a comprehensive review of 2,500 teacher
programs in the U.S. rated on 19 standards
find the best in teacher prep
By Institution
By Location


raising the bar on teacher prep

NCTQ aims to help strengthen teacher education by rating programs on standards that measure key elements of teacher preparation program design and were developed in consultation with a broad range of experts. Learn more about our standards »

Our nation's schools

employ 3 million teachers and rely on 27,000 programs in 2,000 separate institutions for training those teachers. Since 2006, NCTQ has reviewed programs, made recommendations, and highlights the best we've seen for undergraduate and graduate programs for elementary, secondary and special ed. Our most recent release focuses on undergraduate elementary programs. Learn more about our findings »

Top undergraduate elementary programs »

recent work:

  • progress in undergraduate teacher prep elementary ed
    Dec 2016

    We've seen some progress since the last time we looked at undergraduate elementary programs two years ago.
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  • Unpacking Secondary Certification: State Certification Discontinuity
    Apr 2017

    There are nearly as many arrangements of science and social studies certifications as there are states, which is somewhat astonishing considering almost all high school students take the same core courses (biology, history, government, etc.) regardless of where they live.

    Learn more »

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