Top elementary education programs in Illinois

Advanced degrees in elementary education equip teachers with additional knowledge and skills to better teach elementary-aged students in subjects like math, English, history, and more. These are the top elementary education programs in the U.S. Read more about our ranking methodology here.

Our master’s in elementary education rankings cover 208 of the 279 universities available, accounting for 87% 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 Elementary education nationally

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Economic score: 0.23

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

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Earnings: $50,825

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,953

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: $15,933

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

Debt to earnings: 0.31

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 | #18 in Elementary education nationally

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 0.27

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

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Earnings: $53,425

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,553

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: $20,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.38

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 | #23 in Elementary 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.

#4 in Illinois | #31 in Elementary 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.

#5 in Illinois | #32 in Elementary education nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, 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: $53,722

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,850

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: $25,491

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.

#6 in Illinois | #37 in Elementary education nationally

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.35

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

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Earnings: $51,273

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,401

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: $24,112

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.

#7 in Illinois | #123 in Elementary education nationally

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.53

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

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Earnings: $49,583

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,711

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: $34,729

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

Debt to earnings: 0.70

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.

#8 in Illinois | #124 in Elementary education nationally

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Economic score: 0.54

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

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Earnings: $50,306

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,434

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: $35,812

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

Debt to earnings: 0.71

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.

#9 in Illinois | #142 in Elementary education nationally

Rockford University

Rockford, Illinois

Economic score: 0.59

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

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Earnings: $48,198

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,326

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: $36,206

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

Debt to earnings: 0.75

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.

#10 in Illinois | #163 in Elementary education nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.65

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

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Earnings: $48,665

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,793

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: $40,735

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

Debt to earnings: 0.84

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.

#11 in Illinois | #171 in Elementary 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.

#12 in Illinois | #177 in Elementary 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.

#13 in Illinois | #200 in Elementary education nationally

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Economic score: 0.86

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

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Earnings: $42,991

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,119

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: $41,947

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

Debt to earnings: 0.98

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.

#14 in Illinois | #204 in Elementary education nationally

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.07

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

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Earnings: $53,408

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,536

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: $80,605

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

Debt to earnings: 1.51

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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Lake Forest, Illinois

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