2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Teaching Degrees

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All 25 of our most affordable online colleges offering teaching programs have tuition amounts of less than $10,000. While most programs in this list are at the master’s degree level, there are also affordable degree options for aspiring teachers at the bachelor’s, doctorate, and certificate levels. For example, Western Governors University, our #1 ranked school with annual tuition at only $5,780, has degree offerings at the bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate levels. Program concentrations include English, mathematics, science, and social science.

Qualifying schools in this list must have a fully online teaching program at the bachelor’s degree level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Teaching Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Teaching Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#2 #2 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,020 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#3 #3 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,201 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,406 Teaching Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#5 #5 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,475 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Utah State University Annual Tuition $6,477 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 Columbia College Annual Tuition $6,750 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,842 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $7,227 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $7,579 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#11 #11 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,679 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#12 #12 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,755 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#13 #13 Northern State University Annual Tuition $7,762 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 Delta State University Annual Tuition $8,380 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $8,382 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,383 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 University of Nebraska at Kearney Annual Tuition $8,424 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 Northern Michigan University Annual Tuition $8,690 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $8,827 Teaching Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#20 #20 Troy University Annual Tuition $8,892 Teaching Degrees: Master's
#21 #21 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $9,347 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#22 #22 Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $9,400 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#23 #23 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $9,437 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#24 #24 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $9,645 Teaching Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Western Governors University has an online teaching program that includes one undergraduate degree program, two post-baccalaureate certificate degree programs, and 12 master's degrees. Students can specialize in fields such as interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, science, and special education in order to achieve a bachelor's. Master's students can focus on general programs like elementary education, English, and social sciences. They can also pursue more specialized degrees such as educational leadership or geoscience education. Western Governors University offers an affordable online degree option at $5,780 per year. Most new students complete the program in about five years, though transfer credits can allow undergraduates to receive their degree in as few as two. Master's degree programs are typically two-year ventures.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Arkansas State University offers online master's degrees in Special Education and Educational Theory and Practice. The university has certificate programs in these areas as well. A typical year of study in Arkansas State's teaching program is an affordable $6,020. Students can complete a master's degree in as few as 18 months. This includes 30 hours of coursework that can be taken full- or part-time. Some students may be eligible for financial aid in order to offset the cost of earning a master's degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,201
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Education students at Southeast Missouri State University can pursue either a master's degree or a certificate through the school's online campus. Students can seek a Master of Arts in Elementary Education that emphasizes reading, math, science, and early childhood education. They can alternatively pursue degrees in Exceptional Child Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages, or Elementary Education. Classes are taken fully online. Most courses require 33 credit hours of coursework, which can be completed in one to two years. The cost of tuition for most master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State is $6,201. Some students may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,406
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Fort Hays State University has online graduate and undergraduate programs for those who wish to pursue teaching careers. Students seeking bachelor's degrees can choose from Elementary Education or Business Education. Graduate students may seek a master's in Education with a concentration in transitioning to teaching. Tuition for a bachelor's degree averages. Tuition for a bachelor's degree averages $6,406 per year. Students must complete 127 credit hours including 55 hours of general coursework and 12 hours of student teaching. Most bachelor's degrees in education are earned in about four or five years. Master's degrees involve between 33 and 36 hours of coursework. Students attending full-time can complete a master's degree in one to two years.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,475
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

American Public University System offers an online Master of Education degree to students who already possess a bachelor's. The master's degree program is approximately $6,475 per year for a two year course of study. Students can expect to take courses such as Critical Perspective on Diversity and Culture and Classroom Management for the 21st Century as part of their core requirements. They can then choose to pursue a concentration in either Elementary Education or Secondary Social Studies. A master's degree is achieved once the student completes a three-hour capstone course.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,477
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and TEAC

Utah State University offers an online master's degree in Career and Technical Education through the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education. The 33-credit graduate degree program includes 18 foundation core credits and 15 electives. Students can choose an emphasis in Educational Leadership, Non-formal and Adult Education, or STEM. In order to gain admittance, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, three letters of recommendation, and a score at the 40th percentile or higher on the GMAT or GRE. The degree, on average, costs $6,477 per year, making it an affordable option. It generally takes about two years or five semesters to complete.

