2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Educational Leadership

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The 25 online colleges on the list below offer the most reasonable tuition rates for an online master's degrees in educational leadership. All the annual tuition rates for the colleges on this list are under $7,500 a year. Ranked #1 on the list is American College of Education. It offers 5 different online master's degrees at a very affordable annual rate of $3,995. Chadron State College, at #11, has 7 different online master's degrees, with a heavy focus on Pre-K through 12th grade education.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 American College of Education Annual Tuition $3,995
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $4,395
#3 #3 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,053
#4 #4 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,103
#5 #5 Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $5,292
#6 #6 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $5,540
#7 #7 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,625
#8 #8 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $5,745
#9 #9 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $5,925
#10 #10 East Central University Annual Tuition $5,977
#11 #11 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#12 #12 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#13 #13 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380
#14 #14 Graceland University Annual Tuition $6,405
#15 #15 Drury University Annual Tuition $6,462
#16 #16 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $6,570
#17 #17 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,653
#18 #18 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,800
#19 #19 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,876
#20 #20 Alcorn State University Annual Tuition $6,888
#21 #21 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,894
#22 #22 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $6,930
#23 #23 Augusta University Annual Tuition $7,200
#24 #24 Oral Roberts University Annual Tuition $7,328
#25 #25 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $7,380
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,995
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $4,395
  • 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: $5,053
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $5,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $5,292
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,246
  • Example Classes:
    Administration and Supervision of Special Education; Curriculum Management; Planning and Resource Allocation; School and Community Relations; Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching; Theories of Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $5,540
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 745
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Bilingual/ELL Education; History, Politics and Law in Bilingual/ELL Education; Instructional Improvement/Staff Development; Leadership in School Change; School Business Management; School Law and Personnel
  • Annual Tuition: $5,625
  • 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: $5,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,932
  • Example Classes:
    Culturally Responsible School and Community Relations; Instructional Supervision and Evaluation for Academic Excellence; Introduction to Comparative Leadership in Rural and Urban Schools; Leadership Coaching; Leadership for Social Justice in Rural and Urban Schools; School Finance and Human Resource Allocation
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $5,977
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 727
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Technology Strategies; Classroom Behavior Modification; Modern Philosophies of Education; Public School Finance; The Middle School: Philosophy and Organization; The Principalship
  • Annual Tuition: $6,277
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 643
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Development; Educational Philosophy; Personnel Administration; School Administration and Leadership; School Law; Supervision of Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 20,328
  • Example Classes:
    Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership for Principals; Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management for Educational Leaders; Performance Excellence Criteria for Educational Leaders; Process Management for Educational Leaders; Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus for Educational Leaders; Workforce Focus for Educational Leaders

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,405
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 784
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Program Evaluation; Conflict Resolution Strategies; Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences; Fostering Productive Leadership Communication and Relationship Building Skills; Leadership Foundations: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Change; Technology Tools and Strategies for Leaders
  • Annual Tuition: $6,462
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $6,570
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 314
  • Example Classes:
    Adults as Learners; Assessment, Learning, and Action Research; Building Professional and Community Relations; Ethical Leadership; Personal Leadership Skills and Team Building; Student-Centered Differentiated Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,653
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 227
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Instructional Practices for Teacher Leaders; Advanced Technology Practices for Teacher Leaders; Assessment and Accountability Practices for Teacher Leaders; Culturally Responsive Practices for Teacher Leaders; Curriculum Design and Practices for Teacher Leaders; Teacher Leaders as Transformers of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,876
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 953
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Computer-based Instructional Technology; Diversity Issues in Education; Leading Change for Student Learning; Leading for Learning; Management of the Learning Organization
  • Annual Tuition: $6,888
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 595
  • Example Classes:
    Delivery of Instruction in Industrial & Vocational Education; History & Philosophy of Industrial Education; Industrial Management & Organization Behavior; Instructional Design for Industry; Managing Multimedia Learning Environments; Philosophy and Administration of Vocational Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,852
  • Example Classes:
    Communication And Community Relations For School Leaders; Critical Analysis of Policy, Theory, and Praxis for Educational Leaders; Data Analysis School Leaders; Human Resources, Law, and Ethics for School Leaders; Leading 21st Century Teaching and Learning; Research and Analytics to Lead School Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,618
  • Example Classes:
    Continuous Improvement in Schools; Creating Student Success; Culture, Diversity, and the School; Operations and Management at the School Level; School Law and Ethics; Technology in the Learning Environment
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,805
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum and Program Design for Developing Talents; Developing Outstanding Talents and Potentials; Grants Writing: Resources for P-12 Learning; Identifying Outstanding Talents and Potentials; Instructional Supervision for Improving P-12 Learning; Leading the Learning Environment
  • Annual Tuition: $7,328
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 564
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence; Curriculum/Instructional Design and School Services; Human Resources in Education; Organization and Administration of Christian Schools; Organization and Administration of Public Schools; Organization and Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Individuals

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,668
  • Example Classes:
    Learning, Cognition, and Curriculum; Legal and Ethical Issues in School Leadership; Managing Human Capital; Politics of P-12 Public Education; Transformational School Leadership; Utilizing Data in Leadership
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