2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Educational Leadership Degrees

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With annual tuition rates under $7,000, these 25 online schools are highly affordable options for students seeking degrees in educational leadership. The #1 school, American College of Education, offers 15 different online master's and doctoral degree options at a low tuition rate of $3,995. The most affordable online bachelor’s degree is offered by The Baptist College of Florida at a tuition rate of $6,300 per year. The average tuition rate of these schools is $5,749 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Educational Leadership Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,995 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#2 #2 Howard Payne University Annual Tuition $4,125 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $4,860 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,908 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Taft University System Annual Tuition $5,040 Educational Leadership Degrees: Doctoral
#6 #6 Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $5,184 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#7 #7 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $5,250 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 New Mexico State University Annual Tuition $5,547 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#9 #9 University of Sioux Falls Annual Tuition $5,610 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Aspen University Annual Tuition $5,850 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,850 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Piedmont International University Annual Tuition $5,850 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Concordia University-Saint Paul Annual Tuition $5,925 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Georgetown College Annual Tuition $5,925 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $6,126 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,298 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $6,300 Educational Leadership Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,316 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#21 #21 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,400 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $6,435 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#23 #23 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $6,560 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#24 #24 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $6,570 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
#25 #25 Alcorn State University Annual Tuition $6,720 Educational Leadership Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    Budget and Fiscal Management; Curriculum Alignment and Management Procedures; Data Driven Decision Making Processes; Learning Communities and Professional Development; School Law and Ethics; Student Success through Communication and Collaboration
  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment & Evaluation; Advanced Curriculum Development and Assessment; Classroom Discipline and Motivation; Contemporary Instruction: Theory into Practice; Content Area Literacy; Differentiation in K-12 Learning Environments
  • Annual Tuition: $4,908
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity; Educational Finance; School and Community Relations; School Law; Special Education for School Leaders; Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel
  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Emerging Educational Technologies; Online Learning Instructional Design and Methods; Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education; Technology Management in Education; The Laws and Ethics of Educational Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $5,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Administration And Supervision of Sped; Communication and Collaboration; Curriculum Development & Implementation; Managerial and Financial Functions; Personnel Functions of School Leaders; Supervision of Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $5,547
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Concepts of Leadership in Education; Doctoral Seminar: Organizational Theory; Evaluation Design in Education; Higher Education Finance and Funding; Higher Education Law; Special Problems: Scholarly Writing & the Southwest Border
  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Management; Foundations of Postsecondary Education; Internship in Adult and Higher Education; Managing Organizational Dynamics; Quality Assurance in Higher Education; Sociology of Adult Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership for Principals; Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management for Educational Leaders; Performance Excellence Criteria for Educational Leaders; Process Management for Educational Leaders; Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus for Educational Leaders; Workforce Focus for Educational Leaders

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Accountability and Accreditation; Building Successful Organizations that Endure; Creating Strategic Change That Lasts; Human Potential and Motivation; Student Affairs and Development in Higher Education; Techniques and Interpretation for Statistical Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Development; Educational Philosophy; Personnel Administration; School Administration and Leadership; School Law; Supervision of Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Academic Measurements and Assessments; Applied Educational Psychology; Exceptional Learner; Research: Writing and Communication; Technology that Enhances Education; Trends and Issues in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Learning Theories and Foundations; Data Analysis and Use for Leaders; Introduction to Doctorate Level Education; Leadership Exemplars; Leading Change in Today's Organizations; Relevant Educational Leadership/Educational Reform

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Applications of Technology for Teacher Leaders; Curriculum and Assessment for Teacher Leaders; Developing Teacher Leadership through Research/Implementation of Capstone Research Project; Foundations: Becoming a Teacher Leader; Teaching in a Diverse Society: Deepening the Skills for Teacher Leaders
  • Annual Tuition: $6,126
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics of Effective Leadership; Current Education Trends & Issues; Education in a Pluralistic Society; Educational Leadership in the Public Domain; History & Philosophy of Education; School Finance & Budgeting
  • Annual Tuition: $6,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    District Level Leadership Roles and Functions; Dynamic Leadership for Curriculum and Assessment; Leadership for Continuous Improvement; Research for Educational Practitioners; Supervision Roles in Instruction; The Role of the Principal
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning; Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations; Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation; Supervision of Instruction; Technology Leadership in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Example Classes:
    Bible Study Ministries of the Church; Biblical Hermeneutics; Christian History; Church Staff Relations; Marriage and Family; Problems in Philosophy
  • Annual Tuition: $6,316
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Leadership Inquiry I: Change, Diversity and Ethics; Leadership Theory and Practice Application: Leaders and Data; Organizational Analysis for Educational Leadership; Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership; Qualitative Tools for Applied Research in Educational Leadership; Team Building and Group Dynamics
  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Instructional Practices for Teacher Leaders; Advanced Technology Practices for Teacher Leaders; Assessment and Accountability Practices for Teacher Leaders; Culturally Responsive Practices for Teacher Leaders; Curriculum Design and Practices for Teacher Leaders; Teacher Leaders as Transformers of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,435
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Contextual Dimensions of Instructional Leadership; Curricular and Instructional Supervision; Instructional Leadership Internship and Residency; Leading and Managing Learning Organizations; Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Instructional Leadership; School Business Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation; Diversity in Educational Settings; Educational Research and Evaluation; Leadership in the Instructional Setting; Political and Legal Aspects of Education; The Principalship
  • Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Adults as Learners; Assessment, Learning, and Action Research; Building Professional and Community Relations; Ethical Leadership; Personal Leadership Skills and Team Building; Student-Centered Differentiated Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Delivery of Instruction in Industrial & Vocational Education; History & Philosophy of Industrial Education; Industrial Management & Organization Behavior; Instructional Design for Industry; Managing Multimedia Learning Environments; Philosophy and Admin of Vocational Education
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