2020 Most Affordable Online Education Degrees

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

These 24 colleges offer the most affordable online bachelor's in education degrees. In first place, Tennessee State University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $4,200. Ranked #2, the University of the Cumberlands offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at a tuition rate of $6,368 annually. Students can choose from concentrations in English/Communications, Social and Behavioral Studies, and Special Education. Courses for these programs include Basic Concepts Concerning Education, Classroom Management and Behavior, Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Effective Teaching Practices, and The Middle School.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Tennessee State University $4,200
# 2 #2 University of the Cumberlands $6,368
# 3 #3 Wichita State University $6,708
# 4 #4 Western Governors University $6,750
# 5 #5 Fort Hays State University $6,778
# 6 #6 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $7,492
# 7 #7 Athens State University $7,626
# 8 #8 Arkansas State University $7,740
# 9 #9 Central Methodist University $7,800
# 10 #10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $8,400
# 11 #11 SUNY College at Oswego $8,480
# 12 #12 University of Southern Mississippi $8,624
# 13 #13 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College $8,804
# 14 #14 Utah State University $9,001
# 15 #15 Mayville State University $9,150
# 16 #16 Midwestern State University $9,166
# 17 #17 Lynn University $9,300
# 18 #18 University of Wisconsin-Superior $9,455
# 19 #19 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale $9,637
# 20 #20 Ouachita Baptist University $9,750
# 21 #21 Troy University $10,140
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) Arizona Christian University $10,200
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) Lees-McRae College $10,200

Most Affordable Online Education Degrees by Program

Most Affordable Education College Details

For each school ranked above, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' education programs. Explore education class offerings, degrees offered, and accreditation information below.

#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
Annual Tuition: $4,200
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 197
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 241
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 963-5000

Example Classes: Creative/Expressive Arts, Instructional Strategies in the Elementary Classroom, Multicultural Education, Technology in the Schools

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Teaching and Learning
#2
#2

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • 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: Basic Concepts Concerning Education, Classroom Management and Behavior, Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Effective Teaching Practices, The Middle School

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - English/Communications
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Interdisciplinary
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Social and Behavioral Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Special Education (With Dual Teaching Certification)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,708
Annual Tuition: $6,708
Annual Tuition: $6,708
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: Integrated Learning through the Arts, Philosophy, History and Ethics of Education, Reading & Writing Exceptionalities, Special Ed Law, Universal Design for Learning

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Workforce Leadership and Applied Learning
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Workforce Leadership and Applied Learning - Education and Innovation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education
#4
#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 88,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 32,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

Example Classes: Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation, Cultural Studies and Diversity, Elementary Disciplinary Literacy, Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners, Introduction to Instructional Planning and Presentation, Psychology for Educators

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. Elementary Ed
  • B.A. in Special Education (Mild to Moderate)
  • B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure)
  • B.A. Special Education (K-12)
  • B.S. Mathematics Education (Middle Grades)
  • B.S. Mathematics Education (Secondary)
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,778
Annual Tuition: $6,778
Annual Tuition: $6,778
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • 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, Classroom Management, Curriculum & Assessment, Diverse Learners, Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology for Elementary Teachers

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies - Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education - Business Teacher Licensure
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education - Corporate Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education - Talent Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Unified
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1070
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,693
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

Example Classes: Classroom/Behavior Management: Exceptional Individuals/Inclusive Environments, Literacy and the Bilingual Child, Literacy/Social Studies Methods for Diverse/Inclusive Classrooms, Planning/Assessment for the Inclusive Classroom

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Career and Technical Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Pre-Professional Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Career and Technical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in History
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Sports and Recreation Management
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $7,626
Annual Tuition: $7,626
Annual Tuition: $7,626
  • Online Degrees: 15
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,891
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 158
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 233-8100

Example Classes: Early Brain Development, Information Design and Visual Literacy, Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners, Interface Design Management, Language Development and Developmental Interactions, Psychology of Learning, Teaching Strategies for the Digital Age

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Career and Technical Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Collaborative Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Early Childhood Education
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Educational Technology
  • B.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Elementary Education
#8
#8

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,740
Annual Tuition: $7,740
Annual Tuition: $7,740
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1196
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,259
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 972-2100

Example Classes: Characteristics of and Differentiation of Instruction for Diverse Learners, Integration of Technology into the Curriculum, Key Issues of Teaching and Learning in Middle Grades, Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Development, The Exceptional Student in the Regular Classroom

