2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Education Degrees

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Students looking to pursue an online degree in education should consider the 25 schools included on this list, all with annual tuitions of less than $10,000. Many of these accredited institutions offer fully online master's programs, including our top three most affordable: California Coast University, Taft University System, and Aspen University. The degrees and certificate programs offered at these colleges offer a wide variety of degree specializations across broad subjects such as curriculum and instruction, leadership and administration, special education, ESOL training, and many more.

Schools must offer fully online degrees of bachelor’s level or higher in the field of education in order to be eligible for the Most Affordable ranking. A full methodology can be viewed here.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Education Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 California Coast University Annual Tuition $4,140 Education Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#2 #2 Taft University System Annual Tuition $4,400 Education Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#3 #3 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Education Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#4 #4 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#5 #5 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,012 Education Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,063 Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,276 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 Dakota State University Annual Tuition $6,333 Education Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $6,548 Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 Columbia College Annual Tuition $6,750 Education Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 West Texas A & M University Annual Tuition $6,815 Education Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#12 #12 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,885 Education Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $7,155 Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#14 #14 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,331 Education Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $7,344 Education Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#16 #16 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,620 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#17 #17 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,624 Education Degrees: Associate, Master's, and Certificate
#18 #18 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $7,660 Education Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#19 #19 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,235 Education Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#20 #20 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $8,442 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#21 #21 Troy University Annual Tuition $8,645 Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#22 #22 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $8,827 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#23 #23 Utah State University Annual Tuition $8,970 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#24 #24 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,331 Education Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,140
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

California Coast University offers several online graduate degree options for professionals interested in education-related careers. With tuition priced at $4,140 per year, prospective students can choose between a four-course Graduate Certificate or a 36-credit Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education Administration or Curriculum and Instruction. Professionals ready for leadership positions can pursue a 66-credit Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) credential in Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, or Organizational Leadership. Graduate Certificate and M.Ed. students can take courses such as Community Relations, Public Policy, and Models of Teaching. Doctoral students can choose between courses that cover expert-level topics such as education finance and human resources management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,400
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

William Howard Taft University, part of the Taft University System, offers online graduate degrees to students interested in education leadership at the affordable price of $4,400 annually. Through the Boyer Graduate School of Education, students can earn a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). The university’s sixty-credit doctoral degree program has two concentration areas: Educational Administration or Educational Technology and Leadership. These online Ed.D. programs are designed for mid-level education institution managers interested in career advancement.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Aspen University provides a full range of online degree programs in the field of education for an affordable price of $4,500 per year. Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree holders have the option to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood Education by enrolling in the university’s completion program. New undergraduate students can also enroll in the BS in Early Childhood Education. Educators interested in upgrading their skills can enroll in one of the university’s online master’s degree in education programs, with concentrations in Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessment, Educational Technology, and Transformational Leadership. Aspen University also offers a doctoral degree in Education Leadership for professionals seeking upper level management positions.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and NCATE

Western Governors University’s Teacher’s College provides online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with a focus on licensure, master’s degrees for previously certified teachers, and endorsement certificates. Undergraduate students seeking teacher certification can earn Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in interdisciplinary studies, special education, mathematics, or science. Prospective teachers holding undergraduate degrees can enroll in WGU’s post-baccalaureate teacher certification program. The university also offers online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) degrees leading to certification in mathematics, English, science, social science, elementary education, and other education-related subjects for licensed teacher’s looking to expand their knowledge in a particular subject area. WGU offers endorsement preparation programs in English as a second language and education leadership. The university’s annual tuition is $5,780.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,012
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

Delta State University offers online master’s and post-master’s degrees in education. Prospective teachers can earn certification by enrolling in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. The university’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in Elementary Education and Special Education are designed to enhance the skills of those already holding teacher certification. Teachers interested in leadership positions in the education field can enroll in Delta State University’s post-master’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs and pursue a concentration in Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, or Counseling. Delta State’s annual tuition is $6,012.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,063
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

Southeast Missouri State University graduate students can enroll in an online Master of Arts (MA) program specializing in Elementary, Exceptional Child Education, Secondary Education, or T.E.S.O.L. Licensed educators who want to pursue careers helping students with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities can earn an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. The university’s Applied Behavior Analysis courses are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The university also offers professional and undergraduate-level E.S.O.L certificates and a professional Autism Spectrum Disorder Certification. Annual tuition is $6,063.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,276
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

