2019 Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Degrees Online

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These 25 exceptional schools offer the most affordable online bachelor's degrees in early childhood education. Every school on the list has a tuition rate less than $12,000 per year, and close to half of the schools have tuition rates under $10,000. Western Carolina University is ranked #1, offering four online B.S. in Birth degrees in specializations like Early Childhood, Professional Education, and Alternative Licensure. Tuition is $5,670 per year. Ranked #2, University of the Cumberlands offers an annual tuition rate of just $6,368 for its Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult-Child Interaction; Infant Development and Curriculum; Promoting Social-Emotional Competence; The Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Health and Safety Issues and Services; Hispanic Popular Culture; Instructional and Assistive Technology; Methods and Materials for teaching Kindergarten; Teaching Infants and Toddlers; Working with Parents and Children of all Cultures
  • Annual Tuition: $6,997
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Care Management & Admin; Child Care Management & Administration; Creative Expressions Methods; Diverse Learners; Educating Exceptional Students; Educational Psychology; Programs, Procedures, & Issues in Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Arts; Emergent Language; Infant/Toddler Curriculum Methods & Materials; Methods/Materials for Teaching Content Classes; Reading and Writing with Young Children; Screening, Diagnosis, & Planning Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $7,808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Birth Through Kindergarten Curriculum Development; Current Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education; Family Culture and School; Introduction to Birth through Kindergarten Education; Observation and Assessment in Preschool Education; Teaching the Young Child with Special Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $8,334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Teaching; Child Development and Guidance; Curriculum Development and Evaluation; Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment; Early Childhood Environments; Family-Community Collaboration; Leadership in ECH & Care
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Art, Music, and Plat in ECE; Language Literacy in ECE; Observation, Assessment, Interpretation Techniques; Pre-K Methods/Materials; Science for Elementary Teachers; Social/Emotional Development and Guidance
  • Annual Tuition: $8,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Children’s Constructions of Relationships through Arithmetic & Math Reasoning; Children’s Creative Experiences; Children’s Health and Safety; Early Brain Development; Educating Exceptional Children; Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Child Advocacy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,993
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Young Child; Cultural/Social Foundations of Education; General Instruction Decision Making; Issues in Early Childhood Education; Play and Development of Social Competence; Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings
  • Annual Tuition: $9,262
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Dependent Care Programs; Assessment and Planning for Inclusive B-K Programs; Families and Children in Global Perspective; Families and Close Relationships; Human Development Across the Life Span; Infants and Toddlers: Development, Learning, and Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $9,792
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management; Exceptional Learner; Infant/Toddler Care: Methods and Techniques; Psychology of Exceptional Children; Psychology of Play; Sociology of the Family
  • Annual Tuition: $9,849
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Children's Literature; Human Growth and Development /Educational Psychology; Literacy in the Elementary Schools; Math Methods for EC-6; Science Curriculum and Instruction; Student Teaching in the Elementary Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $10,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Fostering the Development of Young Children’s Mathematics & Science Knowledge & Skills; Infants & Young Children: Risk & Resilience; Laying the Foundation for Reading: Supporting Language & Literacy Development in Preschool; Learning & Teaching in Our Changing World; Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood; Understanding Early Childhood & Family Studies Research
  • Annual Tuition: $10,597
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Current Trends in Early Childhood Education; Infancy and Early Childhood; Introduction to the Art and Science of Teaching in Early Childhood; The Early Years of Literacy and Language Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Attachment in Early Childhood; Emergent Literacy; Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Children’s Programs; Meaning and Development of Play; Observation and Assessment of Children; Young Children and Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Child Development; Collaboration, Consultation, Teaching in EC/ECSPED; Curriculum, Assessment, Teaching in EC/ECSPED; Special Education Law; Teaching Language Arts and Literacy; The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Childhood Health and Wellness; Family Collaboration in Early Childhood; Multicultural Education in Early Childhood; Play & Learning Environments in Early Childhood; Positive Behavior Guidance and Management in Early Childhood; Technology in Early Childhood

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Humane and Environmental Education; International Teaching; Science Teaching Methods; Skills in Teaching EFL; Teaching Science in EC-6; Technology in Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $10,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Centers and Programs; Child Development, Adolescence; Children's Literature and Language Development; Conceptual Creative Experiences; Exceptional Learners; Program Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,036
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Development; Creativity and Play in Young Children; Methods and Materials for Early Childhood Students with Disabilities; Prenatal and Infant Development; Working with Families of Students with Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $11,091
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration/Supervision in Early Childhood Settings; Assessing Young Children and their Environments; Child Guidance and Classroom Environments; Health, Safety and Nutrition; Introduction to Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society
  • Annual Tuition: $11,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Activity Planning to Facilitate Brain Development; Administration of Child and Family Services Programs; Computer Use for Child Care Administrators; Designing and Managing Learning Environments in Early Childhood Programs; Developing Cultural Awareness in Young Children; Discipline and Guidance of Young Children
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management in the Primary Grades; Foundations of Reading and Language Structure; Infant/Toddler Care-on-Demand Environments; Literature Focused Preschool Environments; Preschool Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment; STEM Concepts in the Primary Grades
  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing Young Children and their Environments to Enhance Development; Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families; Technology and Young Children; Understanding and Adapting for Developmental Differences; Working with Families
  • Annual Tuition: $11,532
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Creating Environments for Learning; Differentiated Methods of Teaching Infants and Toddlers; Learner Development and Early Literacy; Learning Differences and Assessment of Exceptional Children
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