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. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable child development schools below or read our full methodology.

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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
#2 #2 Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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: NCACSTHLC
  • 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: NCACSTHLC 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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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: NCACSTHLC 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • 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: NCACSTHLC 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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