Best Business Teacher Education Programs

Business educators and teachers are in high demand. Learn more about the best bachelor’s in business teacher education programs.

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Published on July 15, 2022

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A bachelor's in business teacher education trains future teachers to educate students on business basics. Teachers are always in high demand, and the need for business education at the high school and post-secondary level is growing.

Working in education can be fulfilling, but teachers are not known for earning high salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers made an average median wage of $61,030 per year in May 2021. Post-secondary business teachers earned a median salary of $87,200 per year, as of May 2019.

Most students finish an online or on-campus bachelor’s in business teacher education program in four years. On average, in-state tuition for a bachelor's degree costs $9,375. Online programs usually charge similar tuition rates, but it is important to check the program's true cost.

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Minot State University - Minot, North Dakota

Why It's #1: Minot State University (MSU) is the number one school on our Best Business Teacher Education programs list. While this university has a below-average graduation rate of 45% and an acceptance rate of 67%, the undergraduate tuition is highly affordable, at only $6,800 for both in-state and out-of-state students. Additionally, 90% of students receive financial aid. MSU is a great option for distance learning, with 42% of students enrolled in online courses. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11-to-1, which is below average.

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#1

Minot State University

School Information
Location Minot, North Dakota
Admission Rate 67%
Graduation Rate 45%
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 42% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus & Hybrid Option | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Cost per Credit
In-State | $299
Out-of-State | $299

Credits to Graduate
123 - 125

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No

Program Accreditation | Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation

MSU's business education degree program prepares students for rewarding careers teaching middle and high school students the basics of business. Courses are offered both on campus and online, providing some flexibility for students as they plan their academic careers. Student teaching lasts for 16 weeks under the supervision of experienced educators. 

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to teaching programs, including the business education program.  

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#2

University of Mary

School Information
Location Bismarck, North Dakota
Admission Rate 74%
Graduation Rate 60%
Instituation Type Private
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 45% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus and Online | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $17,350
Out-of-State | $17,350

Credits to Graduate
124

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 

Graduates of Mary's business education program are eligible to teach grades 5th through 12th in North Dakota. Students are encouraged to join the Emerging Leaders Academy, Mary’s one-on-one mentorship program. 

Students are required to pass courses in business, communication, technology, and other core subjects with at least a C in order to earn credit for the major. Along with a one-credit student teaching seminar and capstone course, students are required to complete 8-12 weeks of student teaching to graduate.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

School Information
Location Cedar Falls, Iowa
Admission Rate 79%
Graduation Rate 67%
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 26% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $9,411
Out-of-State | $20,565

Credits to Graduate
120

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

UNI's B.A. in business teaching is an interdepartmental degree program that includes core education courses and classes in the college of business. Along with courses on teaching students of diverse needs, you will take classes in personal finance and entrepreneurship. 

For over a decade, 100% of UNI students who graduate from the business teaching program find positions at middle or high schools. UNI also has an Ed.D. program that is offered entirely online. 

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#4

Missouri Baptist University

School Information
Location Saint Louis, Missouri
Admission Rate 61%
Graduation Rate 45%
Instituation Type Private
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 34% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $14,538
Out-of-State | $14,538

Credits to Graduate
130

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Students enrolled in MBU's business education major must be enrolled in business education as their primary major in order to teach grades 9-12. MBU has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 14-to-1. The average student pays only half of their tuition. 

Students are required to complete supervised student teaching and a capstone course in order to graduate. General education courses are required before undergraduate students can be admitted to any teaching program. 

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#5

Valley City State University

School Information
Location Valley City, North Dakota
Admission Rate 76%
Graduation Rate 50%
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 55% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus, Hybrid, or Online | Scheduled Classes or Self-Paced

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $6,619
Out-of-State | $7,413-$11,583

Credits to Graduate
119

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

VCSU's business education program prepares students to teach material such as business and business law, keyboarding, and computer applications with an optional endorsement to teach marketing. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to the program. 

Along with general education requirements, the program includes courses such as accounting and entrepreneurship. To graduate, students must complete a semester of student teaching.

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#6

Trevecca Nazarene University

School Information
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Admission Rate 62%
Graduation Rate 56%
Instituation Type Private
Accreditation Yes Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Percent Online Enrollment 43% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $13,650
Out-of-State | $13,650

Credits to Graduate
#

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 

Trevecca's bachelor’s of science in business education degree program trains and certifies students to teach business to grades 6-12. Courses cover research projects, education foundations, and a semester of student teaching.  

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#7

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

School Information
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Admission Rate 78%
Graduation Rate 66%
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 49% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Cost per Credit
In-State | $259
Out-of-State | $830

Credits to Graduate
120

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Nebraska Department of Education

UNL's Secondary Education: Business, Marketing, and Information Technology program prepares students to teach business and marketing in grades 6-12. Many other programs require additional certificates to teach marketing. 

Students must have an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 950 to be admitted to UNL. A GPA of 2.75 is required to be admitted to the teacher education program. Students must complete a capstone project and one semester of supervised student teaching. 

