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

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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

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
(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
(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
(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
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
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 & Ann Arbor
(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
(IL)
$20,795.00
$15,720.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
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
MS - K-12 Studies in Education 3614
(MN)
$21,738.00
$19,654.20
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
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
(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
(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
(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
(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

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
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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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