2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Education

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University of Sioux Falls, with a $4,950 yearly tuition, is the least expensive school on this list of affordable online master's in education degrees. All of these 25 schools have annual tuitions below $8,000 and an average tuition of around $6,000. Education degrees in all parts of the field are represented, including degrees in music education (offered at third-ranked Anderson University - IN), technical education (available at fifth-ranked Texas State University), and higher education (offered at University of Sioux Falls and John Brown University).

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 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 #1 University of Sioux Falls Annual Tuition $4,950
#2 #2 Minot State University Annual Tuition $5,152
#3 #3 Anderson University - SC Annual Tuition $5,160
#4 #4 Doane University Annual Tuition $5,490
#5 #5 Texas State University Annual Tuition $5,729
#6 #6 Nicholls State University Annual Tuition $5,775
#7 (tie) #7 (tie) Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,850
#7 (tie) #7 (tie) Peru State College Annual Tuition $5,850
#9 #9 William Woods University Annual Tuition $5,875
#10 #10 Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $5,925
#11 #11 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,950
#12 #12 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $6,300
#13 #13 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Annual Tuition $6,362
#14 #14 Bryan College-Dayton Annual Tuition $6,660
#15 #15 Strayer University Annual Tuition $6,740
#16 #16 John Brown University Annual Tuition $6,750
#17 #17 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $6,795
#18 #18 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,800
#19 #19 Ohio Valley University Annual Tuition $6,840
#20 #20 California State University-Bakersfield Annual Tuition $6,900
#21 #21 University of Alaska Fairbanks Annual Tuition $7,035
#22 #22 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,072
#23 #23 Columbia College Annual Tuition $7,110
#24 #24 Augusta University Annual Tuition $7,200
#25 #25 Cedar Crest College Annual Tuition $7,245
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Management; Higher Education Administration; Quality Assurance in Higher Education; Sociology of Adult Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,152
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 284
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Practice; Conducting the Academic Literature Review; Consultation and Supervision in SPED; Special Education Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $5,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 386
  • 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: $5,490
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 976
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of Learning; Critical Issues in Curriculum & Instruction; Models of Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $5,729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,499
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Design; Effective Methods of Teaching and Training; Shaping Organizations and Using Inquiry: Management and Leadership; Supervision of Instruction; Technology of Teaching; Understanding People: Professional Development
  • Annual Tuition: $5,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 669
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units; Educational Telecommunications, Networks and the Internet; History and Philosophy of American Education; Practices in School Leadership for School Improvement; Technology Leadership in Schools
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 631
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods of Performance Assessment; Characteristics of Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities; Curriculum Development; Educational Philosophy; Research Design & Data Analysis; School Law
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 337
  • Example Classes:
    Cognition and Learning; Inclusionary Practices; Sociology of Education; Study Design and Data Collection; Technology and Mediated Instruction; Using the Internet
  • Annual Tuition: $5,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,171
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal of Student Learning; Curriculum Construction; Improvement of Instruction; Literacy Instruction; School Law
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 224
  • Example Classes:
    Differentiation and Diversity; Issues in Education; Literacy Assessment and Teacher Practice; Teaching Students At Risk; Technology in Education; The Brain and Best Practice Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 801
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management; Curriculum Theory Development and Revision in Elementary Education; Education in the Intermediate Grades; Effective Instruction in the Elementary School; Literacy Instruction in Elementary Education; Psychology of Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,240
  • Example Classes:
    Group Counseling in a School Setting; Human Development and Learning in the Cultural Context; Individual Counseling in a School Setting; Legal Issues in School Counseling; Multicultural Counseling in a School Setting; Testing and Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $6,362
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,653
  • Example Classes:
    Creating a Professional Learning Community; Curriculum; Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom; Leading Instruction; Learning and Education; Utilizing Data for School Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $6,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 98
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment & Evaluation for Student Growth; Classroom & Behavior Management; Cooperative Teaching and Team Processes in Education; Design & Implementation of Curriculum; Education in a Pluralistic Society; Teaching Strategies for Student Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $6,740
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,044
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Learning Theory; Curriculum Design and Development; Diversity in Adult Education; Evaluating School Programs; Instructional Methods; Learning Theories (K-12)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 655
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Leadership in Higher Education; History and Philosophy of American Higher Education; Law and Higher Education; Planning and Financial Management of Colleges and Universities; The College Student: Issues, Policies and Programs; Understanding and Applying Research in Higher Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,795
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,335
  • Example Classes:
    Andragogy and Distance Education; Digital Communication; Educational Technology Theory and Practice; Ethics and Issues in Educational Technology; Multimedia Applications; Transforming Learning with Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 220
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Accountability Teacher Leaders; Culturally Responsive Practices for Teacher Leaders; Curriculum Design and Practices for Teacher Leaders; Teacher Leaders as Transformers of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 33
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Learning; Current Issues in Education; Curriculum Design and Development; Educational Assessment; Implementing Instructional Strategies; The Teacher Leader
  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,120
  • Example Classes:
    Comprehension Strategies, Assessment & Intervention; Curriculum Development and Transformation; Educational Leadership; Research Methods for Educational Leaders; Teaching for Diversity & Social Justice; Writing Strategies, Assessment & Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $7,035
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,105
  • Example Classes:
    Current Topics in Educational Technology: Innovative Instruction and Leadership; Digital Citizenship: Internet Legal Issues, Copyright and Fair Use; Instructional Design; Multimedia Tools for Educators; Online Pedagogy; Supporting Learners in Diverse Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $7,110
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 890
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues and Philosophical Precedents; Curriculum Design and Evaluations; Development, Gender and Cultural Differences; The Integrated Curriculum; Theories of Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,357
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Data Driven Instruction; Curriculum Development for Improving P-12 Learning; Developing Professional Learning Communities; Instructional Supervision for Improving P-12 Learning; Leading Literacy Programs P-12; Tests and Measurement
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 203
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Intervention; Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner; Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood; Law and Policy in American Education; Multicultural & Diversity Education; Technology for Educators
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