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BGS in Physical Education
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Online Degrees: 16
  • 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: Child Health, Children's Literature, Developmental Psychology, Emergent Language, Reading and Writing with Young Children

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education - Language Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education - Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education - Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education - Social Science
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,579
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 759
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000

Example Classes: Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum, Building Learning Environments, Children's Literature, Education of Exceptional Learners, Introduction to Middle Level Education, Middle Level Content Literacy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Health Education and Promotion
  • BSE in Middle Level Education
  • BSE in Middle Level Education - Social Studies
  • BSE in Middle Level Education - Language Arts
  • BSE in Middle Level Education - Math
  • BSE in Middle Level Education - Science
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 217
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (315) 312-2500

Example Classes: Culturally Relevant Teaching, Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities, Professionalism & Social Justice Seminar, Schooling, Pedagogy, and Social Justice

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education
  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education - Agricultural Education Grades 7-12
  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education - Family & Consumer Sciences Education Grades 7-12
  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education - Health Career Education Grades 7-12
  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education - Technical Education Grades 7-12
  • B.S. in Career and Technical Education - Trade Education Grades 7-12
#12
#12
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: Classroom Management, Computer Applications in Education, Curriculum: Primary and Middle Grades, Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children, Science for Elementary Teachers, Tests and Measurements

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (For Teacher Assistants)
#13
#13

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods (IN)
Annual Tuition: $8,804
Annual Tuition: $8,804
Annual Tuition: $8,804
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (812) 535-5151

Example Classes: Assessment and Intervention in Elementary and Secondary Special Education, Assessment for Learning, Social Emotional Development and Behavioral Intervention, Special Education Law and Procedures

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education - K-Grade 6 Mild Intervention (Licensure Program)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - PreK-Grade 3 Mild Intervention (Licensure Program)
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $9,001
Annual Tuition: $9,001
Annual Tuition: $9,001
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,911
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 994
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 797-1000

Example Classes: Historical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Education, Instruction for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners, Integrating Arts into Academic Learning

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education - Second Degree
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $9,150
Annual Tuition: $9,150
Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • 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 Play in Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Language Literacy in Early Childhood Education, Pre-K Methods/Materials, Reading in Early Elementary, Social/Emotional Development and Guidance

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Mathematics Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
#16
#16

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls (TX)
Annual Tuition: $9,166
Annual Tuition: $9,166
Annual Tuition: $9,166
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 856
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (940) 397-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Technology Integration, Instructional Systems Design, Instructional Technology Design, Trends and Issues in Training and Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences - Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences - Childhood and Adolescent Studies
#17
#17

Lynn University

Boca Raton (FL)
Annual Tuition: $9,300
Annual Tuition: $9,300
Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • 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, Cross Cultural Communications, Differentiated Instruction and Effective Teaching Strategies, Second Language and Literacy Development for English Language Learners

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Early Childhood Education
  • BS in Elementary Education Grades K-6
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $9,455
Annual Tuition: $9,455
Annual Tuition: $9,455
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 572
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 244
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (715) 394-8101

Example Classes: Developing Literacy, Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers, Multicultural Education, Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching, Teaching Art in the Elementary Grades, Teaching Music in the Elementary School

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,589
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 506
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (618) 453-2121

Example Classes: Characteristics and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Children, Culture in the Classroom, Diversity in Education

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Dental Hygiene Management/Education
  • BS in Workforce Education and Development
#20
#20

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia (AR)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 24
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 245-5000

Example Classes: Learning Theories and Assessment Practices, Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Exceptional Learners, Teaching Students from Multilingual and Diverse Backgrounds

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Degree Completion)
#21
#21

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $10,140
Annual Tuition: $10,140
Annual Tuition: $10,140
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1145
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,492
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

Example Classes: Curriculum and Instructional Delivery, Diverse Learners, Reading in the Content Areas, Teaching with Technology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Occupational Education
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1125
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (602) 489-5300

Example Classes: Introduction to the Exceptional Child, Reading and Decoding, Structured English Immersion Methods

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Non-Certification
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education - Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education - English Language Arts
#22
#22

Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk (NC)
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 257
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (828) 898-5241

Example Classes: Creative Methods and Materials, Foundations of American Education, Managing Environment For Diverse Learners, Reflective Teaching/Classroom Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Degree Completion)