2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Elementary Education

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These 24 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in elementary education, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $8,000. Ranked #1, the University of New Mexico charges $4,583 per year for their Master of Arts in Elementary Education. Available courses include Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society, Effective Teaching and Student Learning, Principles of Curriculum Development, Process of Reflection and Inquiry, Research Applications to Education, and Social Justice in Education. Ranked #2, Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus offers a Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - Elementary Education at a tuition rate of $4,671 annually.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in elementary education degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of New Mexico $4,583
# 2 #2 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $4,671
# 3 #3 Missouri State University $5,015
# 4 #4 Western Illinois University $5,097
# 5 #5 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University $5,475
# 7 #7 University of Central Missouri $5,488
# 8 #8 Mississippi College $5,749
# 9 #9 University of Missouri $5,790
# 10 #10 University of North Alabama $5,950
# 11 #11 William Carey University $6,000
# 12 #12 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 13 (tie) #13 (tie) American Public University System $6,300
# 13 (tie) #13 (tie) University of Alabama $6,300
# 15 #15 Georgia Southern University $6,444
# 16 #16 University of the Cumberlands $6,615
# 17 #17 Pittsburg State University $6,630
# 18 #18 Emporia State University $6,793
# 19 #19 Marshall University $6,810
# 20 #20 Minnesota State University at Mankato $6,839
# 21 #21 Western Governors University $7,080
# 22 #22 The University of West Florida $7,080
# 23 #23 University of Southern Mississippi $7,186
# 24 #24 Barry University $7,308
#1
#1

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,761
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111

Example Classes: Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society, Effective Teaching and Student Learning, Principles of Curriculum Development, Process of Reflection and Inquiry, Research Applications to Education, Social Justice in Education

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1070
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,693
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

Example Classes: Creativity Across the Curriculum, Critical Pedagogy in Educational Reform, Graduate Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Instructional Leadership, Teacher as Researcher, Teaching Multicultural of the SW

#3
#3

Missouri State University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $5,015
Annual Tuition: $5,015
Annual Tuition: $5,015
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1018 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 952
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,202
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 836-5000

Example Classes: Advanced Theory and Practice in Student Assessment and Evaluation, Contemporary Issues in Elementary Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School, Educational Research Methodology, Problems in Education, Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $5,097
Annual Tuition: $5,097
Annual Tuition: $5,097
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 542
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 417
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (309) 295-1414

Example Classes: Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities, Inquiry into Science Assessment in the Elementary Classroom, Language Arts for Diverse Learners, Phonics for Decoding and Spelling, Recent Trends and Research in Elementary Education, Social Studies Curriculum

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,131
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,871
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

Example Classes: Advanced Applications of Numbers, Number Systems, and Operations for K-5 Teachers, Curriculum and Instructional Strategies P-5, Differentiating Instruction in P-5 Classrooms, Elementary Inclusive Environments, Integrating Creativity and Critical Thinking in Elementary Education, Teachers as Mentors, Coaches, and Leaders in Elementary Education

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,356
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 456
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

Example Classes: Communication Intervention and Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diagnosis and Remediation of Difficulties in Learning Mathematics, Inquiry & Research Model Used to Improve Reading, Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education, Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children, Understanding and Applying the Multi-dimensional Processes of Reading

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $5,488
Annual Tuition: $5,488
Annual Tuition: $5,488
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 394
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 748
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (660) 543-4111

Example Classes: Advanced Foundations of Childhood Education, Childhood Curriculum & Assessment, Childhood Research & Development, Exemplary Instructional Practices, Leadership & Analysis of Teaching Children, MSE Internship for Childhood Educators

#8
#8

Mississippi College

Clinton (MS)
Annual Tuition: $5,749
Annual Tuition: $5,749
Annual Tuition: $5,749
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1236
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 225
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 925-3000

Example Classes: Current Methodology in Elementary Education, Diagnostic/Prescriptive Reading, History of Education in the United States, Social Studies Education in the Elementary School

