2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Secondary Education Degrees

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Those seeking an affordable secondary education degree will find options with these 25 online schools. The top school on this list, American College of Education, offers both a master’s and a certificate at a low tuition rate of $3,995 per year. The most affordable bachelor’s program is offered by Hobe Sound Bible College, coming in at #9 with an annual tuition rate of $5,760. All tuition rates on this list are under $10,000, four of which are less than $5,000.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Secondary Education Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,995 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $4,320 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 Morningside College Annual Tuition $4,500 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $4,860 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,250 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $5,455 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,617 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Hobe Sound Bible College Annual Tuition $5,760 Secondary Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Secondary Education Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#11 #11 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,850 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $6,606 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#13 #13 Bluefield College Annual Tuition $6,900 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $6,930 Secondary Education Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $7,189 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,245 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#17 #17 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,395 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 University of Nebraska at Kearney Annual Tuition $7,920 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#19 #19 Black Hills State University Annual Tuition $7,996 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,050 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#21 #21 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,750 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 Ball State University Annual Tuition $8,850 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#23 #23 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $9,000 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#24 #24 University of Arkansas at Monticello Annual Tuition $9,075 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
#25 #25 Western New England University Annual Tuition $9,690 Secondary Education Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,995
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Development and the Learning Process; Community Engagement, Outreach, and Collaboration; Creating Safe and Supportive Classrooms; Secondary Student Teaching Seminar; The Digital Learner
  • Annual Tuition: $4,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Exceptional Individual in the Regular Classroom; Middle Grades Learners; Middle Grades Life Sciences; Middle Grades Mathematics II; Middle Grades Physical Sciences; STEM Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    5-12 Mild/Moderate Methods & Practicum; Collaborative Partnerships and Transition; Diagnostic Teaching of Math & Practicum; Educational Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment & Evaluation; Assessment Literacy Development; Classroom Discipline & Motivation; Contemporary Instruction: Theory & Practice; Content Area Literacy; Middle School Curriculum & Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $5,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Historical/Philosophical Foundations of Education; Integration of Content Curriculum; Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum; Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools; Teacher As Researcher; Trends in Children’s Literature
  • Annual Tuition: $5,455
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction for Students with Disabilities; Classroom Behavior Management for Special Student Populations; Educational Psychology; Introduction to Educational Technology; Teaching Reading in the Content Areas; The Modern Secondary School
  • Annual Tuition: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Construction; Internet in Education; Multimedia in Education; Planning for Tech in the School District; Teaching Multicultural Society; Variable Topics in Middle and Secondary Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,617
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Survey of Exceptional Children; Classroom Management and Organization; Dimensions of Learning/Internship; Methods of Instruction in Secondary Schools; Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum; Technology in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Materials & Methods; Teaching Bible; Teaching in Secondary School

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Biology: Content Knowledge; Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation; Educational Assessment; Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners; Fundamentals of Educational Psychology; Science Teaching and Learning
  • 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 Disabilitie; Curriculum Development; Research Design & Data Analysis; School Law
  • Annual Tuition: $6,606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Literature; Advanced Reading Specialist Practicum; Assessment & Instruction of At-Risk Readers; Classics & Modern Literature for Children; Improving English Instruction; Practicum in Literacy Coaching
  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in Education; Advanced Educational Psychology; Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth; Education and Society; Teaching Strategies for Student Learning; Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Example Classes:
    Materials and Methods for Teaching English; Measurement and Evaluation; Philosophy of the Christian School Movement; Psychology of Teaching and Learning; Teaching Diverse Populations; Teaching Reading at the Secondary Level
  • Annual Tuition: $7,189
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Instructional Strategies; Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society; Effective Teaching and Student Learning; Mentoring Educators for Professional Growth; Process of Reflection and Inquiry; Social Justice in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linguistics for Teachers of ELLs; Cross-cultural Studies for Teachers of ELLs; Educational Research and Evaluation; Foundations of Teaching ESOL; Language Assessment and Evaluation of ELL Students; Microcomputing Systems in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Classroom Management; Advanced Standards-Aligned Instruction 7-12; Constructivist Instructional Strategies; Instructional Design and Assessment; Online Technologies in Education; Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms in 7-12
  • Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Descriptive Linguistics; Design and Development of Instruction; Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources; Multiple Intelligences: Theories Into Practice; Reading Problems in Secondary Schools; Technology Tools for Teachers
  • Annual Tuition: $7,996
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics and Exceptionalities of Adolescents; Human Relations; Middle Level Methods of Teaching; New and Emerging Technologies for Schools; Plan, Manage and Assess the Diverse 7-12 Classroom; South Dakota Indian Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $8,050
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of Online Learning; Classroom Management; Diversity and Communication in Education; Philosophy of Education; Secondary Teaching Strategies
  • Annual Tuition: $8,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management Strategies for Secondary Classrooms; Secondary School Teaching Methods; Student Teaching in the Middle School; Student Teaching in the Secondary School
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management; Dynamics of the Secondary Classroom; Instructional Strategies for Middle School and Junior High Classrooms; Junior High and Middle School Curriculum; Secondary School Curriculum; Sociology of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Adolescent Psychology; Assessment Principles and Practice for All Learners; Individualizing Instruction in Secondary Schools; Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Schools; Secondary School Curriculum; Utilization of Instructional Technologies
  • Annual Tuition: $9,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and COE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Teaching and Assessment; Classroom Management; Foundations of Teaching Reading; Instructional Technology; Psychological Foundations; Teaching Disciplinary Literacy
  • Annual Tuition: $9,690
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Literacy and Young Adult Literature; Ethics in Educational Practice; Infusing Content Areas with Art – Secondary; Multicultural Education; Principles of Differentiating Instruction; Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
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