2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Education

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Aspiring and practicing teachers will find value in this list of 25 online colleges that offer master's in education degrees, with the average yearly cost being an affordable $4,874. Midway University and Buena Vista University tie for #1, with an annual tuition of $3,750. American College of Education offers an impressive 45 programs, each with tuition starting at $3,917 per year. Marshall University, at #24, offers 12 degrees involving teaching and is only $5,486 per year.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 (tie) #1 (tie) Buena Vista University Annual Tuition $3,750
#1 (tie) #1 (tie) Midway University Annual Tuition $3,750
#3 #3 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,917
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,316
#5 #5 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $4,395
#6 #6 Texas A & M University-Texarkana Annual Tuition $4,486
#7 #7 Evangel University Annual Tuition $4,500
#8 #8 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,736
#9 #9 Morningside College Annual Tuition $4,770
#10 #10 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,854
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Northwestern College - IA Annual Tuition $4,875
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Union University Annual Tuition $4,875
#13 #13 Gratz College Annual Tuition $4,920
#14 #14 Minot State University Annual Tuition $4,950
#15 #15 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,015
#16 #16 Adams State University Annual Tuition $5,025
#17 #17 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $5,179
#18 #18 Northern Illinois University Annual Tuition $5,355
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,400
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $5,400
#21 #21 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $5,467
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Anderson University - SC Annual Tuition $5,475
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Bluefield College Annual Tuition $5,475
#24 #24 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,486
#25 #25 Dickinson State University Annual Tuition $5,487
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 193
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning; Cognition and Instruction: Research Based Instructional Strategies; Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners; Effective Coaching and Instructional Design; Leadership in a Changing Society and Culture; Learning, Development & Motivation
  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 189
  • Example Classes:
    Closing the Achievement Gap through Assessment, Evaluation and Data Analysis; Content Area Literacy Instruction and Leadership; Educational Policy and Law for Teacher Leaders; Foundations of Literacy; Human Growth and Development; Multicultural Education
  • Annual Tuition: $3,917
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,844
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,486
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 476
  • Example Classes:
    Education Research Literature and Techniques; Evaluation in Instructional Technology; Instructional Multimedia Design and Development; Leadership in Educational Technology; Online Learning and Teaching; Teaching with Emerging Technologies
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 194
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Administration of Instructional Programs; Communications for Effective Leadership; Contemporary Issues In Curriculum And Instruction; Data Analysis For School Improvement; Differentiating Curriculum And Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $4,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,458
  • Example Classes:
    Content Area Literacy Instruction; Defining and Creating Professional Learning Communities; Educational Technology; High Quality Instruction; Theory Into Practice: History for Educational Practice; Theory Into Practice: Social Foundations for Educational Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $4,770
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,581
  • Example Classes:
    Instructional Technology; Interpreting and Reporting Educational Research; Issues in Education; Learning in Educational Settings
  • Annual Tuition: $4,854
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,830
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities; Language Development and Reading; Literature and the Reader; Phonics for Decoding and Spelling; Reading in Early Childhood; Vocabulary Development K-12
  • Annual Tuition: $4,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 161
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior and Social Interventions of Learners; Communication and Collaborative Partnerships; Educational Research Methods & Design; Instructional Strategies for Diverse Students and Settings; Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Special Education; Trends and Issues in 21st Century Education
  • Annual Tuition: $4,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,180
  • Example Classes:
    Accountability for Greater Student Learning; Community Involvement for School Improvement; Differentiated Instruction; Faith and Ethics in Education; Positive Discipline; Technology-Rich Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $4,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 197
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Pedagogy; Creative Technologies; Growth Mindset; Legal & Ethical Issues in the 21st Century Classroom; Teaching Tolerance in the Classroom; The Creative Educator
  • Annual Tuition: $4,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 276
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Practice; Consultation and Supervision in SPED; Psychoeducational Aspects of Exceptional Children; Special Education Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $5,015
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Digital-Age Learning Environments; Diversity Issues in Literacy & Content Area Instruction; Educational Media Production; Problems in Educational Technology; Selection and Utilization of Educational Technology; Topical Issues in Educational Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $5,025
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,356
  • Example Classes:
    21st Century Education; Curriculum & Assessment; Data-Driven Decision Making; Educating Diverse Learners; Psychology of Teaching & Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $5,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 22
  • Example Classes:
    Art, Music, and Play in Early Childhood Education; Child and Adolescent Development; Educational Assessment; Human Relations and Diversity; Inclusive Classroom; Instructional Strategies for the Classroom Teacher

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,936
  • 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: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 447
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Modification for Exceptional Students; Characteristics of and Instructional Strategies for Teaching Mildly Disabled; Educational Statistics; History of American Education; Issues & Interrelated Special Education; Teaching of Reading & Math to Exceptional Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    Balanced Literacy: Primary Grades; Balanced Reading Instruction; Classroom, Behavior & Instructional Mgmt-Elem; Critical Theories and Children's Young Adult Literature in the Classroom; Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties; Educational Foundations for Diverse Learning Environments
  • Annual Tuition: $5,467
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,507
  • Example Classes:
    Content Area Reading and Writing; Language Learning: Educational Perspectives Practicum II; Literacy Assessment; Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults; Pre-Adolescent & Adolescent Literacy; Teaching the Writing Process
  • Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 488
  • Example Classes:
    Best Current Teaching Practices; Current Issues in Public School Education; Education of Students with Exceptionalities; Principles of Curriculum Development; School and Community Relations; Strategies for Addressing Diversity in the Classroom
  • Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in Education; Advanced Educational Psychology; Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth; Classroom Management and Behavior in a Diverse Society; Teaching Strategies for Student Learning; Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $5,487
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5
  • Example Classes:
    Childhood and Adolescent Psychology; Content Area Teaching Strategies; Cultural Diversity in a Complex World; Integrating Technology into the Learning Environment; Theory and Practice of Classroom Management

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