Best Online Bachelor’s in Education: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2014/2015 Online Bachelor’s in Education award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

While affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, many of these programs are consistently ranked at the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online bachelor’s in education programs available.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the locality, grade level and subject taught.  Most job openings will result from the need to replace the large number of teachers who are expected to retire through 2016.  Now is an excellent time to get into the field of education!  Online bachelor’s programs in education are relatively rare, likely because of the extensive field experiences required and the difficulty of coordinating and supervising these experiences at a distance.  However, these programs are becoming more common.  While we choose programs for the SBP Award based on affordability, this particular list (while not completely comprehensive) also represents a fairly complete collection of colleges and universities offering online undergraduate programs of study in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education and related educational fields.

We have included licensure and non-licensure granting programs.  In the case of licensure granting programs, there will be extensive practicum/field experience requirements including a semester or sometimes a year of student teaching required.  Most of these distance learning programs will work with students to set up these field experiences within a reasonable distance of their location; however, some programs only work with particular school districts for practicum placements.  We have noted this where possible, but in any case, prospective students should verify that field experiences will be available near their location of study before enrolling in any of these programs.

Some of these programs are degree completion programs, meaning a substantial amount of college credit or the completion of an associate’s degree is expected to be earned at a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year institution prior to admission in the program, where the student will then complete the remainder of their bachelor requirements (typically the education program specific requirements).  Degree completion programs in this ranking have been noted as such and tuition rates are calculated based on the national average tuition cost of 60 credits completed at 2 year institutions with the assumption that the majority of students enrolling in completion programs will earn the credits required at local community colleges before transferring into the online program.  This national average (as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics) is $6,644.  This figure was added to the cost per credit multiplied by the remaining required credits of each completion program to determine a reasonable estimate for total cost of the degree and placement within our ranking.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.

#1. Stephen F. Austin State University 

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Founded as a teachers’ college in 1923, Stephen F. Austin University is, at its core, a university committed to the preparation of quality educators.  The University is one of 4 independent public Universities in the state of Texas. SFASU enrolls over 13,000 students and offers some 120 areas of study through six colleges.  SFASU is ranked by U.S. News #75 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #25 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
U.S. News ranks Stephen F. Austin State University as #181 in Best Education Schools and #164 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.  SFASU Online offers Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees with concentration options in Special Education Teacher Certification, Early Childhood Teacher Certification and Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Teacher Certification.  These are “low-residency” programs meaning most course work is completed online, but do require some on-campus visits to Nacogdoches, Texas.  These are bachelor’s completion programs requiring a minimum of 45 transfer credits of general education coursework for admission and 120 credits minimum for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: SFASU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in Education are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $14,012
Estimated total cost of degree: $20,656

6 Year Graduation Rate: 43%

#2. University of Washington 

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Considered one of the “Public Ivies” (publicly funded universities providing quality of education comparable to that of private “Ivy League” schools), the University of Washington is a public research university located in Seattle, Washington and enrolls over 49,000 students annually.  UW was founded 1861 and is one of the oldest universities located on the West Coast.  U.S. News ranks the University of Washington at #48 in Best National Universities and #14 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Rated #7 Best Education Schools by U.S. News, the College of Education at UW offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies.  This is the first online-only bachelor’s completion program to be offered by the University of Washington, and is designed to prepare individuals to work in child care, preschools, social and mental health services, parent and family support and arts organizations.  The degree balances study in academic theory with on the ground, practical training in early childhood education with courses in child development and learning, positive behavior support, learning with digital media in early childhood, and more.  The program requires that students transfer into the program with 70 transferable quarter credits (46 semester credits) and then complete the remainder of their bachelor’s requirements online.  The program requires 180 quarter credits (120 semester credits) for completion.

Accreditation: The University of Washington is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $14,940
Estimated total cost of degree: $21,584

6 Year Graduation Rate: 82%

#3. Southern Oregon University 

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Founded in 1872, Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts college located in Ashland, Oregon.  The university enrolls over 6,700 students. and consists of three colleges, offering over 100 academic programs of study between them. SOU is ranked #79 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #31 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The School of Education at Southern Oregon University offers a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development that is designed to be a degree completion program.  Students typically complete their general education requirements (approximately 60 credits) at their local community college or through another online program, then transfer to SOU to complete the degree online.  The curriculum consists of courses in: inclusion of children with disabilities in the classroom, at risk children, emotional needs of giften children, differentiated curriculums, health and nutrition, creativity and learning, and more that are designed to provide the educator with a foundational knowledge in human development of early childhood and tools to support educators in setting up learning environments and experiences in such a way that will meet the needs of all children in their classrooms.

