2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Child Development Degrees

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These 18 online schools offer the most affordable child development degrees with options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. With tuitions under $17,000, all of these schools are excellent options for students pursuing online child development degrees. Our most affordable school, number one ranked Grand Canyon University, has a low tuition of only $7,500 per year. Eastern Kentucky University offers three different bachelor's degrees including one which focuses on autism spectrum disorder at a low annual tuition of only $12,000. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online child development degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Child Development Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $7,500 Child Development Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Ball State University Annual Tuition $8,850 Child Development Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Clemson University Annual Tuition $10,260 Child Development Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $10,380 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Western Michigan University Annual Tuition $11,330 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Indiana Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $11,880 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 University of La Verne Annual Tuition $12,070 Child Development Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Eastern Washington University Annual Tuition $12,510 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Concordia University-Saint Paul Annual Tuition $13,440 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Capella University Annual Tuition $13,580 Child Development Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#16 #16 Post University Annual Tuition $15,150 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $16,448 Child Development Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 Argosy University Online Annual Tuition $16,724 Child Development Degrees: Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Childhood and Adolescent Trauma; Development through Childhood and Adolescence; Developmental Disabilities; Human Growth and Development; Psychopathology and Treatment of Children and Adolescence; Tests and Appraisal in Counsel
  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of EC Programs; Children’s Literature; Early Childhood Experience; Motor Learning and Motor Development; Psychology of the Exceptional Child; Reading/Writing w/ Young Children
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Development; Adult Development and Aging; Child Development; Education in a Diverse Society; Parent and Community Relations; Psychology of Human Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence; Educational Psychology; Issues in Adolescent Development; Issues in Childhood Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Evaluation of Youth Programs; Child and Adolescent Development; Creative and Ethical Leadership in a Changing Society; Youth Development in the Context of a Global and Diverse Society; Youth Development in the Context of Family; Youth Development Programming in a Contemporary Society
  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Growth and Development; Children's Literature and Language Development; Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities; Infancy and Toddlerhood; Parent and Family Development; Preschool Development
  • Annual Tuition: $11,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Development; Child Development; Early Childhood Assessment and Curricula; Global Ecology of the Family; Infant and Toddler Development; Intimate Relationships: Friends, Family, and Marriage
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Psychology of Adolescents; Psychology of Adulthood; Psychology of Childhood; Psychology of Personality
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Psychology Theory and Applications; Human Growth & Development; Interview Strategies for Helpers; Learning and Cognition; Motor Learning & Movement Development; Principles of Fitness & Nutrition
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Child Sensorimotor Development; Family Stress and Resilience; Interaction and Guidance; Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs; Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers; Program Planning for Preschool Children
  • Annual Tuition: $12,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Early Childhood; Cognition and Brain Development; Human Development; Language, Reading, and Concept Development; Studies in Attachment
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Psychology; Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence; Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging; Social Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,510
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    African American Family; Child and Adolescent Development; Examining Equity in Children's Programming; Geography of Childhood; Human Learning; Sociology of the Family
  • Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Play and Learning; Dual Language Learners; Ethics in Early Childhood; Growth/Development Child; Infants and Toddlers; Language Development/Literacy

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,580
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Psychology; Child Psychology; Human Prenatal Development; Lifespan Development; Topics in Child and Adolescent Development

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Development; Emergent Literacy; Language Development in Young Children; Learning Theory; STEM in the ECE Classroom; Teaching Exceptional Learners

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,448
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and APA
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children; Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health; Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy; Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities; Issues and Trends in Developmental Disabilities; Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I
  • Annual Tuition: $16,724
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology; Child, Family, and Community Relationships; Children and Violence; Psychology of Exceptional Children
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