2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Special Education

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With annual tuitions under $9,000, these 23 schools offer the most affordable online master’s degrees in special education. Delta State University, ranked first on this list, offers two master’s degrees in special education at a tuition rate of $5,250 per year. Those looking for a more specialized master’s program can choose from Minot State University’s four concentrations including early childhood special education, specific learning disabilities, or deaf education.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,250
#2 #2 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#3 #3 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $5,843
#4 #4 Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $5,925
#5 #5 Minot State University Annual Tuition $6,293
#6 #6 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#7 #7 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $6,495
#8 #8 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $6,500
#9 #9 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,600
#10 #10 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $6,804
#11 #11 Graceland University Annual Tuition $7,275
#12 #12 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $7,290
#13 #13 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $7,640
#14 #14 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $7,701
#15 #15 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $7,854
#16 #16 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $7,938
#17 #17 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $8,010
#18 #18 University of Hartford Annual Tuition $8,100
#19 #19 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $8,109
#20 #20 Georgetown College Annual Tuition $8,295
#21 #21 William Carey University Annual Tuition $8,400
#22 #22 Concordia University - Texas Annual Tuition $8,400
#23 #23 Kentucky State University Annual Tuition $8,568
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 801
  • Example Classes:
    Education of Young Children with Exceptional Learning Needs; Programming for Adolescents with Mild/Moderate Exceptional Learning Needs; Programming for Individuals with Severe/Multiple Disabilities; Special Education Assessment; Teaching for Inclusion
  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,506
  • 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: $5,843
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,266
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Disorders in Child; Communication & Culture; Diagnosis of Exceptional Child; Organization & Administration of Special Education; Social & Cultural Dynamics of the Southwest; The Special Education Program
  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 224
  • Example Classes:
    Autism Spectrum Pedagogy; Differentiation and Diversity; Issues in Education; RTI: Response to Intervention; Teaching Students At Risk; Technology in Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 284
  • Example Classes:
    Family and Community Systems in Early Intervention; Physical and Medical Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities; Research Design and Methodology; Special Education Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,473
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Accommodations and Modifications for Special Needs Learners; Critical Perspectives on Diversity and Culture; Education Law, Ethics, and Politics; Foundations in Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education; Living and Learning with Exceptional Students; Meaningful Inclusive Instruction and Co-Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $6,495
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 972
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom and Group Managment; Collboration/ Consultation for Inclusion; Educational Diagnosis and Assessment; Instructional Planning for Mild Disabilities; Nature and Needs of Students with Mild Disabilities; Survey of Exceptional Individuals
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 631
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities; Characteristics of Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities; Consultation/Collaboration; Elementary/Middle School/Secondary Methods and Materials for Mild / Moderate Disabilities; Language and Learning Disorders; Program Development, Implementation, and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,750
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Modification and Contingency Management of Disabled Learners; Instructional Processes with Exceptional Children; Normal Human Growth and Development; Psycho-educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children; School Law; Survey of Exceptional Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $6,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,819
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Consultation Special Education; Ethical Issues for Professional Educators of Exceptional Learners; Intrvention: Student w/Emotional & Behavioral Disability; Learners & Disability: Education Assessment; Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties
  • Annual Tuition: $7,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 746
  • Example Classes:
    Autism Spectrum Disorders; Collaborative Study of the Mild/Moderate Disabilities; Developing and Facilitating Effective Special Education Professional Development Experiences; Educational Assessment; Managing Student Learning and Behavior; Remedial Math Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,812
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Research; Qualitative Research in Special Education; Special Education Law and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $7,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 931
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Behavior Analysis; Behavior and Development in Early Childhood; Characteristics of Exceptionalities; Medical, Legal, and Ethical Aspects of Special Education; Method and Materials Severe Disabilities (K-12); Technology for Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,701
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,335
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Management; Career Development; Psychology of Teaching and Learning; Remediation in Elementary Math; Special Education Counseling; Speech and Language Development for the Exceptional Learner
  • Annual Tuition: $7,854
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,543
  • Example Classes:
    Classroom Responses to Individual Differences in Language and Culture; Collaboration With Families and Professionals; Individualized Assessment and Data-Based Interventions; Professional Learning and Ethical Practices; Research-Based Behavior Interventions
  • Annual Tuition: $7,938
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 686
  • Example Classes:
    Best Practices: Research-based Teaching Strategies; Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities PreK-12; Diagnostic and Corrective Reading and Language Arts; Exceptional Persons; Individual Behavior and Classroom Management PreK-12; Teaching with Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,403
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Development and Learning; Classroom Management; Equity and Excellence in the EC-12 Classroom; Instructional and Assessment Strategies II; Instructional Techniques; Survey of Exceptionalities
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,666
  • Example Classes:
    Academic and Curricular Strategies: Reading and Writing; Classroom Environment and Management; Collaboration and Consultation Procedures; Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures; Life Skills and Transition Strategies; The Assessment Process
  • Annual Tuition: $8,109
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,256
  • Example Classes:
    Assistive Technology & UDL in K12; Behavioral Analysis for Children and Youth; Collaboration; IEP Development; Language, Communication and Social Issues; Special Education Curriculum

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,295
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 380
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior and Classroom Management of LBD Students; Collaboration and Advocacy; Educational Evaluation; Educational Programming for LBD; Typical and Atypical Behavior; Using Technology to Remove Barriers for Students with Disabilities
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,737
  • 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: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 848
  • Example Classes:
    Collaboration in Special Education; Critical Issues in Special Education; Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom; Differentiated Instruction & Learning Theory; Special Education Law; The Teaching-Learning Process in Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $8,568
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 153
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum and Methods in Learning and Behavior Disorders; Legal and Parental Issues in Special Education
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