Accreditation: Southern Oregon University is regionally accredited through the Northwestern Association of Colleges and Schools  The program in Early Childhood Education is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $17,601
Estimated total cost of degree: $22,554

6 Year Graduation Rate: 37%

#4. Fort Hays State University

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Enrolling over 13,400 students, Fort Hays is a public University established in 1902 in Hays, Kansas.  With about 40% of its student head count being located on its well developed virtual campus, Fort Hays State University was among the leaders in most categories of the inaugural U.S. News rankings for online education.

Program Overview
Rated #16 Best in Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, the Virtual College at Fort Hays State University offer bachelor’s degree programs in Business Eduation (Business Teacher Licensure), Early Childhood Education Unified (with ESOL Minor option), and Elementary Education (with Special Education and/or ESOL Minor options).  These are fully online programs of study, requiring between 127 and 148 credit hours depending on the selection of minor options.  Each of these programs fulfills licensing requirements in the particular area for the State of Kansas.

Accreditation: Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,68.50—$27,602

6 Year Graduation Rate: 44%

#5. Western Governors University 

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Western Governors University is a private nonprofit, online university established in 1997.  The Universities goal is to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs,” and does so by students working in coordination with faculty mentors online and through frequent phone communication, taking tests online which are proctored via webcam and other online proctoring technologies.  The university enrolls over 46,300 students.

Program Overview
The Teachers College at Western Governors University offers Bachelors of Arts in Education degress in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8), Special Eduation (K-12), Mathematics, (5-9 or 5-12), Science (5-12) with concentrations in Chemistry, Physics, Biological Science, or Geosciences.  WGU offers among the only fully online teacher preparation programs for secondary education available.  The Programs require 122 credits for completion and consist of curriula that emphasizes competency based learning and the practical knowledge necessary to prepare teachers to be the best educators they can be.

Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The teacher preparation programs are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $25,630

6 Year Graduation Rate: 24%

#6. University of Toledo 

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The University of Toledo is a public research university located in Toledo, Ohio and enrolling over 23,000 students annually.  The University was founded in 1872 originally as a vocational or trade school and now comprises 16 colleges offering over 250 programs of study between them.

Program Overview
Rated #108 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, the College of Education at the University of Toledo offers an online bachelor’s degree completion program in Early Childhood Education.  This completion program requires students to already hold an Associate degree in  ECE from an accredited instituion.  It is an accelerated degree program non-licensure degree.  The coursework emphasizes the relationship based nature of learning, and the necessity of individualized instruction with courses in creating the learning environment, supporting young children with special needs, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs offered through the College of Education are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $19,659.60
Estimated total cost of degree: $26,303.6
(non-Ohio residents pursuing this degree may be eligible for the UT Achievement and Online Learning, Out-of-State Scholarships, which could cover up to 90% of tuition costs).

6 Year Graduation Rate: 46%

#7. Mississippi State University 

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Classified as a top-tier reserach university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant university founded in 1878 and located in Okitbbeha County, Mississippi.  The university currently enrolls over 20,100 students and is ranked #156 in Best National Universities, #84 in Top Public Schools, and #126 in Best Education School by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The College of Education at Mississippi State University is rated #126 in Best Education Schools by U.S. News and offers a fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in either Early Childhood or Middle School Education.  The program requires a minimum of 123 credits for completion with no more than 61 community college transfer hours. In addition to the general education requirements the program requires course work in early literacy, exploring diversity through writing, social foundations, and more.  The Middle School concentration requires 21 hour endorsements in two academic areas (english, social studies, general science, math, music, foreign language, or physical education), while the early childhood concentration requires five courses in early childhood development and special education.

Accreditation: Mississippi State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs offered through the College of Education are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $36,100

6 Year Graduation Rate: 61%

#8. Saint Josephs College 

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912, Saint Josephs College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Standish, Maine.  Saint Joseph’s College Online offers graduate and undergraduate programs to more than 2,500 students which is more than double the student body enrolled on-campus.  Saint Joseph’s ranked 81 on U.S. News Best Colleges ranking for Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
Saint Josephs College Online offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Education and Training.  The program is a degree completion program meaning it is designed for the student who has previous college credits they would like to apply to the earning of a degree.  This program requires 128 credits for completion and is designed for individuals interested in developing skills and knowledge to teach programs at the adult level.  In addition to the 45 credits of general education requirements, the core requirements of the program include courses in fundamentals of training, educational psychology, adult learning, human behavior and development, and more.  To complete this degree 25% of the coursework must be through Saint Josephs College including the 18 credits of core requirements.

