Best online master's in education get ranking seal

The 70 Most Affordable Online Master's in Education (PreK-12)

Teaching children at the K-12 level takes passion, knowledge, and insight. If you are called to teaching, getting your online master's in education (K-12) can lead to many exciting career paths. We researched the 143 online degree programs offered by 96 different schools for this specialty—and uncovered the Best Buys for your master’s degree. With unbiased rankings, you can choose the right program and save yourself as much as $45,000!
 
A K-12 teaching master’s degree can give you flexibility in your career, whether you want to teach, to lead, or to specialize in one area. Many programs have different areas of focus to choose from, and not only can the degree lead to a teaching license for many, but it opens up options in administration or many specializations. No matter your career goals, getting a master’s degree is likely the next step, but don’t spend more than you need to! 
 
Average Cost (In-state): ~$18,300
Least Expensive: University of North Carolina at Charlotte ~$8,183
Most Expensive: Fordham University ~$53,000

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online master's in education. The online K-12 teaching degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online Master's in Education

 

Accreditation & Licensing Note: As in all careers with state-specific licensure requirements, prospective applicants should contact the education department in their state of residence and ensure the desired program qualifies a graduate for teacher licensure. Not all programs listed lead to licensure. Applicants can also learn more by clicking the links to request information about each degree program. To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

14  Program is no longer accepting new students 
36  Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

 

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2018 review of regionally accredited online master's in education. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

University of North Carolina at Charlotte(NC)
$8,183.00
$29,930.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2

Western Carolina University(NC)
$8,272.20
$23,576.70
$8,375.10
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
3

University of North Carolina at Pembroke(NC)
$8,857.67
$30,411.02
In-State
Out-of-State
4

American College of Education(IN)
$8,940.00
All Students
5

Missouri State University(MO)
$9,735.00
All Students
6

American College of Education(IN)
$9,940.00
All Students
7

University of North Carolina at Greensboro(NC)
$10,119.93
$32,310.78
In-State
Out-of-State
8

Northwestern College Iowa(IA)
$10,150.00
All Students
9

Appalachian State University(NC)
$10,393.89
$36,075.39
In-State
Out-of-State
10

Southeast Missouri State University(MO)
$10,417.50
All Students
11

Eastern New Mexico University(NM)
$10,838.76
$14,148.96
In-State
Out-of-State
12

University of Central Missouri(MO)
$11,358.00
All Students
13

Southeast Missouri State University(MO)
$11,459.25
All Students
14

William Carey University(MS)
$11,500.00
All Students
15

Concordia University-Saint Paul(MN)
$11,850.00
$10,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
16

Western State Colorado University(CO)
$11,950.00
All Students
17

Valdosta State University(GA)
$12,028.00
All Students
18

The University of Alabama(AL)
$12,120.00
All Students
19

Emporia State University(KS)
$12,268.38
$16,557.06
In-State
Out-of-State
20

University of Arkansas at Monticello(AR)
$12,301.50
$19,651.50
In-State
Out-of-State
21

Illinois State University(IL)
$12,436.82
$25,478.12
In-State
Out-of-State
22

Pittsburg State University(KS)
$12,606.00
All Students
23

Ball State University(IN)
$12,972.00
$19,152.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24

Roosevelt University(IL)
$13,050.00
All Students
25

Mississippi College(MS)
$13,275.90
All Students
26

American Public University System Logo
American Public University System
(WV)
$13,300.00
$11,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
27

California State University-Fullerton(CA)
$13,320.00
$25,596.00
In-State
Out-of-State
28

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi(TX)
$13,321.36
$29,998.72
In-State
Out-of-State
29

Hannibal-Lagrange University(MO)
$13,350.00
All Students
30

Emporia State University(KS)
$13,380.96
$18,059.52
In-State
Out-of-State
31

Jacksonville State University(AL)
$13,442.00
All Students
32

University of North Dakota(ND)
$13,483.84
All Students
33

Saint Joseph's College of Maine(ME)
$13,605.00
All Students
34

Friends University(KS)
$13,680.00
$12,312.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
35

Indiana State University(IN)
$13,734.00
$17,414.00
In-State
Out-of-State
36

University of Michigan - Dearborn(MI)
$13,740.00
$16,800.00
In-State
Out-of-State
37

Valley City State University(ND)
$13,873.65
All Students
38

Georgia Southern University(GA)
$14,048.00
All Students
39

University of North Texas(TX)
$14,076.20
$29,016.20
In-State
Out-of-State
40

Stephen F. Austin State University(TX)
$14,490.00
$18,810.00
In-State
Out-of-State
41