#9
#9

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $5,790
Annual Tuition: $5,790
Annual Tuition: $5,790
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

Example Classes: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Managing Classrooms for Learning, Meeting the Needs of All Learners

#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 594
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,023
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Advanced Studies in Assessment of Early Childhood and Elementary Learners, Applied Action Research for Educators, Issues in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, The Master Teacher

#11
#11

William Carey University

Hattiesburg (MS)
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 262
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 318-6051

Example Classes: Current Trends in Teaching Reading, Elementary School Mathematics, Historical/Philosophical Foundations of Education, Integration of Content Curriculum, Science in the Elementary School, Teacher as Researcher

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Effective Interaction, ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods, Middle School Philosophy, Research Analysis Teaching, Social/Environment Foundations

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

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

#13
#13

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,198
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,588
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010

Example Classes: Computer Based Instruction, Elementary School Curriculum, Evaluation of Classroom Learning, Guiding Pupil Learning, Introduction to Educational Research, Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth

#15
#15

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro (GA)
Annual Tuition: $6,444
Annual Tuition: $6,444
Annual Tuition: $6,444
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,168
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (912) 478-5391

Example Classes: Action Research in Elementary Settings, Advanced Mathematics Methods, Advanced Social Studies Methods, Teaching Communication Across Cultures, Teaching Writing in the Elementary School, Transforming Learning with Technology

#16
#16

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,615
Annual Tuition: $6,615
Annual Tuition: $6,615
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

Example Classes: Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction for Students with Disabilities, Classroom Behavior Management for Special Student Populations, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Educational Technology, Research Methods in Education, Seminar: Methodology of Teaching

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 126
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 231-7000

Example Classes: Advanced Developmental Psychology, Advanced Methods and Instructional Materials for English Language Learners, Assessment in Special Education, Content Literacy for Middle and Secondary Teachers, Developmental Reading Instruction

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $6,793
Annual Tuition: $6,793
Annual Tuition: $6,793
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1178
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 180
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,815
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 341-1200

Example Classes: Best Practices in Elementary Mathematics, Classroom Management and Student Motivation, Differentiating Instruction, Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching

#19
#19

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 870
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 710
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 642-3463

Example Classes: Advanced Studies in Human Development, Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area, Educational Evaluation, Elementary Mathematics Methods and Supervised Field Practicum K-6, Geometry for Mathematics Educators, Qualitative Research in Education

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $6,839
Annual Tuition: $6,839
Annual Tuition: $6,839
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 654
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (507) 389-1866

Example Classes: Assessment & Instructional Strategies in Elementary Mathematics, Early Literacy Practices in the Diverse Classroom, Integrating 21st Century Skills in the Diverse Classroom, Preparing Students to Read, Scholarly Writing, Teacher as Researcher: Classroom Inquiry

#21
#21

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 88,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 32,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

Example Classes: Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods, Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation, Elementary Disciplinary Literacy, Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners, Language Arts Instruction and Intervention, Principles of Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development for Educators

#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,504
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Methods in Math, Science and Social Studies, Effective Teaching and Instruction, ESOL Principles and Practices, Exceptionalities, Literature for Children and Young Adults, Methods of Advanced Language Arts and Writing

#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $7,186
Annual Tuition: $7,186
Annual Tuition: $7,186
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,580
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 959
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 266-1000

Example Classes: Curriculum in the Elementary School, Elementary Mathematics Methods, Research In Reading, Seminar in Early Childhood Education, Social Studies Education in Elementary School, Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary Grades

#24
#24

Barry University

Miami Shores (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,308
Annual Tuition: $7,308
Annual Tuition: $7,308
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 139
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 249
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 756-6000

Example Classes: Community Based Teaching and Learning, Historical and Contemporary Issues in Curriculum And Instruction, Mentoring and Collegial Coaching, Pedagogical Principles and Practices, Reading, Literacy, and Thinking Skills, Teaching Early and Middle Childhood Social Studies