2020 Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Degrees Online

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

Ranked by affordability, these 24 schools all offer online low-cost bachelor's degrees in early childhood education. In first place, Aspen University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $4,500. Classes for Aspen University's B.S. in Early Childhood Education include Children with Special Needs, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Preschool and School Age Settings, Infant and Toddler Mental Health, Play and Learning for the Preschool Child, and Professionalism and Growth in the Early Childhood Field. Western Carolina University comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $5,670 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Aspen University $4,500
# 2 #2 Western Carolina University $5,670
# 3 #3 Northwestern College - IA $5,695
# 4 #4 University of the Cumberlands $6,368
# 5 #5 St. Catherine University $6,675
# 6 #6 Wichita State University $6,708
# 7 #7 Florida Gateway College $6,915
# 8 #8 Fort Hays State University $6,997
# 9 #9 Fayetteville State University $7,556
# 11 #11 Central Methodist University $7,800
# 12 #12 North Seattle College $8,391
# 13 #13 Bay Mills Community College $8,550
# 14 #14 Lynn University $9,300
# 15 #15 Texas Tech University $9,540
# 16 #16 University of North Carolina at Greensboro $10,061
# 17 #17 Mayville State University $10,065
# 18 #18 Iowa State University $10,080
# 19 #19 National Louis University $10,260
# 20 #20 University of Cincinnati $10,342
# 21 #21 Florida International University $10,376
# 23 #23 South Dakota State University $10,537
# 24 #24 West Virginia University $12,780
#1
#1

Aspen University

Denver (CO)
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500

Aspen University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies degree completion program for students with previous college credit. The curriculum follows professional standards set by the Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students take courses in child development, educational psychology, and curriculum design. The program is not intended to be a teacher certification program or lead to state licensure. Instead,... it prepares graduates for work in child care organizations, early childhood education programs, and private kindergartens or elementary schools.

Online coursework is hosted on the Brightspace learning management system, where students can access the syllabus, submit assignments, and participate in discussion boards. Classwork follows an asynchronous format, and students are expected to meet assignment and project deadlines. Aspen University offers a monthly payment plan with a zero-percent fixed interest rate. Students must pay $250 per month for 80 months and are not required to make a down payment. Additionally, students may receive credit for life/work experience, which can include military training, continuing education courses, seminars, or training programs.

Applicants must submit an online application and official transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students enrolling in a bachelor's degree program without previously earned college credit will be conditionally accepted, pending successful completion of a communications class.

  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,308
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,035
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (303) 333-4224

Example Classes: Children with Special Needs, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Preschool and School Age Settings, Infant and Toddler Mental Health, Play and Learning for the Preschool Child, Professionalism and Growth in the Early Childhood Field

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education - Completion Program
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670

Western Carolina University (WCU) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten Education with a concentration in either Early Childhood or Professional Education. Students who are interested in working in a public school setting should select the 39-credit Professional Education option, which requires that students pass the Praxis I exam and complete two semesters of internships. Those interested in working in a non-public school setting should opt for the 30-credit Early Childhood... specialization. Both programs require 42 credits for liberal studies, 30 credits for birth-kindergarten core courses, and 9-15 credits of elective courses.

Online coursework is hosted on the Blackboard learning management system and may follow a blended synchronous and asynchronous format. WCU offers a separate distance learning tuition and fee rate for online students. The NC Promise Tuition Plan provides all residential and online undergraduate students with reduced tuition rates. Additionally, various merit- and need-based scholarships are available. Online students have access to tutoring support, library and technology resources, career services, and a distance orientation.

Admission into the program is competitive, and students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75. Prospective students are expected to have some credits before enrolling. Undergraduate distance learning programs are not intended for first-year students who want to register full-time. Transfer students must complete an online application and submit transcripts.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,463
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 688
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (828) 227-7100

Example Classes: Adult-Child Interaction, Infant Development and Curriculum, Promoting Social-Emotional Competence, The Exceptional Child

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten
  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten - Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten - Professional Education
#3
#3

Northwestern College - IA

Orange City (IA)
Annual Tuition: $5,695
Annual Tuition: $5,695
Annual Tuition: $5,695

Northwestern College-Iowa offers a fully-online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood degree completion program. The program can be completed in two years and requires 124 credits, including 33 credits of early childhood courses, four credits of Northwestern education core courses, and elective courses. The curriculum focuses on child development, assessment, behavior, and educational policy. To graduate, students must complete field-based assignments and an early childhood professional portfolio.... Graduates are prepared for roles in Head Start programs, child care centers, preschool programs, and before- and after-school early childhood programs.

Online coursework is asynchronous and is hosted on the Blackboard learning management system. Students in the program may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarship. Northwestern College offers reduced tuition rates for online programs, and students have the option to enroll in payment plans. No interest is charged unless the payment is late. Additionally, students have access to an academic and enrollment advisor.

