So You Want to Be a Teacher? Here’s How to Plan the Ultimate College Tour

Visiting colleges before you apply for them isn’t compulsory, but it does give you a good idea of where you would be a good fit. It can be frightening leaving for college for the first time, and having seen the campus can help you feel less nervous. If you’re starting to look at colleges and you think you might want to declare a major in education, there are some incredible choices up and down the country. Paying a visit to some of the top colleges also gives you the chance to explore somewhere new and have a mini vacation. Tour some of the top colleges for education majors in the country with these suggestions.

Vanderbilt Peabody, Nashville, TN

Peabody College at Vanderbilt University is often named as the top place for studying education in the country. They have a great selection of undergraduate programs, plus plenty of graduate options too if you want to continue your education. Undergraduate majors range from Child Development to Cognitive Studies. The college is located near the Music Row area of vibrant Nashville. This city is a music lover’s paradise and is often called Music City. Stay at the Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt/West End if you want to be in the middle of all the action. When you’re not touring the college campus, you can explore Music Row, do some shopping, or go to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

At Purdue University, the education major stretches across six different colleges. You can combine your learning about education with an interest in another area of study. You can explore Liberal Arts, the sciences and math, engineering and technology, and even agriculture. There are plenty of places to stay close to the university, including a Hampton Inn and Suites. This college town still offers plenty to do, from art galleries to boutique stores and historical and heritage trails. This is a great place if you want somewhere full of history and lots of local quirks to fall in love with.

College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ

The College of New Jersey requires you to pursue another major, alongside elementary or secondary education. So if you’re looking for a challenge, it might be the place for you. This college is known for its STEM research, so an engineering or science major might interest you. You can also choose a program in special education. When you visit, the Marriott Springhill Suites is the closest hotel to stay at. You could spend your time visiting a couple of museums, or you could take a trip to Six Flags, about 35 miles away.

Brown University, Providence, RI

Brown allows you to have complete control over your education and create an individual program that works for you. They have a strong Department of Education, and a huge number of other areas to explore too. There are also opportunities to help professors with research and teach in a real classroom setting. There are plenty of places to stay while you’re visiting, including the Marriott Providence Downtown. When you’re not exploring the campus, try a gondola tour of the city for a fun way to experience your potential future home.

Choosing the right college can be tough, but visiting them will help you make things clearer. Just remember that you need to meet their academic requirements too.