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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.

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Rank
School / Degree
Cost
Notes
1
Cost
Note
$8,183.00
In-State
$29,930.00
Out-of-State
2
Cost
Note
$8,272.20
In-State
$23,576.70
Out-of-State
$8,375.10
Military
3
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)
Cost
Note
$8,857.67
In-State
$30,411.02
Out-of-State
4
American College of Education (IN)
Cost
Note
$8,940.00
All Students
5
Cost
Note
$9,735.00
All Students
6
Cost
Note
$9,940.00
All Students
7
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC)
Cost
Note
$10,119.93
In-State
$32,310.78
Out-of-State
8
Northwestern College Iowa (IA)
Cost
Note
$10,150.00
All Students
9
Cost
Note
$10,393.89
In-State
$36,075.39
Out-of-State
10
Southeast Missouri State University (MO)
Cost
Note
$10,417.50
All Students
11
Cost
Note
$10,838.76
In-State
$14,148.96
Out-of-State
12
Cost
Note
$11,358.00
All Students
13
Southeast Missouri State University (MO)
Cost
Note
$11,459.25
All Students
14
Cost
Note
$11,500.00
All Students
15
Concordia University-Saint Paul (MN)
Cost
Note
$11,850.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$10,500.00
Military
16
Western State Colorado University (CO)
Cost
Note
$11,950.00
All Students
17
Valdosta State University (GA)
Cost
Note
$12,028.00
All Students
18
Cost
Note
$12,120.00
All Students
19
Emporia State University (KS)
Cost
Note
$12,268.38
In-State
$16,557.06
Out-of-State
20
Cost
Note
$12,301.50
In-State
$19,651.50
Out-of-State
21
Illinois State University (IL)
Cost
Note
$12,436.82
In-State
$25,478.12
Out-of-State
22
Cost
Note
$12,606.00
All Students
23
Cost
Note
$12,972.00
In-State
$19,152.00
Out-of-State
24
Roosevelt University (IL)
Cost
Note
$13,050.00
All Students
25
Mississippi College (MS)
Cost
Note
$13,275.90
All Students
26
American Public University System Logo
American Public University System (WV)
Cost
Note
$13,300.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$11,800.00
Military
27
California State University-Fullerton (CA)
Cost
Note
$13,320.00
In-State
$25,596.00
Out-of-State
28
Cost
Note
$13,321.36
In-State
$29,998.72
Out-of-State
29
Hannibal-Lagrange University (MO)
Cost
Note
$13,350.00
All Students
30
Emporia State University (KS)
Cost
Note
$13,380.96
In-State
$18,059.52
Out-of-State
31
Jacksonville State University (AL)
Cost
Note
$13,442.00
All Students
32
University of North Dakota (ND)
Cost
Note
$13,483.84
All Students
33
Saint Joseph's College of Maine (ME)
Cost
Note
$13,605.00
All Students
34
Friends University (KS)
Cost
Note
$13,680.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$12,312.00
Military
35
Indiana State University (IN)
Cost
Note
$13,734.00
In-State
$17,414.00
Out-of-State
36
University of Michigan - Dearborn (MI)
Cost
Note
$13,740.00
In-State
$16,800.00
Out-of-State
37
Cost
Note
$13,873.65
All Students
39
University of North Texas (TX)
Cost
Note
$14,076.20
In-State
$29,016.20
Out-of-State
40
Cost
Note
$14,490.00
In-State
$18,810.00
Out-of-State
41
Southeastern University (FL)
Cost
Note
$14,680.00
All Students
42
University of North Carolina-Wilmington (NC)
Cost
Note
$14,733.48
In-State
$42,391.48
Out-of-State
43
University of North Alabama (AL)
Cost
Note
$14,752.00
All Students
44
Cost
Note
$14,886.00
All Students
45
Cost
Note
$14,968.80
In-State
$29,908.80
Out-of-State
46
Wilson College (PA)
Cost
Note
$15,110.00
All Students
47
Cost
Note
$15,271.00
In-State
$17,687.80
Out-of-State
48
Cost
Note
$15,300.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$9,750.00
Military
49
Cost
Note
$15,300.30
In-State
$18,090.30
Out-of-State
50
Cost
Note
$15,350.00
All Students
51
Cost
Note
$15,550.00
All Students
52
University of Northern Iowa (IA)
Cost
Note
$15,650.00
All Students
53
Cumberland University (TN)
Cost
Note
$15,750.00
All Students
54
Northern State University (SD)
Cost
Note
$15,781.50
