Best secondary education programs in Illinois

Middle and high school teachers specialize in a single subject and teach students between 6th to 12th grade. A graduate degree in secondary education will enhance your teaching ability and prepare you for a career in education. Here are the best secondary education programs.

Our master’s in secondary education rankings cover 190 of the 241 universities available, accounting for 92% 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 | #9 in Secondary education nationally

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 0.37

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: $53,425

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,424

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: $20,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.38

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 Illinois | #10 in Secondary education nationally

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 0.38

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: $53,711

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,208

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: $22,167

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

Debt to earnings: 0.41

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 Illinois | #21 in Secondary education nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Economic score: 0.44

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: $53,722

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,556

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: $25,491

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

Debt to earnings: 0.47

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 Illinois | #22 in Secondary education nationally

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.45

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: $53,488

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,308

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: $25,235

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

Debt to earnings: 0.47

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.

#5 in Illinois | #30 in Secondary education nationally

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.47

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: $51,273

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $111

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: $24,112

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

Debt to earnings: 0.47

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.

#6 in Illinois | #96 in Secondary education nationally

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Economic score: 0.72

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: $50,306

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $629

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: $35,812

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

Debt to earnings: 0.71

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.

#7 in Illinois | #98 in Secondary education nationally

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.72

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: $49,583

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,517

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: $34,729

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

Debt to earnings: 0.70

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.

#8 in Illinois | #123 in Secondary education nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.86

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: $48,665

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,591

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: $40,735

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

Debt to earnings: 0.84

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.

#9 in Illinois | #128 in Secondary education nationally

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.93

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: $46,687

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,125

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: $40,595

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

Debt to earnings: 0.87

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.

#10 in Illinois | #143 in Secondary education nationally

University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Economic score: 1.15

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: $42,991

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $7,679

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: $41,947

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

Debt to earnings: 0.98

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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Lake Forest, Illinois

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How long does it take to pay down debt in secondary education in Illinois?

Years

Under a year

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

How much do graduates with master's degree in secondary education earn in Illinois?

Salary

$51,213

The median master's degree in secondary education graduate earns $51,213 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in secondary education cost in Illinois?

Net cost

$18,019

The average annual cost of a master's degree in secondary education is $18,019. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.