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The 37 Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Master’s Online

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Find the cheapest route to an early childhood education master’s online with our comprehensive guide for this valuable degree. Those who work in early childhood know how challenging and engaging the work can be and delving deeper into skills and techniques for developmentally appropriate teaching can reap big rewards. For the most affordable options, choose one of our 2018 Best Buys.

We have research all 68 online degree programs from 59 schools to find the most affordable options, giving you the opportunity to save more than $25,000 on your degree. Working in early childhood education helps our future citizens at the earliest ages, giving them a good foundation to learn throughout life. If you value your work with young children, a master’s degree can help you master the knowledge that will make you a stellar educator. The best part is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get this credential!

Average Cost (In-state): ~$18,000
Least Expensive: American College of Education ~$8,160
Most Expensive: Mercy College ~$34,652

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 early childhood education master’s online. The online early childhood education degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Master’s Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
American College of Education
(IN)
$8,160.00
All Students
2
Arkansas State University
(AR)
$9,122.50
All Students
3
Missouri State University
(MO)
$9,440.00
All Students
4
Northwestern College Iowa
(IA)
$11,125.00
All Students
5
The University of Montana
(MT)
$11,389.80
$28,682.40
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Albany State University
(GA)
$11,960.00
All Students
7
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$12,310.00
$14,560.00
In-State
Out-of-State
8
Concordia University-Saint Paul
(MN)
$13,035.00
$11,550.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
9
Emporia State University
(KS)
$13,410.96
$18,089.52
In-State
Out-of-State
10
Gratz College
(PA)
$13,455.00
All Students
11
University of North Dakota
(ND)
$13,483.84
All Students
12
Clemson University
(SC)
$13,800.00
All Students
13
Stephen F. Austin State University
(TX)
$14,490.00
$18,810.00
In-State
Out-of-State
14
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$14,588.00
All Students
15
Marshall University
(WV)
$14,607.00
All Students
16
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
(WI)
$14,616.00
$30,290.70
In-State
Out-of-State
17
University of North Alabama
(AL)
$14,752.00
All Students
18
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$14,886.00
All Students
19
Texas A & M University – Commerce
(TX)
$14,968.80
$29,908.80
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Kennesaw State University
(GA)
$15,208.00
All Students
21
Columbus State University
(GA)
$15,236.00
All Students
22
Concordia University – Nebraska
(NE)
$15,300.00
All Students
23
SUNY at Albany
(NY)
$15,300.30
$18,090.30
In-State
Out-of-State
24
Trident University International
(CA)
$15,450.00
$9,900.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
25
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(AL)
$15,550.00
All Students
26
University of Northern Iowa
(IA)
$15,726.00
All Students
27
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$15,800.00
All Students
28
Auburn University at Montgomery
(AL)
$16,232.00
$16,592.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Jackson State University
(MS)
$16,632.00
All Students
30
Northern Michigan University
(MI)
$16,678.00
All Students
31
University of Mississippi
(MS)
$16,700.00
All Students
32
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$17,100.00
All Students
33
University of Mobile
(AL)
$17,275.00
All Students
34
Kansas State University
(KS)
$17,337.00
All Students
35
University of Dayton
(OH)
$17,580.00
All Students
36
Troy University
(AL)
$17,784.00
All Students
37
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$17,910.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$18,140.00
All Students
Mercer University
(GA)
$18,480.00
All Students
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$18,768.00
$21,903.00
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
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$19,423.00
All Students
Eastern Washington University
(WA)
$19,557.37
All Students
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$20,268.00
$23,073.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$20,890.00
$16,210.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
East Tennessee State University
(TN)
$21,132.00
$28,260.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Champlain College
(VT)
$21,420.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$21,738.00
$19,654.20
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
California Baptist University
(CA)
$21,987.00
All Students
Portland State University
(OR)
$22,135.00
$31,855.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Walden University
(MN)
$22,675.00
$19,285.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Dayton
(OH)
$22,765.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$22,900.00
$15,910.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Toledo
(OH)
$23,359.20
$38,875.20
In-State
Out-of-State
Norfolk State University
(VA)
$24,302.00
$49,366.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Brenau University
(GA)
$24,330.00
All Students
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$24,662.22
$22,834.02
In-State
Out-of-State
Walden University
(MN)
$24,850.00
$21,121.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$27,460.00
$21,220.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Erikson Institute
(IL)
$33,000.00
All Students
Pacific Oaks College
(CA)
$33,155.00
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$34,652.00
All Students

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Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2018 review of regionally accredited early childhood education master’s online. 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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