2019 Most Affordable Online Doctorates in Education

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This list represents the top 25 most cost-effective online universities that offer doctoral degrees in education for distance-learning students. Coming in at number one is Valdosta State University, with an affordable annual tuition of $4,395. This non-profit university offers two online options for doctoral students in education. Rounding out the list with annual tuitions of $8,250, both Notre Dame of Maryland University and Columbia International University offer affordable online doctoral programs in educational leadership.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online doctoral degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $4,395
#2 #2 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $4,545
#3 #3 American College of Education Annual Tuition $4,590
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,604
#5 #5 Northern Illinois University Annual Tuition $5,355
#6 #6 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,486
#7 #7 Liberty University Annual Tuition $5,500
#8 #8 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $5,745
#9 #9 Oakland City University Annual Tuition $6,225
#10 #10 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $6,580
#11 #11 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $6,750
#12 #12 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $7,000
#13 #13 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $7,077
#14 #14 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $7,095
#15 #15 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $7,117
#16 #16 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,125
#17 #17 William Carey University Annual Tuition $7,380
#18 #18 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $7,402
#19 #19 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $7,500
#20 #20 Belhaven University Annual Tuition $7,650
#21 #21 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $7,727
#22 #22 The University of Findlay Annual Tuition $7,950
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Columbia International University Annual Tuition $8,250
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Notre Dame of Maryland University Annual Tuition $8,250
#25 #25 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $8,415
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • 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: $4,545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • 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: $4,590
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $4,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Appraisal; Children's Literature; Classroom Management; Cultural Diversity; Curriculum & Assessment; Data Analysis and Assessment

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative/International Education; Distance Ed. Design and Delivery; Education for Social Justice; Instructional Media and Technology; Instructional Technology Facilities; Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,486
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • 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: $5,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management for Teachers; Conflict Resolution; Educational Leadership and Public Relations; Educational Philosophy for Teachers; Instructional Practice for Math Teachers; Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $5,745
  • 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: $6,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Theory; Facility Planning and Usage; Leader’s Role in Organizational Dynamics; Personnel Evaluation and Administration; The Deanship; The Superintendency
  • Annual Tuition: $6,580
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • 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: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • 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: $7,000
  • 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: $7,077
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Design Thinking in Education; Leadership for Creative Problem Solving; Leadership for School Family Community Engagement; Leadership in Educational Organizations; Research in Educational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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: $7,117
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Early Childhood Ed; Middle Level Education; Teach Lit at Elem/Mid Level
  • Annual Tuition: $7,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • 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: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • 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: $7,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • 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: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Example Classes:
    Enhancing Curriculum and Instructional Capacity; Equity and Cultural Leadership; Leadership and Management for Effective and Efficient Schools; School and Community Relations; School Law and Ethical Principles
  • Annual Tuition: $7,727
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • 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: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Research and Measurement; Global Dimensions & Perspectives on Diversity; Innovation & Information Literacy; Performance Management Practices for Effective Leadership; Research Design and Proposal Development; The Superintendent

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 36%
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Leadership and Ethics; Foundations for Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Andragogy; Governance and Leadership in Educational Institutions; Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education; Organizational Behavior; Teaching and Learning Theory

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • 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: $8,415
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Professional Development Models; Professional Practice in Clinical Supervision; Professional Practice in Empirical Research; Professional Practice in Service Activities; Professional Writing and Grantwriting
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