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#8

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

School Information
Location Laie, Hawaii
Admission Rate 97%
Graduation Rate 65%
Instituation Type Private
Accreditation Yes Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 21% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Cost per Credit
Latter-Day Saint | $2,084 - $3125
Non-Latter-Day Saint | $4,168 - $6,250

Credits to Graduate
120

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | WASC Senior College and University Commission

Students at BYU-Hawaii cannot have any grade lower than a C- to gain admission into their bachelor’s of science in business education program. Students have one chance to retake a course to receive a higher grade. Students will be removed from the program if the second attempt grade is too low. 

Program courses include “Principles of Macroeconomics” and “Human Growth and Learning in Schools.” “Introduction to Hawaiian Studies” is a recommended elective. Along with a capstone project, students are required to complete a semester of supervised student teaching. 

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#9

Grace College and Theological Seminary

School Information
Location Winona Lake, Indiana
Admission Rate 80%
Graduation Rate 69%
Instituation Type Private
Accreditation Yes Higher Learning Commission
Percent Online Enrollment 20% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

On Campus | Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $28,148
Out-of-State | $28,148

Credits to Graduate
123

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation

Grace's business education major program focuses on business basics, marketing, and preparing students to teach in middle or high school. Along with core classes, students in this program take courses such as “Business Law” and “Principles of Management.” 

Grace offers an accelerated bachelor’s degree that students can complete in three years, as well as a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree that students can complete in four.

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#10

SUNY College at Oswego

School Information
Location Oswego, New York
Admission Rate 54%
Graduation Rate 67%
Accreditation Yes Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Percent Online Enrollment 25% Percentage of all students who are enrolled online.

Online or On Campus) | Self-Paced or Scheduled Classes

Avg. Tuition Cost
In-State | $3,535
Out-of-State | $8,490

Credits to Graduate
109

Program Information
Degree Completion Program | No
Program Accreditation | Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Oswego offers multiple tracks in their bachelor of science in career and technical education program, including agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and business and marketing for grades pre-k-12. Both full and part-time students can use this program to become licensed educators in New York. 

To be eligible for the required student teaching and graduation, students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA and complete all of their core class requirements.

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Popular Online Business Teacher Education Programs

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How We Rank Schools

Each year, the BestColleges Ranking Team evaluates hundreds of programs to produce our annual Best Bachelor's in Business Teacher Education ranking. In 2022, the team sourced the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. We identified 114 schools that qualify for our ranking list based on the following criteria.

To ensure the accuracy and quality of our final ranked list, the ranking team reviewed each qualifying school to ensure it met the criteria for our ranking, and then applied our proprietary ranking methodology to identify the best schools offering this program in the nation. Each school is ranked based on a formula measuring academic factors (60%) and affordability (40%).

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Frequently Asked Questions About Business Teacher Education Programs

Is a bachelor's in business teaching education worth it?

Yes. Teaching is a rewarding and in-demand career path. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs for secondary school teachers will grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average growth rate for all occupations.

Many schools offer online bachelor’s degrees in business teacher education that prepare students to teach in middle and high schools. They are also a great option for those who hope to further their education and earn a master's or Ph.D. If you decide teaching is not for you, this degree can also be a stepping stone to an MBA.

What can I do with a bachelor's in business teaching?

Bachelor’s in business teacher programs train and license students to become educators at middle schools and high schools. Business educators teach their students the basics of business, information technology, and even marketing.

This degree can also help you become an instructional designer or coordinator. Program courses include topics in ethics and business management, as well as educational psychology and classroom management. These skills prepare you for work in management, human resources, and other areas in business. Companies need instructional coordinators who can develop and implement educational and training methods for employees. These are skills learned in a business education degree program.

What continuing education is available for business teacher graduates?

Some continuing education options include master’s degree programs. As many as 61% of high school educators held a master’s degree as of 2018.

Not all business teacher program graduates go on to work at a school. Many choose to earn their MBA and work in the field. Learners can enroll in an online MBA program and open up more opportunities in both education and business.

Earning certificates and certifications is another way to grow your understanding of the business world for your education or business career. Some certificate options include small business certification, project management, and logistics.

How much money can I make with a bachelor's in business teaching?

As of May 2021, high school teachers in the US made a median annual wage of $61,820, according to the BLS. A teacher with a bachelor’s in business teaching degree should expect a similar salary.

According to the BLS, instructional coordinators — individuals who design and implement education and training within a business — earned a median annual salary of $63,740 as of May 2021. According to Payscale, those with a bachelor’s of business education earned an average salary of $76,000 per year as of June 2022.

What are the highest-paying jobs with a bachelor's in business teaching?

The highest paid career paths for a bachelor’s in business teaching include project managers and learning and development consultants. According to Payscale, project managers earned an average yearly salary of $76,270 as of July 2022. Learning and development consultants earned an average salary of $80,050 per year as of July 2022.

Business teachers earned a median annual salary of $94,360 when teaching at postsecondary schools, according to BLS estimates from May 2021.

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