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

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These 26 schools offer the most affordable online Master's in Elementary Education programs. With the lowest tuition, American College of Education is ranked #1 for an annual tuition of $3,995 and offers such as a Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching and a Master of Education in Elementary Education. Ranked #6, Western Illinois University offers a Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education with specializations in elementary curriculum and literacy education for a tuition of $5,604 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in elementary 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 $3,995
#2 #2 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,845
#3 #3 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,103
#4 #4 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,302
#5 #5 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,550
#6 #6 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $5,604
#7 #7 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,775
#8 #8 University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $5,806
#9 #9 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $5,925
#10 #10 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,112
#11 #11 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#12 #12 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#13 #13 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $6,363
#14 #14 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,583
#15 #15 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $6,600
#16 #16 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,615
#17 #17 University of Alabama in Huntsville Annual Tuition $6,732
#18 #18 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $6,909
#19 #19 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $6,915
#20 #20 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,044
#21 #21 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $7,065
#22 #22 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $7,335
#23 #23 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $7,470
#24 #24 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,500
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $7,650
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,650
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,995
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,023
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Strategies for Improving Learner Outcomes; Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity; Foundations of Education; Standards-Driven Learning; The Digital Educator; The Digital Learner
  • Annual Tuition: $4,845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,293
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,302
  • 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; 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,737
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,953
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,140
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,806
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,938
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,374
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Foundations of Reading Instruction; Introduction to Educational Research; Practicum in Schools; Science in the Elementary School; Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • Annual Tuition: $6,112
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 931
  • Example Classes:
    Diversity in Education; Multicultural Literature; Philosophy of Education; Research in Education; Social Foundations of Education; Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • 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 & Emotional Disabilities; Curriculum Development; Educational Philosophy; Research Design & Data Analysis; School Law
  • 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: $6,363
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,693
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues and Special Topics for Teacher Leaders; Leading Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Populations; Measurement, Assessment, and Action Research for Teacher Leaders; Teacher Leader Internship Seminar; Teaching and Leading Literacy Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,583
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,103
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 972
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom and Group Management; Emergent Literacy; Learning Theory; Methods in Education; Survey of Exceptional Individuals; Teaching and Learning for Diverse Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $6,615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,376
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Literature; Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction for Students with Disabilities; Classroom Behavior Management for Special Student Populations; Educational Psychology; Family Life; Human Diversity and Ethics
  • Annual Tuition: $6,732
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,853
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cognitive Psychology; Applied Multiculturalism; Curriculum Integration of Technology; Differentiated Instruction for Special Populations; Differentiated Strategies for Research and Teaching for English Language Learners (ELL); Using Assessment to Guide Differentiated Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $6,909
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,044
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 144
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research; Exceptionality, Diversity, and Difference; Field Design and Implementation; Literacy as Communication in Elementary; Supervision and Assessment of Teachers & Learners; Teaching with 21st Century Tools
  • Annual Tuition: $7,044
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,151
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,065
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,711
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum in the Elementary School; Elementary Mathematics Methods; Ethics and Good Living; General Psychology; Introduction to Philosophy; Research In Reading
  • Annual Tuition: $7,335
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,278
  • Example Classes:
    Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary School; Science Research and Teaching Ethics; Science/Technology: Society Perspectives; Social Studies Curriculum Development, K-12; Technology Integration through Capstone Experience; Twenty-First Century Teaching and Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $7,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,812
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis and Improvement of Science Instruction in the Elementary School; Educational Research; Foundations of Instructional Psychology; Integrated Activities in Elementary School STEM; Issues and Trends in Curriculum; Methods and Materials in Literacy Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,687
  • Example Classes:
    Instructional Planning in the Elementary School; Language Development in Elementary School; Microcomputing Systems; Nature and Needs of Exceptional Child and Youth; Trends and Practices in Teaching Reading; Trends in Teaching Mathematics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,517
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum for Teacher Leaders; Discipline and Classroom Management; Exceptional Learners in the Regular Classroom; Foundations of Multicultural Education; Leading Achievement Change; Literacy Programs: P-5
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,045
  • Example Classes:
    Crucial Issues in Education; Elements of Qualitative Educational Research; Historical, Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Literacy; Literacy Assessment Analysis and Instructional Decision Making; Social Foundations of Education; Teacher Leadership and School Change for Instructional Coaches
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