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

Columbia College of Missouri offers eight-week online courses that allow students to earn a Master's in Teaching on a fast track. All students must take three required core education courses worth nine semester hours. They will then take 18 hours of support courses in curriculum and instruction, psychological and philosophical foundations, and measurement and evaluation. Online students may then take nine hours of electives. The average cost of a Master's in Teaching degree at Columbia College is an affordable $6,750 per year. Most students complete this degree in two years or less. Some students may be eligible for financial aid and/or scholarship awards to offset the cost of tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,842
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The Office of Extended Learning at the University of North Dakota offers online graduate degrees in three educational fields. Students can choose between a Master of Education in English Language Learner Education, a certificate or master's in Instructional Design, and a Nurse Educator certificate. These programs require between 12 and 36 credit hours for completion. Most students can finish their programs in one to two years. Studying at the University of North Dakota is affordable at an average cost of $6,842 per year. The school does offer scholarships to eligible online students through the Ben & Ruth Gustafson Continuing Education Endowment.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,227
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Students can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree through the Southern Arkansas University online campus. This program requires 30 credit hours and is designed for those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in teaching. Coursework typically takes two years to complete, and requires the student to choose a licensure track before starting the program. Licensure track options include middle, secondary, or K-12. Students are also required to complete 24 hours of graduate coursework and a six-hour internship. The cost of tuition averages about $7,227 per year.

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

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in special education can find many online degree options at Fitchburg State University. The school offers six online master's degrees that are focused on special education. Concentrations include Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Reading Specialist, and Guided Studies. The cost of earning a master's degree from Fitchburg State University is about per year. Most students complete their studies in two to three years.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The University of West Alabama offers a number of online master's degrees. The school offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with the option to receive certification, a Master of Education with two concentration options, and several Education Specialist programs. Students can expect to pay, on average, $7,579 per year for their studies. Undergraduate students with no transfer credits may attend classes for four to five years. Master's students can expect to spend about two years earning their degrees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,679
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has a number of online options for those who wish to expand their teaching careers. The school offers seven master's degrees in the Master of Arts in Teaching discipline as well as one Master of Education degree. Learning through Northwestern State University of Louisiana is an affordable option at an average of $7,679 per year. Most master's degree programs take about two to three years to complete. Students who prefer to pursue an online certificate program through this school can choose the Practitioner Teacher Program or certificates for Educational Diagnostician, English as a Second Language, or Academically Gifted Education. These programs can typically be completed in one year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,755
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online students at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania can earn a Master of Education in either Middle and Secondary Instruction, Reading, or Special Education. The cost for the tuition of these graduate degrees is an easily affordable $7,755 per year. Most degrees can be completed within two years. Some require fieldwork in a school setting and/or internships. Edinboro University also offers a Certificate in Reading Specialist for post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,762
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Northern State University offers an online Master of Education in Teaching and Learning. This degree includes 35 credit hours of study comprised of 27 required credits, six electives or theses, and two internship credits. Students often receive their master's degree in less than two years. Tuition for this program averages $7,762 per year. Northern State University also offers a Master of Music Education degree. This 32-credit program includes classes such as Music Theory Analysis for the Educator, American Music Survey, and Curriculum Writing. Students may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships to offset the cost of tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Students desiring a career in education have four options for online master's degrees at Delta State University. Through the College of Education and Human Sciences, the college awards a Master of Education with an emphasis in either Education Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, Counselor Education, or Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Delta State also has a Master of Education in Special Education, which is a 33-credit program that focuses on the needs of students with mild disabilities. Students can also choose a Master of Arts in Teaching. This is a fast-track program that can be completed in only 13 months. The cost of tuition at Delta State University is approximately $8,380 a year, making it an affordable option.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,382
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

