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

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The following 25 schools are the most affordable online programs in special education, all offering a Master’s Degree in Special Education that costs less than $7,000 per year. Morningside College ranks #1 with an annual tuition of only $4,500. Texas Tech University and University of Central Arkansas are tied at #13, costing an affordable $5,850 per year. Texas Tech University offers 8 different master’s degrees in special education, including a Master of Special Education - Visual Impairment and a Master of Special Education - Deaf Education.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Morningside College Annual Tuition $4,500
#2 #2 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,845
#3 #3 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,964
#4 #4 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $5,037
#5 #5 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,053
#6 #6 Henderson State University Annual Tuition $5,265
#7 #7 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#8 #8 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,304
#9 #9 Minot State University Annual Tuition $5,355
#10 #10 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,400
#11 #11 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,550
#12 #12 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,617
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $5,850
#13 (tie) #13 (tie) University of Central Arkansas Annual Tuition $5,850
#15 #15 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $5,925
#16 #16 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,009
#17 #17 Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $6,150
#18 #18 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $6,267
#19 #19 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#20 #20 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380
#21 #21 Drury University Annual Tuition $6,462
#22 #22 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,615
#23 #23 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,851
#24 #24 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,894
#25 #25 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $6,990
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,581
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Behavior Analysis; Educational Assessment; Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities; Language Development and Communication Disorders; Special Education Law; Teaching Children with Autism: Intensive Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $4,845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment to Support Individuals with Developmental and Sensory Disabilities; Braille Reading and Writing; Impact of Contemporary Issues and Diversity in Special Education; Low Vision, Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye; Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities; Services and Diversity in Blindness and Low Vision and Additional Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $4,964
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,458
  • Example Classes:
    A Family-focused Approach for Providing Services to Families With Children Identified as Exceptional; Assessment of Young Children (Birth to 8) With Exceptional Learning Needs; Curriculum and Methods for Infant/toddler Early Intervention; Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners With Exceptional Learning Needs; Instructional Strategies: Young Children (Birth Through 8) at Risk and With Exceptional Learning Needs; Typical and Atypical Development in Children Birth to Five
  • Annual Tuition: $5,037
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 745
  • Example Classes:
    Human Relations; Individualized Diagnostic Assessment; Introduction to Educational Research; Practicum in Special Education; Special Education Law; Vocational, Motor Skills, and Assistive Technology Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $5,053
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management in Schools; Characteristics of Early Childhood Special Education; Cultural Diversity; Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education; Strategies in Gifted Special Education; Theories of Exceptionalities and Diversity
  • Annual Tuition: $5,265
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 499
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods of Instructing Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities; Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention; Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Special Education; Behavior Management; Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Special Education Law
  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics of Students with Low Incidence Disabilities; Collaborative Roles in Education; Integrated Instruction: Individual Education Programs; Physical & Health Manage of Students with Disabilities; Positive Behavior Support; Systematic Instruction
  • Annual Tuition: $5,304
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,153
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Special Education; Basic Curriculum and Methods: General Curriculum; Classroom Behavior Management; Collaboration in Special Education; Educational Characteristics of Learners: Mild Disabilities; Practicum I: Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 276
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support; Family and Community Systems in Early Intervention; Infant/Toddler Development; Methods of Teaching ECSE; Methods of Teaching the Learning Disabled; Physical and Medical Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 447
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management of Exceptional Children; Behavior Modification for Special Education Students; Characteristics & Instructional Strategies for Teaching Mildly Disabled; Curriculum for Gifted Education; Exceptional Children; Instructional Methods in Gifted Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,811
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management; Intellectual Disabilities; Learning Disabilities; Organizational Procedures for Special Education; Teaching Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities; Teaching Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $5,617
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 821
  • Example Classes:
    Education of Young Children with Exceptional Learning Needs; Fundamentals of Effective Teaching in Special Education Advanced Instructional Planning in Special Education; Programming for Adolescents with Mild/Moderate Exceptional Learning Needs; Programming for Individuals with Severe/Multiple Disabilities; Special Education Assessment; Teaching for Inclusion
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,588
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education; Children and Youth with High Incidence Disabilities; Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Children; Exceptional Children and Youth; Human Development in Education; Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,871
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management and Analysis in Special Education; Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading Difficulties; Educational Programming for Students with Significant Disabilities K-12; Math and Science for Diverse Learners; Multisensory Approach to Language; Philosophical, Historical, and Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,842
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Consultation Special Education; Ethical Issues for Professional Educators of Exceptional Learners; Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities; Learners & Disability: Education Assessment; Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties; Teaching Students with Math or Language Difficulties
  • Annual Tuition: $6,009
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management Techniques; Curriculum Construction in a Multicultural Society; Educational Assessment; Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children; Techniques of Teaching the Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical; Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs
  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 272
  • Example Classes:
    Autism Spectrum Pedagogy; Differentiation and Diversity; Issues in Education; RTI: Response to Intervention; Teaching Students At Risk; Technology in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,267
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,197
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Disorders in Child; Communication & Culture; Counseling Parents of Exceptional Child; Diagnosis of Exceptional Child; Organization & Administration of Special Education; Social & Cultural Dynamics of the Southwest
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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; Living and Learning with Exceptional Students; Maximizing Student Achievement Through Effective Assessment; Meaningful Inclusive Instruction and Co-Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 20,328
  • Example Classes:
    Behavioral Management and Intervention; Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation; Foundations of Instructional Design; Instructional Design Production; Instructional Models and Design, Supervision and Culturally Responsive Teaching; Instructional Planning and Presentation in Elementary and Special Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,462
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 239
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Analysis and Intervention; Correction of Mathematical Difficulties; Counseling Parents of Exceptional Children; Evaluation of Abilities & Achievements; Language Development of the Exceptional Child; Methods of Teaching Students Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $6,615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • Example Classes:
    Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction for Students with Disabilities; Classroom Behavior Management for Special Student Populations; Diversity in a Multicultural Society; Educational Psychology; Legal Aspects, Rules and Regulations of Special Education; Teaching Math to Learners with Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $6,851
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis; Assessment in Autism, Special Education; High Functioning Students with Autism; Methods of Instruction for Students with Autism; Social Competency for Students with Autism; Young Children with Autism
  • Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,852
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment for Diverse Learners; Data-Based Inquiry; Explicit Approaches to Literacy Instruction for P-12 Students with Disabilities; Foundations of Special Education; Instructional Approaches; Positive Behavior Intervention Supports
  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,454
  • Example Classes:
    Collaboration/Teaming with Families & Communities; Competency-based Practicum in Behaviorally-Based Teaching Techniques; Methods of Instruction in Academic Standards and Functional Skills; Transition Planning & Implementation for Students with Disabilities
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