2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Doctorate in Education

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The following 25 schools all offer online doctorates in education for an annual tuition of $9,150 or less. Students can obtain one of 12 different doctoral degrees in the field of education at American College of Education, which is ranked #1, for only $4,590 each year. With an affordable annual tuition of $5,616, University of West Georgia ranks #2 and offers 3 different doctoral degree offerings that students can choose from. Evangel University and Southeastern University both tie for #23 with an annual tuition of $9,000.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $4,590
#2 #2 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616
#3 #3 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $5,745
#4 #4 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $6,060
#5 #5 William Carey University Annual Tuition $6,150
#6 #6 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $6,153
#7 #7 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $6,302
#8 #8 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,318
#9 #9 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,511
#10 #10 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $6,750
#11 #11 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $6,990
#12 #12 Oakland City University Annual Tuition $7,200
#13 #13 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $7,401
#14 #14 Notre Dame of Maryland University Annual Tuition $7,500
#15 #15 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,600
#16 #16 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $8,050
#17 #17 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $8,415
#18 #18 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $8,686
#19 #19 Morehead State University Annual Tuition $8,835
#20 #20 Northwest Nazarene University Annual Tuition $8,925
#21 #21 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $8,928
#22 #22 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $8,960
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Evangel University Annual Tuition $9,000
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Southeastern University Annual Tuition $9,000
#25 #25 Auburn University Annual Tuition $9,150
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,590
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Analyzing The Dissertation Research; Assessment Strategies; Curriculum And Instructional Design For Diversity; Management Of Human Capital; Organizational Behavior And Culture; Qualitative Research Designs
  • Annual Tuition: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Governance in Higher Education; Institutional Assessment and Program Effectiveness; Integrating Language, Literacy and Technology across Content Area; Literacy Engagement through Writing; Literacy, Development, and Practices in the Digital Age; Literature Based Reading
  • Annual Tuition: $5,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum; Building Learning Environments; Children's Literature; Education of Exceptional Learners; Financing of Colleges and Universities; Governance and Policy Making in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Effective course design, implementation and assessment in Higher Education; High impact teaching in Higher Education; Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs; Program Development and Assessment in Higher Education; Reaching Nontraditional and Underrepresented Students in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Cooperative Learning; Data Analysis Program Improvement through Professional Learning Communities; Descriptive Statistics and Survey Design; Educational Unit Self-Study through Assessment Inquiry Research; Historical/Philosophical Foundations of Education; Reading / Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $6,153
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Learning and Development; Adult Learning Strategies; Curriculum and Instructional Systems; Dissertation Conceptualization; Electronic Courseware Design and Development; Evaluation of Adult and Career Education Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $6,302
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Qualitative Research; Educational Policy & Change; Problems of Practice; Program Evaluation; Statistical Literacy for Educational Leaders; Topics in Education Research
  • Annual Tuition: $6,318
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Human Development; Current Issues in Leadership; Ethical Theories Research Courses; Financial Models in Leadership; Legal Issues in Leadership; Library Materials for Adolescents

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Management & Staffing for Technology Programs; Designing & Evaluating Professional Learning; Digital Citizenship in Education; Managing Data Systems in Schools & Districts; Technology Leadership & Strategic Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Academic Affairs; Current Issues in Higher Education; Educational Policy and Ethics; Organizational Theory: Implications for Student Performance; Policy and Politics of Higher Education; Research in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Consulting in Human Resource Development; Innovation in E-Learning; International Human Resource Development; Learning on the Job; Program Evaluation; Scholarly Perspective of Human Resource Development
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Theory; Facility Planning and Usage; Leader’s Role in Organizational Dynamics; Personnel Evaluation and Administration; The Deanship; The Superintendency
  • Annual Tuition: $7,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Doctoral Field Studies; Instructional Design Assessment; Issues in Instructional Tech; Leadership in Technology Administration; Management Application Analysis; Technology Sustainability
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation; Curriculum Development for Changing Populations; Digital Game-Based Learning and Design; Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations; Organization and Governance in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Principles of Adult Learning or Organizational Leadership; Methods for Planning and Conducting Educational Research; Planning and Measuring Transformative Adult Learning Programs; Quantitative and Statistical Methods for Educational Research; Scholarly Writing for Research and Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing Inclusive School Contexts; Organizational Learning; Qualitative Data Analysis for Practitioner Leaders; Quantitative Data Analysis for Practitioner Leaders; Strategic Partnering with Families and Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $8,415
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Professional Development Models; Professional Practice in Clinical Supervision; Professional Practice in Empirical Research; Professional Practice in Service Activities; Professional Writing and Grantwriting
  • Annual Tuition: $8,686
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Issues in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education; Master’s Thesis in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education: Early Inquiry Experience; Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry; Seminar on Literacy, Culture, and Language Education Research; Strategies for Educational Inquiry
  • Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research and Grant Writing; Educational Change: Change Theory, Futuring, and Creative Planning; Legal and Ethical Issues and the Exercise of Judgment in Education; Principles of Leadership: Service to Others; Understanding and Conducting Research: Effective Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Qualitative Research: Analysis and Methods; Dissertation Writing and Defense; Effective Leadership for Change Management; Policy Influence and Development; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Educational Research
  • Annual Tuition: $8,928
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Instructional Design Techniques; Cognition and Instructional Design; Computer-Based Multi-Media Design; Instructional Design and Technology Seminar; Principles and Practices of Human Performance Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Education Reform; History of Education Reform and Change; Perspectives on Curriculum; Social Justice in Educational Reform; Social Theories of Learning and Organizational Change
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues In Curriculum And Instruction; Data Analysis For School Improvement; Differentiating Curriculum And Instruction; Educational Funding; Effective Learning; Teacher As Leader
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Education Policy and Social Justice; Historical and Social Foundations of Organizations; Improving and Sustaining Today’s Schools; Learning, Mentoring and Cognition; Public Policy; Teaching and Learning with Students in Poverty
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics for Leaders; Leadership in the Development and Application of Curriculum and Theory Design; Personal and Professional Development; Research and Dissertation
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