2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Educational Leadership

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These schools offer the most affordable options for online master's degrees in educational leadership. The average tuition for all 25 colleges is just $5,441. Buena Vista University is the least expensive, at $3,750 per year. American College of Education comes in a close second place, also offering a Master of Education in Educational Leadership for under $4,000 per year. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus rounds off the list, offering distance learners a choice of a Master of Education in Education Administration or a Master of Science in Physical Education - Sports Administration for a very reasonable $6,364.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Buena Vista University Annual Tuition $3,750
#2 #2 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,917
#3 #3 Howard Payne University Annual Tuition $4,125
#4 #4 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $4,395
#5 #5 Evangel University Annual Tuition $4,500
#6 #6 Northwestern College - IA Annual Tuition $4,875
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,179
#8 #8 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,208
#9 #9 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,227
#10 #10 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $5,400
#11 #11 Hannibal-LaGrange University Annual Tuition $5,475
#12 #12 University of North Alabama Annual Tuition $5,542
#13 #13 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $5,566
#14 #14 University of Sioux Falls Annual Tuition $5,775
#15 #15 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $5,870
#16 #16 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $5,880
#17 #17 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,910
#18 #18 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $5,925
#19 #19 William Woods University Annual Tuition $5,950
#20 #20 Drury University Annual Tuition $6,103
#21 #21 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $6,165
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Annual Tuition $6,300
#24 #24 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,325
#25 #25 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,364
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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; Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners; Effective Coaching and Instructional Design; Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
  • Annual Tuition: $3,917
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,844
  • Example Classes:
    Community Engagement, Outreach, and Collaboration; Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments; Global Perspectives; Grants Writing for Leaders; Law and Policy; Management of Human Capital
  • Annual Tuition: $4,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 91
  • Example Classes:
    Budget and Fiscal Management; Curriculum Alignment and Management Procedures; Data Driven Decision Making Processes; Learning Communities and Professional Development; School Law and Ethics; Student Success through Communication and Collaboration
  • Annual Tuition: $4,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Research Methodology; Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Integration; Managing Resources for School Improvement; School Culture, Change & Organizational Dynamics; Technology Leadership for School Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 194
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Administration of Instructional Programs; Administration of Special Programs; Communications for Effective Leadership; School Law and Ethics; The Principalship
  • Annual Tuition: $4,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 161
  • Example Classes:
    Instructional Strategies for Diverse Students and Settings; Peer Assessment and Instructional Coaching; Teacher as Leader; Teaching Young Children with Diverse Needs; Technology Coaching and Leadership; Trends and Issues in 21st Century Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Diversity; Educational Finance; School and Community Relations; School Law; Special Education for School Leaders; Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel
  • Annual Tuition: $5,208
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • Example Classes:
    Diversity in the Classroom; Education, Law and Society; Family/School Collaboration; Leading with Data; Multimedia in Education; Teaching in a Multicultural Society
  • Annual Tuition: $5,227
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment & Evaluation; Advanced Curriculum Development and Assessment; Classroom Discipline and Motivation; Contemporary Instruction: Theory into Practice; Content Area Literacy; Differentiation in K-12 Learning Environments
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    Leadership Theory and Practice; Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues; Multicultural Education Perspectives; Organizational Theory & Practice; School Community Relations; Teacher Leader II: Improving School Performance
  • Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 55
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment & Evaluation in Education; Class Action Research; Educational Administration Research School Improvement Plan; School Business Management & School Facilities; School Law; School Supervision
  • Annual Tuition: $5,542
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,079
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research for Professionals; Globalization and Society; Leadership, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution; Organizations, Institutions, and Change; Professional Communications; Professional Ethics in a Multicultural World
  • Annual Tuition: $5,566
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 892
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics and Decision Making for Educational Leaders; Issues in Psychology and Measurement; Leadership with Technology; Organization of American Schools; School Finance; School Law
  • Annual Tuition: $5,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 273
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Management; Foundations of Postsecondary Education; Internship in Adult and Higher Education; Managing Organizational Dynamics; Quality Assurance in Higher Education; Sociology of Adult Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,870
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 868
  • Example Classes:
    Continuous Improvement; Equity and Differentiation; Management and Compliance; School Improvement/Capstone; Stakeholder Relationships; Support and Removing Barriers
  • Annual Tuition: $5,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Special Programs; Fundamentals of Educational Leadership; Public School Law; School Resource Management; Synthesis of Educational Leadership; The School Principalship K-12
  • Annual Tuition: $5,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Data-Informed Decision Making; Human Resources Development; Leadership for Communities and Stakeholders; Leadership for Continuous Improvement; Statistical Methods in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,842
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Learning Theories and Foundations; Data Analysis and Use for Leaders; Diversity in Education; Educational Policy and Administration; Financial Resources; Introduction to Doctorate Level Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,103
  • Example Classes:
    Athletics/Activities Administration: Developing Character & Citizenship; Athletics/Activities Program Promotion; Current Issues/Common Challenges in Athletics/Activities Administration; Practical Aspects of Athletic/Activities Administration; Sports Law; Supervision of the Athletics/Activities Program
  • Annual Tuition: $6,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 239
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology & Assessment; Developing and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities; Leadership Techniques; Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Society; The Sociological Foundations of Educational Practices
  • Annual Tuition: $6,165
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,507
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation; Diversity in Educational Settings; Educational Research and Evaluation; Leadership in the Instructional Setting; Political and Legal Aspects of Education; The Principalship
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,961
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning; Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations; Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation; Supervision of Instruction; Technology Leadership in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 886
  • Example Classes:
    Data-based Decision Making for Instruction; Inclusive Pedagogical Practices; Leadership and Cultural Competence; Principalship; School Finance & Resource Allocation; Supervision and Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,325
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,693
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Management; Fundamentals of Leadership and Technology; Internship in Principal; Leadership for Accountability; Organization & Management Issues; School Community Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $6,364
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • Example Classes:
    American Curriculum History; Curriculum: Theory into Practice; Personnel; School Law; Systems Communication; Theories of Learning and Motivation
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