Best graduate schools for early childhood education in Illinois

This rewarding discipline focuses on the development and education of children from birth to age 8. A graduate-level curriculum in early childhood education focuses on in-depth development, research, and policy advocacy. Check out the best early childhood education programs below and the methodology behind how we ranked them. 

Our master’s in early childhood education rankings cover 115 of the 147 universities available, accounting for 93% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $49,054.

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#1 in Illinois | #12 in Early childhood education nationally

Concordia University-Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 0.29

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,711

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,839

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $22,167

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.41

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Illinois | #21 in Early childhood education nationally

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.33

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,488

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,616

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $25,235

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Illinois | #63 in Early childhood education nationally

University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.55

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,729

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,857

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $41,903

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.78

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Illinois | #88 in Early childhood education nationally

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.69

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,545

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,673

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $41,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.86

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Illinois | #93 in Early childhood education nationally

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.71

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $46,687

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,815

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $40,595

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.87

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Illinois | #109 in Early childhood education nationally

Erikson Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.96

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $44,995

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,123

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $51,303

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.14

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Dekalb, Illinois

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