2019 Most Affordable Child Development Degrees Online

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These 25 schools provide quality, low-cost online bachelor's degrees in child development. The top 21 all cost under $15,000 annually, making them affordable options for many students. Fort Hays State University is ranked #2, charging only $6,560 per year for its Bachelor of General Studies - Child Development. Central Methodist University is ranked #3, with a tuition rate of $7,500 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online master's in child development programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 West Virginia University at Parkersburg $5,064
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University $6,560
#3 #3 Central Methodist University $7,500
#4 #4 University of Southern Mississippi $8,218
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Northwestern State University of Louisiana $9,600
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
#7 #7 University of West Alabama $10,075
#8 #8 SUNY Empire State College $10,633
#9 #9 Granite State College $10,650
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Liberty University $11,700
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Rasmussen College Online $11,700
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) University of Massachusetts - Amherst $11,700
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) Bay Path University $12,000
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) Touro University Worldwide $12,000
#15 #15 Jacksonville State University $12,064
#16 #16 New England College $12,150
#17 #17 Rochester College $12,240
#18 #18 Wayland Baptist University $12,245
#19 #19 Eastern Kentucky University $12,270
#20 #20 Concordia University - Saint Paul $12,600
#21 #21 Ashford University $14,250
#22 #22 University of Wyoming $16,110
#23 #23 Southwestern Assemblies of God University $17,250
#24 #24 Western Michigan University $18,188
#25 #25 Pacific Oaks College $24,960
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,064
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Family & The Child; Guiding Young Children; Healthy Environments; Infant & Toddler Development; Observation and Assessment Strategies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Literature; Diverse Learners; Educating Exceptional Students; The Effective Classroom; The Young Child
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of EC Programs; Children’s Literature; Early Childhood Experience; Motor Learning and Motor Development; Psychology of the Exceptional Child; Reading/Writing w/ Young Children
  • Annual Tuition: $8,218
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescence and the Family System; Advanced Child Development; Behavior and Guidance of the Young Child; Child and Family Life Education; Children, Families, and Technology; Contemporary Issues Affecting the Quality of Life; Critical Issues in Child Development; Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood; Intimate Relationship Development; Parenting Across the Lifespan
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Nutrition; Consumer Problems; Dynamics of Children and Families in the Community; Family Development; Professionalism in Child and Family Studies; The Child's Environment
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Biopsychology; Child and Developmental Psychology Seminar; Cognitive Neuropsychology; Developmental Psychology; Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence; Educational Psychology; Intervention Strategies; Lifespan Development; Social Development: Child and Adolescent; Theories of Personality
  • Annual Tuition: $10,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Behavior Management in the Classroom; Educational Planning; Family Life and Parent Education; Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood; Life-Span Development and Learning; Literature for Young Children; Teaching Reading; Techniques of Educational Research; Technology and Education
  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescence and Identity; Attachment in Early Childhood; Brain and Behavior; Human Biology; Juvenile Delinquency; Moral Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Child Abuse and Neglect; Dynamics of Family Relationships; Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services; Stress and the Family; Young Children and Exceptionalities
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Psychology of Adolescents; Psychology of Adulthood; Psychology of Childhood; Psychology of Personality
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Principles and Perspectives of Child Development; Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, and Nutrition; Early Childhood Education Advocacy, Research and Policy; Early Childhood Education: Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years; Positive Behavior Guidance for Young Children; Supporting Exceptional Children and Families
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Autism Spectrum Disorder; Observing and Assessing Young Children; Psychological & Academic Benefits of Sports and Physical Activity for Youth; Public Health and Childhood Obesity; Recognizing Family Values & Initiating Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Childhood Psychopathology; Early Interventions with Infants & Toddlers; Internal Family Dynamics; Parenting; Psychology of Cultural Diversity
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology; Impact of Society on Child and Adolescents; Parenting and Family Relations; Psychology of Special Needs in Children and Adolescents
  • Annual Tuition: $12,064
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Growth and Dev; Child Growth Lab; Contemp Issues Human Dev; Family Interaction; Survey of Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Psychology; Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence; Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging; Social Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Arts for Young Children; Diversity Issues in Early Childhood; Family Education and Advocacy; Identifying and Serving At-Risk Child; Math and Science for Young Children; Special Needs Children and Families
  • Annual Tuition: $12,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Programs for Young Children; Foundations of Reading; Math and Science for Young Children; Partnering with Parents; Principles of Caring for Preschool Children

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Child Sensorimotor Development; Family Stress and Resilience; Interaction and Guidance; Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs; Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers; Program Planning for Preschool Children
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Play and Learning; Dual Language Learners; Ethics in Early Childhood; Growth/Development Child; Infants and Toddlers; Language Development and Emergent Literacy

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment & Intervention During Early Childhood; Language Development in Young Children; Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners; Play & Learning for the Young Child; Understanding Behavior & Family Dynamics
  • Annual Tuition: $16,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes:
    Developmental Psychopathology; Families of Young Children with Special Needs; Family Stress and Coping; Multicultural Influences on Children & Families; Safety, Nutrition and Health in Early Childhood Programs; School Programs for Young Children
  • Annual Tuition: $17,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 23%
  • Example Classes:
    Abuse and Neglect; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling Families Through the Life Cycle; Creative Methods for Communicating to Children; Crisis Intervention and Management; Developmental Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $18,188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Development; Child Development; Early Childhood Assessment and Curricula; Global Ecology of the Family; Infant and Toddler Development; Intimate Relationships: Friends, Family, and Marriage
  • Annual Tuition: $24,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum; Advanced Studies in Intervention Models in Early Childhood Education; Authentic Infant-Competent Child; Community as a Context for Development; Healthy Children and Classroom Communities; Modeling Family and Community Engagement; Play Across the Lifespan; Play, Language and Literacy Development
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