Fort Hays State University offers online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in education with licensure components. Students can major in Business Education, Early Childhood, or Elementary, with an optional minor in Special Education, and become certified upon program completion. The university requires undergraduate students to complete between 125 and 136 credits, depending on the education degree program. Career switchers already holding bachelor’s degrees in other subjects can earn teacher certification by enrolling in Fort Hays State University’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Education program. Previously certified teachers can pursue career advancement by earning M.S. in Education degrees with concentrations in ESOL, Library Media, Reading, JROTC Instructor and Higher Education, or Student Affairs. Educators ready to assume executive positions in schools can enroll in the online M.S. in Educational Administration program, which qualifies graduates to take principal certification exams in their home states. Annual tuition is $6,276.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,333
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

Dakota State University offers an online master's degree aimed at educators seeking career advancement. With an annual tuition of $6,333 per year, DSU offers previously certified educators the chance to advance their knowledge by completing the online Master of Science (M.S.) in Education Technology. This degree prepares them for roles such as curriculum development, instructional programming, and web authoring.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,548
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

Southern Arkansas University (SAU) offers both licensure and non-licensure master’s degree programs in online format for an annual tuition of $6,548. Students seeking teacher certification can enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Previously licensed teachers can build their knowledge by earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Administration and Supervision. The university also offers an M.Ed. program that leads to a Gifted and Talented add-on certification. SAU also offers online graduate-level certificates in Principal Licensure, Superintendent Licensure, and Curriculum/Program Administrator Licensure.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

At Columbia College, college graduates interested in pursuing careers in teaching can become licensed by earning an online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in one of a wide range of specialties including biology, Mathematics, and Language Arts. The university also offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification track. M.Ed. students will take courses in research design, decision making, school law, and teacher evaluation methods. Columbia College’s online graduate degree program requires 36 credits for completion and costs an annual tuition of $6,750.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,815
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CEA

West Texas A & M University offers an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) with concentrations in Instructional Design and Technology or Curriculum and Instruction with a certified Reading Specialist option. The Instructional Design and Technology program follows a portfolio approach, guiding students as they create a body of work samples to show to prospective employers. The Curriculum and Instruction concentration includes courses such as Multicultural Education, Service Learning, and Human Development. Students pursuing the Reading Specialist option of the concentration complete the coursework online but perform testing in their home states. Annual tuition is $6,815.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,885
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

Licensed teachers can pursue one of Chadron State College’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in either Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Administration. Students pursuing the M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction can choose from a range of concentration areas including Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading Specialist, and Educational Technology, and more. M.Ed. Educational Administration students also have a range of focus areas to choose from, including Special Education Curriculum Supervisor, Curriculum/Assessment Supervisor, and a range of subject area specializations. All of Chadron State College’s online graduate degree programs require 36-credits for completion, and the annual tuition is $6,885.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,155
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

Georgia Southern University (GSU) offers an online Master of Education (M.Ed) degree with a range of concentration options including Early Childhood Education, Instructional Technology, Educational Leadership, and more. The college also offers a Master of Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Special Education, which allows students to earn Georgia teacher certification and use the license in their home states through reciprocity. Licensed educators seeking continuing education options can pursue one of GSU’s several online certificate programs in fields as diverse as Special Education, Instructional Technology, ESOL, and Online Teaching and Learning. GSU’s annual tuition is $7,155.

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  • Annual Tuition:
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and NCATE

Certified teachers and prospective educators can boost their careers with Fitchburg State University’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education degree programs. Degree concentrations cover a wide range of reading and disability specialty areas. Non-licensure graduates have the option to choose an individualized concentration area under an advisor’s guidance. Fitchburg State University sets annual tuition for online degree programs at .

