2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Early Childhood Education Degrees

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The following 25 schools offer cheap online degrees in early childhood education with annual tuition ranging from about $5,000 to $13,000. Western Carolina University, offers an online BS in Birth-Kindergarten degree with several different specialties such as Early Childhood and Professional Education for $5,670 per year. Liberty University, Rasmussen College Online, and University of Massachusetts - Amherst tie at #18, offering degrees for $11,700 per year. Offering a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is $12,338 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Western Carolina University Annual Tuition $5,670
#2 #2 Florida State College at Jacksonville Annual Tuition $6,556
#3 #3 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $6,569
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,826
#5 #5 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750
#6 #6 Florida International University Annual Tuition $8,324
#7 #7 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $9,360
#8 #8 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $10,050
#9 #9 Granite State College Annual Tuition $10,350
#10 #10 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $10,440
#11 #11 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $10,650
#12 #12 University of Toledo Annual Tuition $11,010
#13 #13 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $11,250
#14 #14 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $11,253
#15 #15 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $11,377
#16 #16 Endicott College Annual Tuition $11,488
#17 #17 Bluefield College Annual Tuition $11,680
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $11,700
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,700
#21 #21 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $11,780
#22 #22 Fisher College Annual Tuition $11,811
#23 #23 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850
#24 #24 Rochester College Annual Tuition $12,280
#25 #25 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Annual Tuition $12,338
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult-Child Interaction; Infant Development and Curriculum; Promoting Social-Emotional Competence; The Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $6,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Experiences for Young Children; Early Literacy for Young Children; Integrated Science & Math for Young Children; Internship Early Childhood; Linking Literacy & Assessment; Observing & Recording Behavior; Teaching English Language Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $6,569
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,826
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • 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: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • 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: $8,324
  • 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: $9,360
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • 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: $10,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • 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: $10,440
  • 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: $10,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Centers and Programs; Child Development, Adolescence; Children's Literature and Language Development; Conceptual Creative Experiences; Exceptional Learners; Program Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Psychology for Teachers; Child Development for Early Childhood Educators; Infant/Toddler Curriculum; Play and Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • 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: $11,253
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,377
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • 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: $11,488
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Childhood Methods; Emergent Literacy Instruction; Foundations of Reading; Introduction to Children with Special Needs; Issues and Best Practices of English Language Learners; Strategies of Teaching Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $11,680
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Body-Brain Based Learning; Designing Physical Environments; Family, School, & Community Involvement; Guiding Young Children; Observing & Assessing Young Children; Safe & Healthy Settings for the Young Child
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Developmental Psychology; Early Childhood Education; Psychology of Childhood; Wellness in the Early Childhood Setting
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Early Childhood Education: Diversity and Social Justice; Early Childhood Education: Environment and Play Theory; Empowering Contemporary Families; Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education; Intentional Teaching Practices; Technology and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum; Introduction to Multicultural Education; LGBT Issues in Education; Observing and Assessing Young Children; Psychological & Academic Benefits of Sports and Physical Activity for Youth; Teaching Science in Elementary Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $11,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Programs for Young Children; Classroom Management; Foundations of Reading; Math and Science for Young Children; Partnering with Parents; Principles of Caring for Preschool Children

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,811
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Administering Programs for Children; Children with Special Needs; Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children; Math and Science Curricula for Young Children; Preschool Curricula; Social Science Research and Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Art and Culture; Child and Adolescent Growth and Development; Orientation to Teaching; Principles of Management; Public Speaking; Teaching Content to Children
  • Annual Tuition: $12,280
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Child Development; Children’s Literature; Creative Arts for Young Children; Diversity Issues in Early Childhood; Ethics in Early Childhood; Infant and Toddler Development
  • Annual Tuition: $12,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Basics of Phonics Instruction; Developmental Literacy; Early Childhood Generalist Practicum; Educational Technology; General Teaching Methods; Introduction to Multicultural Education
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