Database Lists McKendree Among Top Colleges for Teacher Education

Lebanon, Ill. — The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data, lists McKendree University among the state’s top schools for teacher education. “Top Colleges in Illinois: Shaping the Next Generation” recognizes post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals during the 2012 academic year.

McKendree awarded 255 education degrees in 2012, the 19th most of 53 ranked institutions and ahead of Northwestern, Bradley and the University of Chicago. The list identifies fully accredited, four-year, not-for-profit public and private post-secondary institutions. “Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs,” said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. “But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students.”

McKendree University offers bachelor’s degree programs in elementary, secondary and special K-12 education. Master’s degree programs of study are educational administration and leadership, educational studies, educational studies with reading emphasis, music education, special education, specialized instruction, and teacher licensure. Master’s degree programs in higher education administrative services and in teacher leadership are available online. The doctoral program prepares experienced teachers and administrators for curriculum leadership. They may earn a specialist (EdS) degree at the 30-hour mid-point and a doctorate (EdD) in curriculum design and instruction after completion of 60 hours.