Count the Cost
With the average first-year teacher making a starting salary of around $40,000, cost is a factor as you consider what makes the best college for future teachers. You should think long and hard about taking on $30,000 in student loans as you get ready for your teaching career.
The Longhorns of the University of Texas - Austin (ranked 10th, $7,396 per year) lead the pack when it comes to the cost and quality combination and their school of education has had a strong reputation in the elementary, secondary, and collegiate teaching world for years.
Other schools that have the dynamic quality and cost combo include: University of Kansas (ranked 17th, $270 per unit), Indiana University (ranked 19th, $330 per unit), University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (ranked 30th, $5,413 per year), Texas A and M (ranked 31st, $222 per unit), and Utah State (ranked 31st, $3,458 per year). All of these future teacher programs have great rankings and reasonable rates, but you must be in-state to reap the benefits of the cost effective quality.