2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Education

2020 Most Affordable Education Masters Degrees Badge

With annual tuitions under $5,400, these 25 online colleges offer the most affordable online master's in education programs. Buena Vista University, ranked #1, offers several online master's degrees in education for only $3,500 per year. Students looking for variety might consider Valdosta State University, which ranks #4 and offers 23 online master's degrees in education. Annual tuition is just $4,102.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $3,500
# 2 #2 $3,750
# 3 #3 $3,936
# 4 #4 $4,102
# 5 #5 $4,140
# 6 #6 $4,267
# 7 #7 $4,420
# 8 #8 $4,480
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $4,485
# 9 (tie) #9 (tie) $4,485
# 11 #11 $4,500
# 12 #12 $4,671
# 13 #13 $4,720
# 14 #14 $4,723
# 15 #15 $4,725
# 16 #16 $4,800
# 17 #17 $4,891
# 18 #18 $4,904
# 19 #19 $4,932
# 20 #20 $4,968
# 21 #21 $5,025
# 22 #22 $5,097
# 23 #23 $5,155
# 24 #24 $5,184
# 25 #25 $5,366
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 227
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education - Comprehensive Track
  • Master of Education in Special Education - Mild to Moderate Disabilities K-8 or 5-12
  • Master of Education in Special Education - Severe and Profound Cognitive Disabilities
  • Master of Education in Special Education - Severe and profound learning and behavioral disabilities
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 212
  • 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; Professional Growth and Development in Teacher Leadership; Teaching for Equity and Justice in Schools through Leadership; Topics and Trends in P-12 Schools

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education - Environment Education Endorsement - Environmental Education
  • Master of Education - Environment Education Endorsement - Environmental Science
  • Master of Education - Teacher Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Annual Tuition: $3,936
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $4,102
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,511
  • Example Classes: Adult Learning and Development; Electronic Courseware Design and Development; Evaluation of Adult and Career Education Programs; History and Philosophy of Adult and Career Education; Supervision and Mentoring in Adult and Career Education; Vision and Planning for Instructional Technology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Educational Specialist in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - Foreign Language Education - French
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - Foreign Language Education - Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education with a Concentration in Health and Physical Education
  • Annual Tuition: $4,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,036
  • Example Classes: Consultation and Collaboration Strategies; Differentiating Content Instruction; Dynamic Perspectives in Education; Formative and Summative Assessment Strategies; Strategies for Creating a Positive Learning Environment; Using Technology to Enhance Student Achievement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Special Education - Guided Studies - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $4,267
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,167
  • Example Classes: Advanced Educational Measurements; Cognitive Learning Styles; Fundamentals of Public School Administration and Supervision; Issues in Facilitating Literacy Development; Public School Relations

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Reading
  • M.Ed. in School Administration
  • M.Ed. in Science Education
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Annual Tuition: $4,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,628
  • Example Classes: Impact of Technology on Education; Internet for 21st Century Teaching and Learning; Language Development and Communication; Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice; Systemic Change: Curriculum, Instructional Technology, and Professional Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Nutrition Education
  • Master of Education in Nutrition Education - Nutrition Education Specialist
  • Master of Education in Nutrition Education - School Nutrition Specialist
  • Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,929
  • Example Classes: Adult Learning Theory; Curriculum Design and Development; Diversity in Adult Education; Evaluating School Programs; Instructional Methods; Learning Theories (K-12)

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education in Adult Education and Development
  • Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: Not Provided
  • Example Classes: Curriculum Design and Evaluation; Ethics in Education; Global Perspectives in Curriculum; Legal Aspects of Education; Models of Teaching; Psychology Applied to Teaching

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. Administration
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,450
  • Example Classes: Digital Age Technology for Teaching and Learning; Empowerment for Teacher Leadership; Formative Assessment & Intervention for All Students; Supervision of Instruction

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - Content
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - Environmental Education Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - Gifted Education Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader - Information Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 146
  • Example Classes: Advanced Reading Instruction Strategies and Practices; Federal Law in Education; Human and Fiscal Resources in Education; Program Planning for Educators; Teaching the Autistic Student; The Trauma-Informed Educator

