2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Special Education Degrees

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These eight online colleges and universities offer the most affordable special education programs at the bachelor’s level. Three schools have tuition rates under $10,000, and the average tuition rate of all of these schools is $9,003 per year. Western Governors University offers a low-cost B.A. in Special Education at a tuition rate of $5,780 per year. Classes cover topics such as behavioral intervention, classroom management, and instructional planning.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online master's in special education programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780
#2 #2 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $8,550
#3 #3 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,728
#4 #4 Notre Dame College Annual Tuition $13,500
#5 #5 City University of Seattle Annual Tuition $15,300
#6 #6 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $16,161
#7 #7 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $21,970
#8 #8 Fontbonne University Annual Tuition $24,250
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Behavioral Management and Intervention; Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation; Instructional Planning and Presentation in Elementary and Special Education; Language Arts Instruction and Intervention; Psychoeducational Assessment Practices and IEP Development/Implementation

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Augmented & Alternative Comm; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Behavior Modification & Management; Emotional Disturbance.; Learning Disabilities; Special Education Law
  • Annual Tuition: $8,728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children; Families of Individuals with Disabilities; Language and Literacy: Students with Disabilities; Legal Aspects of Special Education; Psychology & Education of Exceptional Children; Systematic Interventions for Challenging Behaviors
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Correction of Reading Disabilities; Collaborative Teaming; Instructional Strategies in Mild Moderate; Psychology of Students with Special Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Autism; Behavioral Analysis and Management; Content: Exceptionality in Special Education; Content: Fundamentals of the IEP Process; Special Education: Low-Incidence Students; Student Assessment and Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $16,161
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management; Nature and Needs; NES SPED Content Knowledge; Student Growth/Development
  • Annual Tuition: $21,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing Students with Disabilities; Communication and Collaboration in Special Education; Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers; Instructional Programming in Special Education; Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the General and Adapted Curricula; Technology in Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $24,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis and Correction of Math Disabilities; Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities; Mild and Moderate Disabilities in Special Education: Identification and Instruction; Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child; Survey of Learners with Exceptionalities
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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.