At a minimum, prospective students must have an associate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.25. Candidates must complete an online application and submit official transcripts to be considered.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 63
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (712) 707-7000

Example Classes: Children’s Health and Well-Being, Highly Individualized Teaching & Learning, Positive Behavioral Support for Young Children I, Resiliency and Wellness for Educators, Supporting Dual Language Learners, Supporting Language and Literacy Development in Preschool

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood
#4
#4

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
#5
#5

St. Catherine University

Saint Paul (MN)
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1119 -1263
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 791
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 215
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (651) 690-6000

Example Classes: Creative Expression in Early Childhood, Emergent Literacy in the Content Areas, Infant and Toddler Methods and Materials, Teaching and Learning in the Lower Elementary Classroom, The Art of Classroom Management and Assessment, Understanding of Diverse Family Experiences and Student Exceptionalities in Early Childhood

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Degree Completion for Montessori-Credentialed Students)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Licensure
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Licensure (with Previous Montessori Credential)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Degree Completion for Montessori-Credentialed Students)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Licensure
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Licensure (with Previous Montessori Credential)
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $6,708
Annual Tuition: $6,708
Annual Tuition: $6,708
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,016
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 572
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 978-3456

Example Classes: Classroom Management and Pedagogy, Early Childhood Unified Assessment and Methods: Infants, Toddlers and Preschool (B-PreK), Family and Professional Collaboration, Inquiry Based Learning, Math for Exceptionalities, Special Education Law

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education
#7
#7

Florida Gateway College

Lake City (FL)
Annual Tuition: $6,915
Annual Tuition: $6,915
Annual Tuition: $6,915
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,169
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (386) 752-1822

Example Classes: Designing and Implementing a Blended Curriculum, Education and Development of Young Children, Integrated Math and Science in Early Childhood, Parents as Teachers/Field Experience, Principles and Methods for Teaching Early Childhood Social Studies, Young Children with Special Needs

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Early Childhood Education
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,997
Annual Tuition: $6,997
Annual Tuition: $6,997
  • 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: Child Care Management & Admin, Child Care Management & Administration, Creative Expressions Methods, Diverse Learners, Educating Exceptional Students, Educational Psychology, Programs, Procedures, & Issues in Special Education

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Unified
#9
#9

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1030
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,510
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 549
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (910) 672-1111

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Birth through Kindergarten (Non-Teaching) (Degree Completion)
#11
#11
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: 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
#12
#12

North Seattle College

Seattle (WA)
Annual Tuition: $8,391
Annual Tuition: $8,391
Annual Tuition: $8,391
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 42%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 803
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (206) 934-3600

Example Classes: Anti-Bias Education, Children and Media, Creative Expression, Information Literacy for Undergraduate Research, Language, Literacy and Communication, Partnership and Collaboration in Early Care and Education

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAS in Early Childhood Education
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 14%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 223
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (906) 248-3354 x8423

Example Classes: Developing Family Partnerships, Emergent Literacy, Health, Safety, & Nutrition for Early Childhood, Inclusion of Special Needs Preschoolers in Early Childhood Programs, Managing the Environment for Development and Learning, Social & Emotional Needs of Children

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
#14
#14

Lynn University

Boca Raton (FL)
Annual Tuition: $9,300
Annual Tuition: $9,300
Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 211
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 994-5966

Example Classes: Art, Music and Movement, Children at Risk, Creative Activities, Differentiated Instruction and Effective Teaching Strategies, Pre-Primary Language Arts, Sheltered Content Instruction for English Language Learners

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Early Childhood Education
#15
#15

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $9,540
Annual Tuition: $9,540
Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,980
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,533
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Child Care
#16
#16
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: 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

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
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $10,065
Annual Tuition: $10,065
Annual Tuition: $10,065
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 622
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 18
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (701) 788-2301

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $10,080
Annual Tuition: $10,080
Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1092 -1334
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 323
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,051
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (515) 294-4111

Example Classes: Assessing Young Children and their Environments to Enhance Development, Development of Curriculum for Children Ages 4 to 8, Development of Curriculum for Children Ages Birth to 3, Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families, Technology and Young Children, Working with Families

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childcare Education and Programming (ECEMS)
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 963
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 443-5522

Example Classes: Early Language and Literature Development, Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education, Methods of Teaching Mathematics, Methods of Teaching Science, Methods of Teaching Social Studies, Teacher Preparation Curriculum and Assessment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. in Early Childhood Practice
#20
#20

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $10,342
Annual Tuition: $10,342
Annual Tuition: $10,342
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1370
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,460
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Developmental Concerns Birth-5 and Family Partnerships, Developmental Transitions: Childhood to Adulthood, Individuals with Exceptionalities, Infant and Toddler Care and Education, Language Development in Young Children, Physical, Cognitive, and Language Development in Infant and Toddlers

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education - Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education - Infant-Toddler
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education - PreK
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,286
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,499
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (305) 348-2000

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Development
#23
#23
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: Child Guidance and Classroom Environments, Development of Curriculum for Children Ages 4 to 8, Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families, Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Young Children, Professional Development for Early Childhood Education Providers, Understanding and Adapting to Developmental Differences

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Education and Care
#24
#24

West Virginia University

Morgantown (WV)
Annual Tuition: $12,780
Annual Tuition: $12,780
Annual Tuition: $12,780
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: Contemporary Issues in Family Relations, Creative Dramatics, Early Socio-Emotional Growth, First Aid and Emergency Care, Infant Toddler Language and Literacy, Technology for Young Children with/without Special Needs

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • 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)