All Students
55
University of South Alabama (AL)
Cost
Note
$15,800.00
All Students
56
Cost
Note
$15,942.50
In-State
$17,652.50
Out-of-State
57
Auburn University at Montgomery (AL)
Cost
Note
$16,232.00
In-State
$16,592.00
Out-of-State
59
Mississippi State University (MS)
Cost
Note
$16,483.50
All Students
60
Cost
Note
$16,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$14,725.00
Military
61
Cost
Note
$16,665.00
All Students
62
Minnesota State University-Mankato (MN)
Cost
Note
$16,846.64
All Students
63
Cost
Note
$16,912.00
In-State
$20,542.00
Out-of-State
64
Cost
Note
$17,275.00
All Students
65
Cost
Note
$17,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$13,600.00
Military
66
SUNY Empire State College (NY)
Cost
Note
$17,602.60
In-State
$20,950.60
Out-of-State
67
Cost
Note
$17,784.00
All Students
68
West Virginia University (WV)
Cost
Note
$17,820.00
In-State
$44,640.00
Out-of-State
69
Cost
Note
$17,910.00
All Students
70
Hope International University (CA)
Cost
Note
$18,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$16,050.00
Military
Cost
Note
$18,325.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$15,715.00
Military
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Cost
Note
$18,642.00
In-State
$20,796.00
Out-of-State
Cost
Note
$18,768.00
In-State
$19,428.00
Out-of-State
$15,258.00
Military
Cost
Note
$18,768.00
In-State
$21,903.00
Out-of-State
Cost
Note
$18,900.00
All Students
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (TX)
Cost
Note
$19,470.00
All Students
Concordia University-Wisconsin (WI)
Cost
Note
$19,928.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$20,185.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$20,250.00
All Students
Purdue University Global Logo
Purdue University Global (IL)
Cost
Note
$20,795.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$15,720.00
Military
Capella University Logo
Capella University (MN)
Cost
Note
$21,140.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$19,116.00
Military
Alliant International University (CA)
Cost
Note
$21,290.00
All Students
Capella University Logo
Capella University (MN)
Cost
Note
$21,738.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$19,654.20
Military
Cost
Note
$21,845.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$16,905.00
Military
Cost
Note
$21,890.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$22,270.00
All Students
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Cost
Note
$22,370.40
In-State
$24,955.20
Out-of-State
American Intercontinental University - Online (IL)
Cost
Note
$22,416.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$18,192.00
Military
Cost
Note
$22,585.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$17,515.00
Military
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (TX)
Cost
Note
$22,980.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$23,495.00
All Students
Lock Haven University (PA)
Cost
Note
$24,072.00
In-State
$34,918.80
Out-of-State
Cost
Note
$24,409.00
All Students
Walsh University (OH)
Cost
Note
$25,505.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$26,226.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$26,415.00
All Students
Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University (AZ)
Cost
Note
$26,930.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$20,820.00
Military
Cost
Note
$27,356.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$27,540.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$27,710.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$28,035.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$30,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
$27,285.00
Military
Nova Southeastern University (FL)
Cost
Note
$41,820.00
All Students
New York Institute of Technology (NY)
Cost
Note
$46,260.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$47,494.00
All Students
Cost
Note
$53,008.00
All Students