance of this profession in mind, Colleges of Distinction has awarded an education badge to institutions who offer an illustrious program dedicated to shaping quality educators. Prospective students can pinpoint the best education programs through Colleges of Distinction and dive into their studies knowing the program meets the following 7 values and qualities:

  • Stability: Students can begin their quest for a degree knowing they are a part of a well-established program within their university. Institutions awarded an education badge has been awarding degrees to educators for at least 10 years and have regional accreditation.
  • Multidisciplinarity: The education badge also ensures that students receive a specialized education where they select to focus on a certain field of education such as childhood, elementary, secondary, etc. This guarantees that students can graduate with knowledge specific to their interests and are able to hit the ground running within their field.
  • Practical experience: Schools which fit the criteria for an education badge also offer students (preferably as early as their first year) practical experience in a variety of school types. Students can explore schools in the real world on multiple points of the spectrum in regard to size, economic status, location, etc.
  • Non-education specialization: Students also have the opportunity to obtain a minor or specialize in a subject which is not education related as to strengthen their own knowledge in the subject they will be teaching and to allow the student to be well-rounded in their discipline.
  • Dedicated advising and counseling: These education programs provide students with advisors and counselors specific to the education discipline. Students can rest assured knowing there will always be someone available to guide them on their journey to graduation.
  • High-Impact Practices: The programs with education badges display high-impact practices tailored specifically to the education major.
  • Industry connections: Students who participate in the education programs are provided career connections through such opportunities as internships, networking activities, advisory councils, and more.

The education programs featured on Colleges of Distinction can propel students down an individualized path that suits their needs to become the future teacher they aspire to be.

Learn more about what makes an Education College of Distinction.

2018-2019 Education Colleges of Distinction


Birmingham-Southern College
Samford University
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Montevallo

Prescott College

Harding University
John Brown University
Lyon College

Azusa Pacific University
Chapman University
Dominican University of California
Loyola Marymount University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Santa Clara University
Simpson University
University of La Verne
University of Redlands
University of the Pacific

Colorado Christian University
Colorado Mesa University
Naropa University
University of Denver
Western State Colorado University

Albertus Magnus College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Sacred Heart University
University of Hartford
Western Connecticut State University

Barry University
Flagler College
Florida Southern College
Lynn University
Rollins College
Southeastern University
University of Miami
University of North Florida

Berry College
Brenau University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Mercer University
Piedmont College
Reinhardt University
Toccoa Falls College
University of West Georgia
Young Harris College

Northwest Nazarene University
The College of Idaho

Aurora University
Concordia University Chicago
Greenville University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Judson University
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
North Central College
Olivet Nazarene University
Saint Xavier University
Trinity Christian College
University of St. Francis

Anderson University
Ball State University
Bethel College
Butler University
DePauw University
Grace College
Taylor University
University of Indianapolis

Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Drake University
Northwestern College
St. Ambrose University
University of Dubuque

Baker University
Bethany College
Emporia State University
Friends University
Kansas Wesleyan University
McPherson College
Ottawa University
Southwestern College

Lindsey Wilson College
University of Louisville
University of the Cumberlands

Centenary College of Louisiana
University of New Orleans

Unity College
University of Maine

Frostburg State University
Loyola University Maryland
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Salisbury University
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path University
Curry College
Emmanuel College
Lasell College
Regis College
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Western New England University

Albion College
Alma College
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Cornerstone University
Northern Michigan University
Siena Heights University
Western Michigan University

University of Minnesota Morris
University of St. Thomas

Belhaven University
Millsaps College

Evangel University
Fontbonne University
Maryville University
Missouri State University
Saint Louis University

Rocky Mountain College
University of Providence

College of Saint Mary
Concordia University, Nebraska
Creighton University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Wayne State College

Rivier University
University of New Hampshire

Caldwell University
College of Saint Elizabeth
Georgian Court University
Ramapo College
Rider University
Seton Hall University
The College of New Jersey

Adelphi University
Canisius College
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Concordia College New York
Daemen College
Dominican College
Elmira College
Houghton College
Iona College
Keuka College
Le Moyne College
LIU Brooklyn
LIU Post
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Molloy College
Niagara University
Pace University, Westchester Campus
Pace University, New York City Campus
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University
St. Thomas Aquinas College
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
The Sage Colleges
University at Albany, SUNY

Appalachian State University
Catawba College
Elon University
Gardner-Webb University
High Point University
Lees-McRae College
Meredith College
Pfeiffer University
University of Mount Olive
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wake Forest University
Western Carolina University

University of Mary

Ashland University
Capital University
Defiance College
Denison University
Hiram College
Miami University – Oxford
Mount St. Joseph University
Ohio Dominican University
Otterbein University
University of Dayton
University of Mount Union
Walsh University
Wittenberg University
Xavier University

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oral Roberts University
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
University of Tulsa

Corban University
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Pacific University
Portland State University
University of Portland
Warner Pacific University

Cabrini University
Carlow University
Cedar Crest College
Chatham University
Chestnut Hill College
Drexel University
Elizabethtown College
Geneva College
Gettysburg College
Grove City College
La Roche College
Lebanon Valley College
Lycoming College
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mount Aloysius College
Muhlenberg College
Point Park University
Rosemont College
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph’s University
Seton Hill University
Slippery Rock University
Susquehanna University
Thiel College
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Villanova University
Waynesburg University
West Chester University
Wilson College
York College of Pennsylvania

Charleston Southern University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
Erskine College
Furman University
Presbyterian College
The Citadel
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Carolina Upstate

Mount Marty College

Belmont University
Carson-Newman University
Christian Brothers University
Freed-Hardeman University
King University
Lee University
Lipscomb University
Maryville College
Middle Tennesee State University
Rhodes College
Tusculum College
Union University

Abilene Christian University
Angelo State University
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Lubbock Christian University
Midwestern State University
Southern Methodist University
St. Edward’s University
St. Mary’s University
Texas Christian University
The University of Texas at Tyler
University of Dallas
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor

Southern Utah University
Westminster College of Utah

Castleton University
Champlain College
University of Vermont

Averett University
Christopher Newport University
College of William & Mary
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
Sweet Briar College
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
University of Lynchburg
Virginia Wesleyan University

Eastern Washington University
Gonzaga University
Northwest University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle University
Western Washington University

Davis & Elkins College

Cardinal Stritch University
Carthage College
Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
Northland College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
University of Wisconsin–Parkside
University of Wisconsin–Stout
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College


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