California University of Pennsylvania offers a Master of Education in several distinct disciplines. Students can choose between Advanced Studies in Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, STEM, and Technology Education. Most programs require 33 credit hours to complete, whether or not the student chooses to pursue certification. With average annual tuition at $8,382, California University of Pennsylvania is an affordable option. Classes begin online each fall.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

There are a number of online options available for students seeking master's degrees at Eastern New Mexico University. The school boasts online master's degrees in a variety of disciplines. Students can choose from Secondary Education or Special Education with a several of concentrations. Each degree program requires students to take core courses, emphasis courses, and electives. Students must then complete either a thesis or a graduate project before receiving their degree. The average price of tuition is $8,383 per year, with most programs taking two to three years to complete.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has an eCampus that provides online master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide variety of educational disciplines. Students can study curriculum and instruction, physical education, Spanish education, or special education. Each of these disciplines have their own requirements. Most students need to have a bachelor's degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They will also need to supply letters of recommendation and statement of purpose. Most master's degree programs are 36 hours, which take about two years to complete. The average cost of tuition at University of Nebraska's eCampus is an affordable $8,424 a year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,690
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and TEAC

Students seeking to further their careers in education can earn one of five online master's degrees at Northern Michigan University. Graduate students can choose from an emphasis in Learning Disabilities, Reading for K-8, Reading Specialist for K-12, Instruction, and Administration. Master's degrees at NMU are typically completed within two to three years. The cost for studying is about $8,690 per year. Online students at NMU are eligible to be added to the Dean's List, receive graduation honors, and may qualify for academic scholarships.

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

The University of Central Missouri is a traditional, nonprofit university that offers online bachelor's and master's degrees for education majors. The university's Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education is a program intended for those who are in professional careers but are planning to make the switch to teaching. Students can also earn a Master of Arts in Teaching with middle school or secondary concentrations, or a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education Leadership with a concentration in teaching leadership. Students can also pursue a certificate in educational technology or learning resources. Cost for one year of tuition through University of Central Missouri is an average of $8,827.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Troy University offers an online master's degree program in education as well as an education specialist option. The master’s program is intended for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-education-related field, or for those who are seeking initial teaching certification. The cost of attending Troy University is $8,892 per year with most programs reaching completion after two years. The presence of eTroy Scholarships may help some eligible students to offset the cost of tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,347
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Kennesaw State University offers a wide range of affordable online degrees to those hoping to pursue a career in education. Through KSU's Bagwell College of Education, students can choose from a master’s program in early childhood education with an online teaching endorsement, or from four certificate options. The master's program can typically be completed in about two years at a tuition rate of $9,347 per year. Prospective students should contact the university to find out if the certificate and endorsement programs are eligible for their state.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Students can further their education degrees online at Colorado State University - Global. The school offers a master's degree in Teaching Education and Learning. Along with core requirements in the graduate program, students can choose from three specializations: Math Teaching Licensure, Education Leadership, and Science Teaching Licensure. Students can also choose from four certificate options. Annual tuition averages $9,400 for online programs. The school offers a tuition guarantee program that allows students to lock in the price of their tuition as long as they stay continuously enrolled.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,437
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET

Eastern Kentucky University offers five online master's teaching degrees and one certificate program. Students can choose from disciplines including Middle Grades Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education among others. Most graduate programs at EKU take 30 credit hours to complete. These can often be completed within two years. The typical cost of a degree through EKU-Online is an affordable $9,437 per year. Some students may be eligible for federal financial aid and EKU scholarships to assist with the cost of their education.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,645
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC, WASC WSCUC, and TEAC

Online degrees at Northcentral University cost on average $9,645 per year. NCU’s Master of Education program has weekly course starts, allowing students to start this program at many points throughout the year. This program also does not have any entrance exam requirements. NCU is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and provides students with one-on-one mentoring from professors with doctorate degrees. Graduate students can also pursue a Doctor of Education, a Doctor of Philosophy, or an Education Specialist degree in E-learning.

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