2020 Most Affordable Child Development Degrees Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $13,000, these 25 online colleges offer the most affordable bachelor's in child development degrees. At #1, Fort Hays State University offers an online Bachelor of General Studies - Child Development for only $6,560 per year. Courses for this program include Children's Literature, Diverse Learners, Educating Exceptional Students, The Effective Classroom, and The Young Child. Second-ranked Central Methodist University is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $7,800.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in child development degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $5,304
# 2 #2 $6,560
# 3 #3 $7,800
# 4 #4 $8,100
# 5 #5 $8,340
# 6 #6 $8,624
# 7 #7 $9,600
# 8 #8 $10,026
# 9 #9 $10,061
# 10 #10 $10,075
# 11 #11 $10,380
# 12 #12 $10,500
# 13 #13 $10,537
# 14 #14 $10,943
# 15 #15 $11,073
# 16 #16 $11,250
# 17 #17 $11,550
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) $11,700
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) $11,700
# 20 (tie) #20 (tie) $12,000
# 20 (tie) #20 (tie) $12,000
# 22 #22 $12,064
# 23 #23 $12,120
# 24 #24 $12,150
# 25 #25 $12,270
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $5,304
Annual Tuition: $5,304
Annual Tuition: $5,304
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 424-8000

Example Classes: Family & The Child, Guiding Young Children, Healthy Environments, Infant & Toddler Development, Observation and Assessment Strategies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Children's Literature, Diverse Learners, Educating Exceptional Students, The Effective Classroom, The Young Child

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies - Child Development
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,590
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Benefits of Therapeutic Play, Child Psychopathology, Child Welfare and Advocacy, Children and Stress, Death, Dying, and Grief, Special Needs Students

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,340
Annual Tuition: $8,340
Annual Tuition: $8,340
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 30%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,836
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 76
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 626-6000

Example Classes: Advanced Skills for Family Life Educators, Children and Families in the Medical Setting, Diverse Families, Human Sexuality, Latino Child and Family Development, Understanding the Modern United States Military Family

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies - Child and Family Studies
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $8,624
Annual Tuition: $8,624
Annual Tuition: $8,624
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,580
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 959
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 266-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Child Development, Behavior and Guidance of the Young Child, Children, Families, and Technology, Contemporary Issues Affecting the Quality of Life, Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood, Sexuality in the Family System

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Sciences
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Biopsychology, Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development, Social Development: Child and Adolescent

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA General Studies - Child and Adolescent Development
  • BA Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
#8
#8

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 820 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 186
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 877-6100

Example Classes: Early Intervention, Management of Family Resources, Marriage & Family Relationship, Maternal & Child Nutrition, Parent/Pre-School Relations, Psy of Exceptional Children

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $10,061
Annual Tuition: $10,061
Annual Tuition: $10,061
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,058
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (336) 334-5000

Example Classes: Adolescent Development: From Puberty to Young Adulthood, Families and Children in Global Perspective, Families and Close Relationships, Family Diversity, Issues Affecting Women and Families, Work and Family Linkages

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies - Early Care and Education
#10
#10

University of West Alabama

Livingston (AL)
Annual Tuition: $10,075
Annual Tuition: $10,075
Annual Tuition: $10,075
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 30%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1020
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 458
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,916
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 652-3400

Example Classes: Behavior Management in the Classroom, Family Life and Parent Education, Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood, Literature for Young Children, The Importance of Play

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Without Certification)
#11
#11

West Virginia University

Morgantown (WV)
Annual Tuition: $10,380
Annual Tuition: $10,380
Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,158
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,419
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 293-0111

Example Classes: Adolescent Problems and Disorders, Early Socio-Emotional Growth, External Funding: Early Childhood Programs, Health, Safety, & Nutrition in Early Childhood, Infant Toddler Language and Literacy, Learning in PreK-Adult Educational Settings

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies - Birth through 5 (Pre-K Certification Endorsement in Pre-K Special Needs)
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies - Birth through 5 (Pre-K Certification)
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies - Birth through 5 (Pre-K Non-Certification)
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts - Child Development
#12
#12

University of Wyoming

Laramie (WY)
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 930
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (307) 766-1121

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences - Professional Child Development
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,220
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 952-3541

Example Classes: Development of Human Sexuality, Early Experience, Family Policy, Family Resiliency

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
#14
#14

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs (NY)
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 587-2100

Example Classes: Adolescence and Identity, Attachment in Early Childhood, Brain and Behavior, Human Biology, Juvenile Delinquency, Moral Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Human Development
  • BS Human Development
#15
#15

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces (NM)
Annual Tuition: $11,073
Annual Tuition: $11,073
Annual Tuition: $11,073
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 951
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 651
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 646-0111

Example Classes: Family Ethnicities and Subcultures, Parenting and Child Guidance, Prevention, Trauma Informed Treatment and Advocacy, Professional and Systems Responses to Child Maltreatment, Teaching in Informal Family and Consumer Sciences Settings

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences
#16
#16

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $11,250
Annual Tuition: $11,250
Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,198
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,588
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010

Example Classes: Child Growth and Development, Children's Literature and Language Development, Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities, Infancy and Toddlerhood, Parent and Family Development, Preschool Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Human Environmental Sciences - Human Development and Family Studies: Child Development Practitioner
  • BS in Human Environmental Sciences - Human Development and Family Studies: Child Life
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $11,550
Annual Tuition: $11,550
Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 993
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 335-3564

Example Classes: Adolescent Development, Child Development, Child Maltreatment, Parent-Child Relationships

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences - Human Development
#18
#18

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Adolescents, Psychology of Adulthood, Psychology of Childhood, Psychology of Personality

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: Psychology: Developmental Psychology
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,224
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (413) 545-0111

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Children's Learning and Development (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Children's Learning and Development (Degree Completion)
#20
#20

Bay Path University

Longmeadow (MA) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 886
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Childhood Psychopathology, Early Interventions with Infants & Toddlers, Internal Family Dynamics, Parenting, Psychology of Cultural Diversity

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Child Psychology
#20
#20

Touro University Worldwide

Los Angeles (CA)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 438
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,163
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Phone #: (818) 575-6800

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA - Psychology: Child and Adolescent Psychology
#22
#22

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville (AL)
Annual Tuition: $12,064
Annual Tuition: $12,064
Annual Tuition: $12,064
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 910 -930
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 950
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 782-5781

Example Classes: Child Growth and Dev, Child Growth Lab, Contemp Issues Human Dev, Family Interaction, Survey of Exceptional Child

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences - Child Development
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 753 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 937-2448

Example Classes: Child Psychology Theory and Applications, Human Growth & Development, Interview Strategies for Helpers, Learning and Cognition, Motor Learning & Movement Development, Principles of Fitness & Nutrition

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
#24
#24

New England College

Henniker (NH)
Annual Tuition: $12,150
Annual Tuition: $12,150
Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 648
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 407
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 428-2211

Example Classes: Cognitive Psychology, Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence, Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging, Social Psychology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Psychology/Developmental Psychology
#25
#25
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,175
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,403
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (859) 622-1000

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Child and Family Studies
  • BS in Child and Family Studies - Child Development
  • BS in Psychology - Child and Family Psychology