Southeastern University(FL)
$14,680.00
All Students
42

University of North Carolina-Wilmington(NC)
$14,733.48
$42,391.48
In-State
Out-of-State
43

University of North Alabama(AL)
$14,752.00
All Students
44

University of West Alabama(AL)
$14,886.00
All Students
45

Texas A & M University - Commerce(TX)
$14,968.80
$29,908.80
In-State
Out-of-State
46

Wilson College(PA)
$15,110.00
All Students
47

SUNY College at Brockport(NY)
$15,271.00
$17,687.80
In-State
Out-of-State
48

Eastern Kentucky University(KY)
$15,300.00
$9,750.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
49

SUNY at Albany(NY)
$15,300.30
$18,090.30
In-State
Out-of-State
50

Wilkes University(PA)
$15,350.00
All Students
51

University of Alabama at Birmingham(AL)
$15,550.00
All Students
52

University of Northern Iowa(IA)
$15,650.00
All Students
53

Cumberland University(TN)
$15,750.00
All Students
54

Northern State University(SD)
$15,781.50
All Students
55

University of South Alabama(AL)
$15,800.00
All Students
56

University of South Carolina-Columbia(SC)
$15,942.50
$17,652.50
In-State
Out-of-State
57

Auburn University at Montgomery(AL)
$16,232.00
$16,592.00
In-State
Out-of-State
58

Old Dominion University(VA)
$16,326.00
$17,676.00
In-State
Out-of-State
59

Mississippi State University(MS)
$16,483.50
All Students
60

American Public University System Logo
American Public University System
(WV)
$16,600.00
$14,725.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
61

Gwynedd Mercy University(PA)
$16,665.00
All Students
62

Minnesota State University-Mankato(MN)
$16,846.64
All Students
63

University of Maine(ME)
$16,912.00
$20,542.00
In-State
Out-of-State
64

University of Mobile(AL)
$17,275.00
All Students
65

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$17,500.00
$13,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
66

SUNY Empire State College(NY)
$17,602.60
$20,950.60
In-State
Out-of-State
67

Troy University(AL)
$17,784.00
All Students
68

West Virginia University(WV)
$17,820.00
$44,640.00
In-State
Out-of-State
69

Northern Arizona University(AZ)
$17,910.00
All Students
70

Hope International University(CA)
$18,000.00
$16,050.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Walden University Logo
Walden University
(MN)
$18,325.00
$15,715.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$18,642.00
$20,796.00
In-State
Out-of-State

California University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$18,768.00
$19,428.00
$15,258.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$18,768.00
$21,903.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Auburn University(AL)
$18,900.00
All Students

Southwestern Assemblies of God University(TX)
$19,470.00
All Students

Concordia University-Wisconsin(WI)
$19,928.00
All Students

Faulkner University(AL)
$20,185.00
All Students

Regis University(CO)
$20,250.00
All Students

Purdue University Global Logo
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$20,795.00
$15,720.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Capella University Logo
Capella University
(MN)
$21,140.00
$19,116.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Alliant International University(CA)
$21,290.00
All Students

Capella University Logo
Capella University
(MN)
$21,738.00
$19,654.20
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$21,845.00
$16,905.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Prescott College(AZ)
$21,890.00
All Students

Regis University(CO)
$22,270.00
All Students

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$22,370.40
$24,955.20
In-State
Out-of-State

American Intercontinental University - Online(IL)
$22,416.00
$18,192.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$22,585.00
$17,515.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Southwestern Assemblies of God University(TX)
$22,980.00
All Students

Hannibal-Lagrange University(MO)
$23,495.00
All Students

Franklin Pierce University(NH)
$23,625.00
All Students

Lock Haven University(PA)
$24,072.00
$34,918.80
In-State
Out-of-State

Widener University Logo
Widener University
(PA)
$24,409.00
All Students

Walsh University(OH)
$25,505.00
All Students

University of Georgia(GA)
$26,226.00
All Students

Brenau University(GA)
$26,415.00
All Students

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$26,930.00
$20,820.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Nyack College(NY)
$27,356.00
All Students

Saint Joseph's University Logo
Saint Joseph's University
(PA)
$27,540.00
All Students

Samford University(AL)
$27,710.00
All Students

Prescott College(AZ)
$28,035.00
All Students

Hope International University(CA)
$30,600.00
$27,285.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Mercy College(NY)
$32,036.00
All Students

University of Pittsburgh(PA)
$33,520.00
All Students

Nova Southeastern University(FL)
$41,820.00
All Students

Drexel University(PA)
$42,705.00
All Students

New York Institute of Technology(NY)
$46,260.00
All Students

Pacific Oaks College(CA)
$47,494.00
All Students

Fordham University(NY)
$53,008.00
All Students