2020 Most Affordable Online Doctorates in Education

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With annual tuitions under $9,000, these 23 online colleges offer the most affordable doctoral in education programs. California Coast University, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only $4,350 per year. Classes at California Coast include Advanced Curriculum Development, Analysis of Current Issues in Education, Educational Finance, and Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Leadership. The University of North Georgia comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $4,545 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $4,350
# 2 #2 $4,545
# 3 #3 $5,070
# 4 #4 $5,677
# 5 #5 $5,745
# 6 #6 $6,029
# 7 #7 $6,297
# 8 #8 $6,480
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $6,750
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $6,750
# 11 #11 $7,163
# 12 #12 $7,230
# 13 #13 $7,470
# 14 #14 $7,535
# 15 #15 $7,727
# 16 #16 $7,769
# 17 #17 $7,875
# 18 #18 $7,920
# 19 #19 $8,000
# 20 #20 $8,110
# 21 #21 $8,115
# 22 #22 $8,160
# 23 #23 $8,204
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,350
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes: Advanced Curriculum Development; Analysis of Current Issues in Education; Educational Accountability, Governance, and Reform; Educational Finance; Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Leadership

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Ed.D. Educational Administration
  • Ed.D. Educational Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $4,545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes: Contemporary Issues in Special Education; Legal Issues with Special Populations; Preparing Leadership Personnel for Special Populations; Program Evaluation in Special Education; Writing Grant Proposals in Special Education

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration - Community College Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration - Higher Education College/University Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction - Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction - Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $5,677
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes: Current Issues in Leadership; Ethical Theories Research Courses; Financial Models in Leadership; Legal Issues in Leadership; Organizational Analysis; Principles of Leadership

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $5,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $6,029
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Qualitative Research; Educational Policy & Change; Problems of Practice; Program Evaluation; Statistical Literacy for Educational Leaders; Topics in Education Research

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,297
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Programs; Demographics of Rural Communities; Ethics in Educational Leadership; Executive Instructional Leadership; Organization Theory; Scholarly Delivery

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Leadership in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes: Issues in Higher Education; Law of Higher Education; Leader as Change Agent; Leader as Direction Setter

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Learning, Design, & Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Continuous Improvement in Education; Creating Strategic Change That Lasts; Faculty Development; Human Potential and Motivation; Law, Policy, and Practice in Education; Technology in Education

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning
  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning - Health Care Administration and Leadership
  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning - Higher Education Leadership
  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning - K-12 Educational Leadership
  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning - Organizational Leadership
  • D.Ed. in Leadership and Learning - Organizational Psychology
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership - Higher Education Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,163
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes: Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research; Online Pedagogy in Kinesiology and Related Professions; Program Design in Kinesiology and Related Professions; Qualitative Methods in Kinesiology; Statistical Methods for Kinesiology

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Kinesiology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Diversity & Equity in Education
  • Doctor of Education in Diversity & Equity in Education - Human Resource Development
  • Doctor of Education in Global Studies in Education
  • Doctor of Education in Human Resource Development
  • Doctor of Education in International Education Administration and Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Learning Design & Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes: Curriculum and Instruction Strategies; Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles; Organizational Leadership: Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change; The Teacher as Leader

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctorate in Education - Curriculum & Instruction Leadership
  • Doctorate in Education in Administrative Leadership
  • Educational Specialist Degree in Administrative Leadership
  • Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,535
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Sciences - Educational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,727
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Systems Technology
  • Doctor of Education in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,769
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes: Doctoral Field Studies; Instructional Design Assessment; Issues in Instructional Tech; Leadership in Technology Administration; Management Application Analysis; Technology Sustainability

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Systems Design and Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes: Data Analysis Program Improvement through Professional Learning Communities; Descriptive Statistics and Survey Design; Educational Unit Self-Study through Assessment Inquiry Research; Using Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • EdS - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • EdD - Educational Leadership
  • EdS - Educational Leadership
  • EdS - Instructional Leadership
  • EdS - Interscholastic Athletic Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • 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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Example Classes: Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology Initiatives; Instructional Design; Issues and Trends in Educational Technology Research; Learning Analytics Concepts and Techniques; Qualitative Research in Educational Technology

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Technology
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Teachers, Schools, and Society (TSS)
  • EdD in Higher Education Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,115
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Example Classes: Creativity and Problem Solving; Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented; Differentiated Instruction; K12 Assessment; Principles of Curriculum Design; Professional Knowledge

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Innovation
  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - English as a Second Language
  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Gifted Education
  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Instructional Technology
  • Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Leadership in Reading and Literacy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes: Content Area Reading/Writing K-12; Instructional Technology for English; Literacy Assessment; Methods of Analysis and Reflection in English Teaching; Theories of Curriculum Design and Application in English

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy - Language
  • Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy - Literacy
  • Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy - Literature
  • Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy - Writing
  • Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,204
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes: Adult Learning Strategies; Curriculum and Instructional Systems; Dissertation Conceptualization; Organizational Theory, Culture, and Leadership; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design and Foundations

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Learning and Development
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership