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25 Best Associate Degrees in Teaching 2020

By the GradReports team | Updated 4/1/2020

Students looking to start their teaching careers with an associate degree will find the 25 best options on this list. Graduates of these schools had starting median salaries ranging from $21,100 to $29,500. Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts comes in first; students in the school's teaching associate degree program had the highest median starting salaries and a median debt of $9,447 after graduation.

Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019. View our methodology for more details about these rankings or read more about the top-ranked schools.

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Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Median Debt Median Salary
#2 #2 The Woodlands (TX) (and 6 others) The Woodlands (TX) (and 6 others) $8,070 $9,250 $26,700
#6 #6 Fort Worth (TX) Fort Worth (TX) $8,235 $11,484 $25,100
#8 #8 Winooski (VT) Winooski (VT) $13,600 Not Reported $24,400
#9 #9 Pearl City (HI) Pearl City (HI) $8,350 Not Reported $24,000
#12 #12 Blackwood (NJ) Blackwood (NJ) $3,744 $6,625 $23,700
#13 #13 Westminster (CO) Westminster (CO) $15,776 Not Reported $23,400
#14 #14 Green Bay (WI) Green Bay (WI) $6,965 $13,868 $23,300
#17 #17 Dover (DE) (and 2 others) Dover (DE) (and 2 others) $11,808 $6,998 $22,900
#18 #18 Dayton (OH) Dayton (OH) $8,316 $11,951 $22,700
#19 #19 Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other) Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other) $28,540 $12,999 $22,700
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Sanford (NC) Sanford (NC) $8,698 Not Reported $22,300
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) San Antonio (TX) San Antonio (TX) $14,272 Not Reported $22,300
#22 #22 Haverhill (MA) (and 1 other) Haverhill (MA) (and 1 other) $11,472 $11,000 $22,200
#24 #24 Clyde (NC) Clyde (NC) $8,724 Not Reported $21,400
#25 #25 Appleton (WI) (and 5 others) Appleton (WI) (and 5 others) $6,977 $11,375 $21,300

2020 Best Colleges Highlights

Learn more about the top colleges for a Associate in Teaching degree. You can also read student reviews of each school by clicking on the stars. Although student reviews were not used as a ranking factor in this list, we provide ratings and reviews so students can consider the experience of alumni in their decision-making process.

The Woodlands (TX) (and 6 others)
Median Salary $26,700
Median Debt $9,250
Annual Tuition $8,070
Graduation Rate 12%

An Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) at Lone Star College fulfills the core requirements of a four-year bachelor’s program toward Texas teacher certification. After finishing the associate degree, students can transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree toward teacher certification. Any public Texas college or university will accept Lone Star College credits. Lone Star’s admission process is open enrollment, with a free application. Students with financial need may apply for work-study opportunities. This two-year degree requires 60 credits of coursework and 32 hours of observation, with a mix of foundation courses and electives. Courses include Composition and Rhetoric, College Algebra, United States History, and Public Speaking.

Aspiring teachers in Lone Star’s AAT program are required to complete field experiences. With real-world teaching opportunities in accredited school districts, students will be able to observe professionals and practice their teaching skills. AAT’s seven campuses around Texas offer this degree, providing further flexibility for students.

Visit the Lone Star College System's website.