2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Elementary Education

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This list comprises the 25 most affordable online options for master's in elementary education programs. All of the colleges listed have annual tuition rates of less than $7,000 per year. Western Illinois University ranks #1, with an annual tuition rate of $4,854. University of North Alabama has a tuition rate of $5,542, ranking #8 on the list. Delta State University, ranked #24, costs only $6,681.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,854
#2 #2 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,208
#3 #3 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,227
#4 #4 American College of Education Annual Tuition $5,327
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Bluefield College Annual Tuition $5,475
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Hannibal-LaGrange University Annual Tuition $5,475
#7 #7 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525
#8 #8 University of North Alabama Annual Tuition $5,542
#9 #9 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,550
#10 #10 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $5,880
#11 #11 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,910
#12 #12 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $5,945
#13 #13 University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $5,952
#14 #14 Drury University Annual Tuition $6,103
#15 #15 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,112
#16 #16 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,277
#17 #17 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#18 #18 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $6,370
#19 #19 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,444
#20 #20 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,464
#21 #21 Minnesota State University at Mankato Annual Tuition $6,582
#22 #22 Marshall University Annual Tuition $6,584
#23 #23 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,615
#24 #24 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,681
#25 #25 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,738
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,854
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,830
  • 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: $5,208
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • 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: $5,227
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • 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: $5,327
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,844
  • 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: $5,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth; Classroom Management and Behavior in a Diverse Society; Foundations of Special Education; Teaching Strategies for Student Learning; Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 55
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment & Evaluation in Education; Elementary/Secondary Curriculum & Instruction; School Law; School Supervision
  • Annual Tuition: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • 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: $5,542
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,079
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,811
  • 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: $5,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • Example Classes:
    Culturally Responsive Teaching; Effective Interaction; ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods; Middle School Philosophy; Research Analysis Teaching; Social/Environment Foundations
  • Annual Tuition: $5,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • 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: $5,945
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 157
  • 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: $5,952
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,976
  • 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: $6,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 239
  • Example Classes:
    Academic Writing and Digital Literacy; History, Security & Ethics of Technology; Improvement of K-12 Mathematics Instruction; Introduction to Educational Research; Leadership Techniques; Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms
  • Annual Tuition: $6,112
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 953
  • 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: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 643
  • 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: HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,961
  • 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: $6,370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,553
  • Example Classes:
    Applying Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning; Current Issues and Special Topics for Teacher Leaders; Healthful Living for the Elementary Educator Seminar; Leading Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Populations; Literacy and the Language Arts for K-9; Math Content for Elementary Teachers II
  • Annual Tuition: $6,444
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,668
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,464
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • 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: $6,582
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,973
  • 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: $6,584
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,032
  • 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: $6,615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • 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: $6,681
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 821
  • Example Classes:
    Education in the Intermediate Grades; Effective Instruction in the Elementary School; Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education; Historical Foundations of Educational Thought & Curriculum Methodology; Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School; Practicum in Elementary Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,738
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • 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
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