2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Education

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This list ranks 25 colleges offering an online master's degree in education for less than $7,000 a year for students seeking the most affordable option to continue or start their careers in education. Ranked #1, American College of Education offers master's degrees in education for only $3,760 per year, and students can choose from 45 specializations. Chadron State College, Peru State College, and Wayne State College, all tie for 20th place with a tuition of $6,277 per year. Ranked #17, East Central University offers 8 different Master of Education degrees.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 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 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,760
#2 #2 Morningside College Annual Tuition $4,500
#3 #3 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $4,579
#4 #4 Dickinson State University Annual Tuition $4,617
#5 #5 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,845
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,010
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,053
#8 #8 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,103
#9 #9 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#10 #10 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,400
#11 #11 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,550
#12 #12 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $5,604
#13 #13 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616
#14 #14 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,617
#15 #15 Minot State University Annual Tuition $5,652
#16 #16 University of Sioux Falls Annual Tuition $5,950
#17 #17 East Central University Annual Tuition $5,977
#18 #18 Henderson State University Annual Tuition $5,982
#19 #19 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $6,267
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Peru State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Wayne State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#23 #23 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#24 #24 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,318
#25 #25 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,760
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,023
  • 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: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,490
  • Example Classes:
    Instructional Technology; Interpreting and Reporting Educational Research; Issues in Education; Learning in Educational Settings
  • Annual Tuition: $4,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19
  • 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: $4,617
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7
  • 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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  • Annual Tuition: $4,845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,293
  • 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: $5,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,400
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Intervention and Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Curriculum, Methods, & Program Management in Early Childhood Education; Family / School Collaboration; Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education; Language Acquisition for the Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $5,053
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,379
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Appraisal; Children's Literature; Classroom Management; Cultural Diversity; Curriculum & Assessment; Data Analysis and Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $5,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • Example Classes:
    Childhood Curriculum & Assessment; Childhood Research & Development; Coordination of Cooperative Education; Creative Thinking for a Better World; Curriculum Construction in Career and Technical Instruction; Education of the Exceptional Child
  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,506
  • 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: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 501
  • 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: $5,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,737
  • 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: $5,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,953
  • 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: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,081
  • Example Classes:
    Governance in Higher Education; Institutional Assessment and Program Effectiveness; Integrating Language, Literacy and Technology across Content Area; Literacy Engagement through Writing; Literacy, Development, and Practices in the Digital Age; Literature Based Reading
  • Annual Tuition: $5,617
  • 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: $5,652
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 284
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Practice; Consultation and Supervision in SPED; Psychoeducational Aspects of Exceptional Children; Special Education Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • 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: $5,977
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 762
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Children’s Literature; Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties; Identification of and Strategies for Students with Behavior Disorders; Literacy Leadership and Coaching; Non-Traditional Assessment; Treatment of Reading Difficulties
  • Annual Tuition: $5,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 428
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Strategies for Educational Leaders; Educational Law & Political Systems; Leadership of Curriculum & Instruction; School Finance & Resource Management; Technology for Communication; Technology for School Leaders
  • Annual Tuition: $6,267
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,266
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Instructional Strategy & Mentoring; Principles of Curriculum Construction; Sociocultural Factors Affecting Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,277
  • 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; General Botany & Lab; General Zoology & Lab

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,277
  • 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: $6,277
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 518
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Current Issues & Trends in Education; History and Philosophy of Education; School Law: Constitutional Aspects & Cases
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,473
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management for the 21st Century; Critical Perspectives on Diversity and Culture; Education Law, Ethics, and Politics; Maximizing Student Achievement Through Effective Assessment; Meaningful Inclusive Instruction and Co-Teaching; Powerful Technology Applications for the Active Learning Environments
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 15,769
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment for Student Learning; Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation; Cultural Studies and Diversity; Differentiated Instruction; Educational Psychology; Elementary Disciplinary Literacy
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