Top elementary education programs in Tennessee

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 Tennessee | #107 in Elementary education nationally

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Economic score: 0.70

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $42,843

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,364

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $28,269

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

Debt to earnings: 0.66

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Tennessee | #108 in Elementary education nationally

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee

Economic score: 0.70

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $43,068

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,565

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $29,051

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

Debt to earnings: 0.67

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Tennessee | #163 in Elementary education nationally

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Economic score: 1.02

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $44,085

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,532

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $40,756

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

Debt to earnings: 0.92

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Tennessee | #167 in Elementary education nationally

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

Economic score: 1.07

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $39,535

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,021

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $36,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.91

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation 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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Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

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How long does it take to pay down debt in elementary education in Tennessee?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in elementary education is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in elementary education earn in Tennessee?

Salary

$43,837

The median master's degree in elementary education graduate earns $43,837 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in elementary education cost in Tennessee?

Net cost

$13,608

The average annual cost of a master's degree in elementary education is $13,608. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.