2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Special Education

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This is a list of 25 schools with low tuition that provide affordable master's degrees in special education. Buena Vista University has the lowest cost on the list, starting at an impressive $4,000 per year. Southeast Missouri State University offers many different concentrations within special education, with an annual cost of only $5,903. Minot State University and Valdosta State University both offer specializations in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, whereas Missouri State University offers a specialization in Blindness and Low Vision Education. All three of these schools have tuition that is less than $5,300 per year.

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 Buena Vista University Annual Tuition $4,000
#2 #2 Morningside College Annual Tuition $4,770
#3 #3 Northwestern College - IA Annual Tuition $4,875
#4 #4 Minot State University Annual Tuition $4,950
#5 #5 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,015
#6 #6 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,179
#7 #7 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#8 #8 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,400
#9 #9 University of North Alabama Annual Tuition $5,542
#10 #10 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,550
#11 #11 University of Central Arkansas Annual Tuition $5,850
#12 #12 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $5,870
#13 #13 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,895
#14 #14 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,903
#15 #15 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $5,910
#16 #16 Drury University Annual Tuition $6,103
#17 #17 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $6,375
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Salem University Annual Tuition $6,375
#20 #20 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,600
#21 #21 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,615
#22 #22 Roosevelt University Annual Tuition $6,640
#23 #23 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,738
#24 #24 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $6,750
#25 #25 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $6,804
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 193
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience; Math Methods with Field Experience; Methods for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities; Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation; Special Education Law and Professional Practices; Transitions and Self-Determination
  • Annual Tuition: $4,770
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $4,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 161
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior and Social Interventions of Learners; Communication and Collaborative Partnerships; Instructional Decision Making and Leadership in Special Education; Instructional Strategies for Diverse Students and Settings; Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Special Education; Trends and Issues in 21st Century Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,015
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,274
  • 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: $5,400
  • 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: $5,542
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,079
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Action Research for Educators; Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities; Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; Low-Incidence Exceptional Learning Needs; Special Education Assessment; Survey of Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
  • 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: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,870
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 868
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Classroom Management; Applied Behavioral Analysis; Legal Issues in Spec Education; Research for School Improvement; Supporting School Improvement
  • Annual Tuition: $5,895
  • 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: $5,903
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $5,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Problem Solving Seminar; Diagnosis and Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth; Internship in Gifted and Talented; Psychology of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth; Special Populations in Gifted Education; Teaching Thinking Skills: Integrating Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $6,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,300
  • 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; Living and Learning with Exceptional Students; Maximizing Student Achievement Through Effective Assessment; Meaningful Inclusive Instruction and Co-Teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $6,375
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,375
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 199
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis and Evaluation of Instruction; Digital Ethics and Citizenship; Group Dynamics of Education Stakeholders; Instructional Methods: Leadership for Differentiated Schools & Classrooms; Professional Development for Special Education Leadership; School Law: Administrative Applications for Special Education
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,693
  • 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: $6,615
  • 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: $6,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,895
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Frameworks For Teaching Diverse Learners; Characteristics And Methods Of Teaching Students With Disabilities: Focus On Learning; Characteristics And Methods Of Teaching Students With Disabilities: Focus On Physical Health; Rethinking The Curriculum
  • Annual Tuition: $6,738
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,419
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Collaboration Methods; Emotional Disturbance: Theory to Practice; Foundations of Early Child SPED; High Incidence Disabilities: Theory to Practice; Positive Behavior Supports of Learning; Special Education Law
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 749
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts; Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom; Learning Disabilities/ADHD; Research Based Practices of Reading and Writing Instruction; Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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
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