2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Early Childhood Education Degrees

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The 25 schools listed below have the most affordable tuition rates for students seeking an online degree in early childhood education. Degrees are available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate level, and each of these online schools offers an annual tuition rate below $9,000. American College of Education, the top-ranked school, offers two degree options in this field: a master's and a doctorate, which focuses on leadership. Tuition starts at $3,760 annually. Those seeking an undergraduate degree can choose from Aspen University’s associate and bachelor’s degrees. Aspen University, #3, offers a tuition rate of $4,500 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Early Childhood Education Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,760 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#2 #2 Williston State College Annual Tuition $4,409 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#4 #4 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,560 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,580 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Armstrong State University Annual Tuition $6,000 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,494 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Florida State College at Jacksonville Annual Tuition $6,496 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#12 #12 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,561 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,631 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Concordia University-Saint Paul Annual Tuition $6,715 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Associate and Master's
#15 #15 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $7,182 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,245 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $7,293 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 Trident University International Annual Tuition $7,344 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Auburn University at Montgomery Annual Tuition $7,830 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,830 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Associate, Master's, and Certificate
#21 #21 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,965 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $8,064 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#23 #23 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $8,145 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 Portland State University Annual Tuition $8,188 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#25 #25 Florida International University Annual Tuition $8,324 Early Childhood Education Degrees: Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,760
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Child Growth and Development; Curriculum Development: Methods and Strategies; Family, School, and Community; The Exceptional Child; Trends in Early Childhood
  • Annual Tuition: $4,409
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Child & Adolescent Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Educational Technology; Human Relations & Cultural Diversity; Learn & Evaluation; Special Needs/Inclusive Environment
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Children with Special Needs; Cultural and Linguistic Diversity; Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Preschool and School Age Settings; Infant and Toddler Mental Health; Play and Learning for the Preschool Child; Professionalism and Growth in the Early Childhood Field

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Human Development Studies; Children and Families in a Diverse Society; Family Advocacy; Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Programming and Policy Issues for Early Childhood Settings; The Educational Role of Play
  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in Early Childhood Education; Curriculum and Instructional Strategies; Developing Creativity and Critical Thinking in Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Inclusive Environments; Special Topics in Early Childhood Education; Teachers as Mentors, Coaches, and Leaders in Early Childhood Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Intervention and Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Curriculum Construction in a Multicultural Society; Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children; ssues and Trends in Early Childhood Education; The Parent and the Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $5,580
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Involvement in Early Education; Educational Evaluation; Educational Psychology; Language and Cognition in Early Education; Practicum in Early Childhood Education; Using the Internet in the Classroom
  • Annual Tuition: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing Affective Curricula; Family/Community Involvement for School Improvement; Investigating Language Arts; Language Development: Implications for the Childhood Educator; Reading, Interpreting, and Applying Research; Teaching Creative Arts
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods in Early Childhood Science; Linking Literacy Assessment to Instruction; Multimedia Approach to Children's Literature and Writing; Teaching Communication Across Cultures; Teaching Writers and Writing; Understanding Readers and the Reading Process
  • Annual Tuition: $6,494
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Early Childhood Education; Enhancing Learning Through Children's Literature; Intervention in the Early Childhood Education Classroom; Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education; Practicum for Young Children; Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • Annual Tuition: $6,496
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Experiences for Young Children; Early Literacy for Young Children; Integrated Science & Math for Young Children; Internship Early Childhood; Observing & Recording Behavior; Teaching English Language Learners

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,561
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Early Childhood Education; Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community; Curricular Foundations in Early Childhood Education; Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs; Play in Development and Early Childhood Education; Practicum in Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $6,631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Care Management & Admin; Creative Expressions Methods; Diverse Learners; Educating Exceptional Students; Educational Psychology; Programs, Procedures, & Issues in Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,715
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Social & Emotional Growth; Children's Literature; Dual Language Learners; Ethics in Early Childhood; Language Development/Literacy; Young Child with Special Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $7,182
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research Practicum; Empowerment for Teacher Leadership; ESL endorsement; Formative Assessment & Intervention for All Students; Gifted education endorsement; Information Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Research and Evaluation; Instructional Planning in the Elementary School; Microcomputing Systems; Organizational Patterns & Curriculum in ECE; Trends and Practices in Teaching Reading; Trends in Teaching Mathematics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Educational Statistics; Planning Programs for Early Education; Techniques of Educational Research; Technology Portfolio
  • Annual Tuition: $7,344
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Child Development Centers; Developing Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary School; Foundations of Early Childhood Development; Physical Motor, Perceptual and Moral Development of Children 0-8; Psychological Foundations of Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer-based Instructional Technologies; Curriculum & Teaching Elementary Science; Curriculum & Teaching Elementary Social Studies; Developmental Processes; Practicum in Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Students with Special Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NAEYC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Teaching; Curriculum Development and Evaluation; Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment; Leadership in ECH & Care; The Healthy Infant, Toddler, & Young Child
  • Annual Tuition: $7,965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Development of Young Learners; Family, School and Community: Partnerships in Early Childhood Education; Issues and Trends in Early Literacy Development; Math and Science for Young Children; Observation, Documentation, and Assessment in Early Childhood; Play, Research and Advocacy

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,064
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Statistics; Curriculum in Early Childhood Education; Language and Literacy in Young Children; Research in Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Fostering the Development of Young Children’s Mathematics & Science Knowledge & Skills; Infants & Young Children: Risk & Resilience; Laying the Foundation for Reading: Supporting Language & Literacy Development in Preschool; Learning & Teaching in Our Changing World; Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood; Understanding Early Childhood & Family Studies Research
  • Annual Tuition: $8,324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Young Child; Cultural/Social Foundations of Education; General Instruction Decision Making; Issues in Early Childhood Education; Play and Development of Social Competence; Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings
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