2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Elementary Education Degrees

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Students seeking an affordable online degree in elementary education will find 25 options on this list. Annual tuitions range from $3,995 to $7,994, and degrees are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels. The top school, American College of Education, offers two master’s degrees and a certificate program. The most affordable bachelor’s degree on this list is offered by Williston State College, ranked third with a tuition rate of $4,409. Students at Williston can focus their studies on early elementary education or a more general elementary education curriculum.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Elementary Education Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,995 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,275 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 Williston State College Annual Tuition $4,409 Elementary Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $4,860 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Drury University Annual Tuition $5,382 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#6 #6 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,505 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $5,604 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,850 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,904 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,924 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $5,925 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#12 #12 Hobe Sound Bible College Annual Tuition $6,035 Elementary Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Auburn University at Montgomery Annual Tuition $6,525 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#14 #14 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,561 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,631 Elementary Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $6,705 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,739 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $6,930 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,245 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#20 #20 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $7,293 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#21 #21 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,395 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $7,500 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $7,516 Elementary Education Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#24 #24 Auburn University Annual Tuition $7,560 Elementary Education Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#25 #25 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $7,994 Elementary Education Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,995
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Strategies for Improving Learner Outcomes; Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity; Foundations of Education; Standards-Driven Learning; The Digital Educator; The Digital Learner
  • Annual Tuition: $4,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Theory and Practice in Student Assessment and Evaluation; Contemporary Issues in Elementary Curriculum; Differentiated Instruction for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School; Educational Research Methodology; Problems in Education; Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $4,409
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Child & Adolescent Psychology; Educational Technology; Language Arts in Elementary School; Pre-Professional Field Experience; Special Needs/Inclusive Environment; Strategies in Elementary School
  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Foundations of Childhood Education; Childhood Curriculum & Assessment; Childhood Research & Development; Exemplary Instructional Practices; Leadership & Analysis of Teaching Children; MSE Internship for Childhood Educators
  • Annual Tuition: $5,382
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Academic Writing and Digital Literacy; History, Security & Ethics of Technology; Improvement of K-12 Mathematics Instruction; Introduction to Educational Research; Leadership Techniques; Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms
  • Annual Tuition: $5,505
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Elementary School Curriculum; Evaluation of Classroom Learning; Guiding Pupil Learning; Introduction to Educational Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities; Inquiry into Science Assessment in the Elementary Classroom; Language Arts for Diverse Learners; Phonics for Decoding and Spelling; Recent Trends and Research in Elementary Education; Social Studies Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods of Performance Assessment; Characteristics of Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities; Curriculum Development; Educational Philosophy; Research Design & Data Analysis; School Law
  • Annual Tuition: $5,904
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Human Development; Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area; Educational Evaluation; Elementary Mathematics Methods and Supervised Field Practicum K-6; Geometry for Mathematics Educators; Qualitative Research in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,924
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Intervention and Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Inquiry & Research Model Used to Improve Reading; Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education; Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children; The Parent and the Exceptional Child; Understanding and Applying the Multi-dimensional Processes of Reading
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Children's Literature; Content Area Literacy; Creative Media Experiences for Children; Foundations of Reading Instruction; Sexuality Education; Storytelling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,035
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Audio Visuals; Children’s Literature; Special Education; Supervised Student Teaching; Teaching Bible; Teaching Language Arts

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Study of Teaching Basic Math & Reading Skills to Students with Exceptionalities; Current Issues & Trends in Elementary Language Arts/Math/Social Studies/Science; Foundations in Educational Research in Elementary Language Arts/Math/Social Studies/Science; Measurement & Evaluation in Teaching; Qualitative Research in Elementary Language Arts/Math/Social Studies/Science; Quantitative Research in Elementary Language Arts/Math/Social Studies/Science
  • Annual Tuition: $6,561
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Foundations of Reading Instruction; Introduction to Educational Research; Practicum in Schools; Science in the Elementary School; Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • Annual Tuition: $6,631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Diverse Learners; Educating Exceptional Students; Elementary School Music; Elementary School Science Methods; Instructional Technology for Elementary Teachers; Literacy Assessment & Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $6,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Exceptionality, Diversity, and Difference; Field Design and Implementation; Literacy as Communication in Elementary; Supervision and Assessment of Teachers & Learners; Teaching with 21st Century Tools
  • Annual Tuition: $6,739
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Education in the Intermediate Grades; Effective Instruction in the Elementary School; Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education; Historical Foundations of Educational Thought & Curriculum Methodology; Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School; Practicum in Elementary Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary School; Science Research and Teaching Ethics; Science/Technology: Society Perspectives; Social Studies Curriculum Development, K-12; Technology Integration through Capstone Experience; Twenty-First Century Teaching and Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Instructional Planning in the Elementary School; Language Development in Elementary School; Microcomputing Systems; Nature and Needs of Exceptional Child and Youth; Trends and Practices in Teaching Reading; Trends in Teaching Mathematics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Crucial Issues in Education; Elements of Qualitative Educational Research; Historical, Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Literacy; Literacy Assessment Analysis and Instructional Decision Making; Social Foundations of Education; Teacher Leadership and School Change for Instructional Coaches
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum for Teacher Leaders; Discipline and Classroom Management; Exceptional Learners in the Regular Classroom; Foundations of Multicultural Education; Leading Achievement Change; Literacy Programs: P-5
  • Annual Tuition: $7,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Literature; Creative Arts in the Elementary Classroom; Human Relations and Cultural Diversity; Pre-Professional Field Experience and Skills Development; Special Needs in an Inclusive Environment; Teaching English Language Learners

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Finance and Resource Management; Educational Systems and Communities; Instructional and Curricular Leadership; Leadership and the Learning Organization; Planning and Continuous Improvement; Supervision and Personnel Issues in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,994
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of Student Learning in Elementary Education; Dynamics of Schooling in Elementary Education; Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Elementary Education; School and Family Partnerships in Elementary Education; Teaching as Reflective Practice in Elementary Education; The Role of Teacher Leadership in Elementary Education
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