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education for CA Teachers
  • Annual Tuition: $4,671
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,305
  • Example Classes: American Curriculum History; Critical Pedagogy in Educational Reform; Principal Dispositional Leadership; School Finance; Special Education Law; Theories of Learning and Motivation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Educational Technology - Curriculum Technology
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Education in Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Career and Technical Education
  • Master of Education in Education Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $4,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,559
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Early Childhood and Family Development
  • Master of Science in Education - Education Technology
  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Literacy
  • Master of Science in Education - Special Education/Blindness & Low Vision Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Annual Tuition: $4,723
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,653
  • Example Classes: Cross-cultural Counseling; Curriculum History, Reforms and Innovations; Curriculum Theory and Analysis; Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics; Multicultural Education; Service Learning

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading Specialist
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Diagnostician
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,210
  • Example Classes: Advanced Human Behavior Development and Learning; Best Practices for Coaching and Mentoring Teachers; Diversity in a Multicultural Society; Social and Cultural Foundations (Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling); Teacher Leader in Professional Learning Communities; Young Adult and Children's Literature

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education - Literacy Specialist
  • Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling P-12
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader P-12
  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader: Business & Marketing
  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 454
  • Example Classes: Action Research; Administration of Instructional Programs; Communications for Effective Leadership; Leadership in Elementary and Secondary Curriculum; School Law and Ethics; School Supervision and Improvement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership - TESOL
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy
  • Annual Tuition: $4,891
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,743
  • Example Classes: Assessment and Appraisal; Cultural Diversity; Data Analysis and Assessment; Educational Leadership; Linguistics; Literacy Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies - Instructional Design
  • Master of Science in Counseling - College Counseling/Student Affairs
  • Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling
  • Master of Science in Education - Business
  • Master of Science in Education - Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education
  • Annual Tuition: $4,904
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,514
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Art - Art Education
  • Master of Arts in Art - Community Arts
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in English - Composition and Rhetoric
  • Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in English - Literary Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $4,932
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 950
  • Example Classes: Action Research and Data Analysis; Administrative Law; Communication with School and Community; Education and Society: Continuities and Discontinuities; Physical Environment of Schools; Working with the Marginal Performer

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology - Instructional Design & Technology
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology - Library Media Specialist, K-12
  • Master of Education in Special Education (K-12)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,968
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,871
  • Example Classes: Information Management Dimension of Leadership; Instructional Dimension of Leadership; Project-Based Science Curriculum; Studies in the Teaching of Elementary School Language; Teaching Elementary and Junior High Mathematics; Teaching Skills of Reading and Comprehension

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Teaching Arts
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,025
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,113
  • Example Classes: 21st Century Education; Curriculum & Assessment; Data-Driven Decision Making; Educating Diverse Learners; Psychology of Teaching & Learning

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL)
  • Master of Arts in Music Education
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Education
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Education - Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Education - Education Curriculum and Instruction with Endeavor STEM Certificate
  • Annual Tuition: $5,097
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,448
  • Example Classes: College Student Learning and Development; Design and Development of Online Lessons, Modules, and Courses; Gender and Education; Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation in Instructional Technology; Philosophical-Historical Foundations; Socio-Cultural Foundations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology - Distance Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology - Educational Technologies
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology - Emerging Technologies Professional Development Sequence
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology - Instructional Design and Performance Improvement
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology - Instructional Design Professional Development Sequence
  • Annual Tuition: $5,155
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,698
  • Example Classes: Community Learning as Leadership; Data-Informed Instructional Leadership; Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society; Organizational Change: Theory and Process; Quantitative Methods for Analyzing and Transforming Organizations; The Adult Learner

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Educational Leadership
  • MA in Elementary Education
  • MA in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences
  • MA in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences - Learning Officer
  • MA in Secondary Education
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,031
  • Example Classes: Continuous Improvement; Equity and Differentiation; Management and Compliance; School Improvement/Capstone; Stakeholder Relationships; Support and Removing Barriers

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $5,366
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 274
  • Example Classes: Clinical Practice; Consultation and Supervision in SPED; Psychoeducational Aspects of Exceptional Children; Special Education Assessment

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Special Education - Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education
  • Master of Science in Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education
  • Master of Science in Special Education - Special Education Strategist