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NCATE

South Dakota State University has four online master’s degree programs tailored to licensed educators looking to continue their education. The university’s online Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Chemistry – Chemical Education and Agricultural Education engage students with coursework to enhance teaching skills in the applicable subject areas. Students pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program can choose one of two concentrations including Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Administration. Curriculum and Instruction students can pursue a 35-credit, coursework-only track or a 32-credit track that requires fewer courses and a research project for completion. Annual tuition is $7,331.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

Kennesaw State University (KSU) has a wide variety of online graduate-level degree programs tailored to educators looking to enhance their career potential and teaching skills. Those pursuing Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees can choose between concentration areas such as Early Childhood Education, Education Leadership, Instructional Technology, Special Education, T.E.S.O.L., and more. The university also offers two Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degrees as well as online post-master’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and graduate certificate programs with focus areas such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Leadership, and more. Annual tuition at KSU is $7,344.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,620
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

Students can choose from a wide variety of online degree options at Northwestern State University of Louisiana for an annual tuition of $7,620 per year. For college graduates interested in becoming certified teachers, the university offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification courses of study and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) option. M.A.T students can choose between various specialization areas including Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, or Special Education. Previously certified teachers can expand their knowledge by earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and selecting a focus areas such as Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology Leadership, Educational Leadership, or Special Education.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NCATE

Clarion University (CU) offers an online Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education, designed for entry-level professionals interested in working with pre-K students in public and private schools. Licensed teachers can enroll in one of the university’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs with concentrations in various areas including Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, and more. CU’s education department also offers a single online graduate-level, career-advancement certificate for teachers interested in leadership positions at early childhood education institutions. Annual tuition at Clarion University is $7,624.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Brigham Young University-Idaho offers an online Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health - Health Education and Promotion. Offered by the school’s Public Health Department, the program curriculum covers aspects of nutrition, environmental health, community health, sociology, and more, and prepares students for careers spent educating the public in health-related issues. Degree completion requires a total of 120 credits and will leave students prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Annual tuition is $7,660.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,235
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

American Public University System offers online degrees for educators at all stages of their careers. Students entering the field can earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, qualifying them to work in childcare and education settings. Licensed teachers can advance their careers by earning Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in Education Leadership, Secondary Social Studies, or Elementary Education. American Public University System also offers an online undergraduate certificate program with a focus in Infant and Toddler Care. Tuition is $8,235 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,442
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

The University of South Alabama offers a variety of certificates and online master’s degrees for students holding an undergraduate degree or licensed teachers looking to advance their careers. Enrollees in master’s programs will choose one of a range of specializations, including various grade levels, Special Education, Education Administration, Instructional Design and Development, and more. Teachers seeking to assume leadership roles at educational institutions can enroll in the school’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) – Teacher Leader program, upon completion of which they will qualify for Professional Educator Certification. Annual tuition at University of South Alabama is $8,442.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,645
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

Troy University offers a large selection of graduate certificates and master’s degrees specializing in various areas of adult education. Practicing teachers can earn online Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees in areas such as Elementary, English Language Arts, Gifted Education, and Music Education. Licensed teachers looking to advance their careers by moving into leadership positions may consider enrolling in the post-master’s (Ed.S) Instructional Leadership and Administration degree. TU charges $8,645 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,827
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC, CEA, and NCATE

Mid-career professionals interested in becoming teachers can enroll in the University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Occupational Education program. The program blends academic coursework and hands-on teaching opportunities to introduce students to the field. Prospective teachers can pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in one of several specializations to become certified. Post-master’s degree students can pursue the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, which is the highest education degree offered by the university. Annual tuition for these online programs is offered at a rate of $8,827.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, CEA, and NCATE

Utah State University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Career and Technical Education for licensed CTE teachers. The program’s focus is to help teacher improve their teaching styles and better engage students. USU’s M.Ed. in CTE program engages students with courses such as Classroom Management, Foundation of Adult Education, and Safety and Risk Management. The university has two 30-credit professional education licensure with concentrations in Administrative Supervision and Alternative Teacher preparation. Some courses in the Professional Education Licensure program require software-assisted real-time components. Licensed science teachers and those specializing in online education can earn add-on endorsements in Chemistry and E-learning. Utah State University’s tuition is affordably priced at $8,970.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NCATE

The University of Southern Mississippi ranks number #25 in our list of most affordable online education degrees with an average annual tuition of $9,331. Prospective education students will find a variety of degrees offered by USM, at the bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. Fully online bachelor's programs include a BS in Elementary Education and a BS in Special Education. USM offers several master's programs in education, including specialization in special education. This program requires 33 credit hours, preparing students for licensure in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Emotional/Behavior Disorders, Severe Disabilities, and Gifted Education.

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