Accreditation:
Saint Josephs College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $36,765

6 Year Graduation Rate: 55% 

#9. Granite State College 

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Part of the University System of New Hampshire, Granite State College is an institution of higher education located in Concord, New Hampshire and founded in 1972.  The college  enrolls over 3,100 students and is the State of New Hampshire’s leader in delivering online education. 

Program Overview
Rated #48 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, the online bachelor’s programs in Education at Granite State College offer many different options for educators looking to earn a bachelor degree.  These include Bachelor of Arts in Education with Teacher Certification with a wide variety of subject oriented concentrations as well as completion programs for those who have already earned an associate level degree and would like to earn a bachelors with teacher certification.  GSC also offers non certification B.A. programs for those interested in pursuing post-bachelor degrees and certification programs.  All programs at Granite State offer concentration options in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Accreditation: Granite State College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $19,665-$21,735
Estimated total cost of degree: $26,309-$28,379

6 Year Graduation Rate: 45%

#10. University of Wisconsin-Superior

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Established as the Superior Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region in 1893, the University of Wisconsin is a public university enrolling over 2,600 students and offering over 30 different programs of study. UWS ranks #99 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #33 in Top Public School by U.S. News. 

Program Overview
The online bachelor’s programs at University of Wisconsin-Superior are rated #9 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is a fully online bachelor’s program which includes Teacher Certification.  All students enrolled also choose a teaching minor in Early Childhood, Geography, Health Education, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, or Special Education (without certification).  Required coursework in this program emphasizes the integration of theoretical foundations of education and practical skills.  The program requires 129 credits minimum for completion.

Accreditation:
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: 
 $39,000 

6 Year Graduation Rate:  44%

#11. Florida International University 

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Florida International University is a public research university established in 1965 located in Miami, Florida.  FIU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with high research activity. The university enrolls over 50,400 students and offers over 190 programs of study.  U.S. News has recognized FIU as Best Buy in higher education and claims its students are among the least indebted college students in the nation.

Program Overview
Florida International University is rated by U.S. news #124 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.  The program focuses on learning and development during early childhood and addresses the development of the whole child including cognitive, language, and social/emotional development as well.  In addition, students will study general education theory and practices as well as early education specific theory and practices.  120 credits minimum are required for completion of the degree including 30 credits taken in the area of professional education focusing on foundations, and teaching methods and curriculum.

Accreditation: Florida International University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition:
In-State: $18,883
Out-of-State: $39,960

6 Year Graduation Rate:  52%

#12. City University of Seattle 

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A private non-profit university located in Seattle, Washington, City University of Seattle, or CityU has 27 campuses around the world and multiple parnerships with other colleges and universities worldwide as well as offering online programs of study.  CityU  was founded in 1973 and currently enrolls over 7,600 students.

Program Overview
CUS is raanked #46 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, and offers an online program of study to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education: Elementary Education the program can be completed on its own, or with the addition of an emphasis area to work toward dual endorsement.  Possible emphasis areas include: mathematics, special education, english language learners, reading, and early childhood education.  The program curriculum consists of a core of coursework that provides a well rounded base of knowlege in primary education with courses in special ed, creative arts, health and fitness, multicultural education, technological integration, classroom management, curriculum modification, and more.  The program requires between 120 credits minimum for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: City University of Seattle is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $40,800

6 Year Graduation Rate:  29%

#13. Valley City State University 

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Valley City State University is a public university and member of the North Dakota University System, enrolling over 1,300 students annually.  VCSU has been recognized by U.S. News as #1 or #2 in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) 5 years consecutively.  Established as a Normal School, or Teacher’s College in 1890, VCSU still remains dedicated to producing some of the best educators in the upper midwest with Education and Teaching being among the most popular majors.

Program Overview
Valley City State University is rated #138 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News.  VCSU offers fully online Bachelor of Science in Education programs for those interested in teaching at the secondary level with concentrations in Business Education, English Language Arts, History, or Technology Education.  Courses are delivered online, through the “Interactive Video Network, and through correspondence and require little or no onsite presence.  These programs may include learning experiences that require additional authorizations in certain states that VCSU may not currently have.  It is up to the student to make sure the program of study will comply with any State requirements in the location he or she resides. The programs require 120 credits minimum for completion of the degree.  The professional education sequence of these programs emphasizes cultural diversity in education.

Accreditation:  VCSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Its Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: 
In-State: $20,108
MN: $22,524
Exchange Program (MT, SD, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NB, WI, Manitoba, Saskatchewan): $25,136
Western Undergraduate Exchange (AL, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY): $30,164
Out-of-State: $53,692

6 Year Graduation Rate: 46%

#14. Kansas State University

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Founded in 1863, Kansas State University is the oldest public university in the state of Kansas. K-State enrolls over 24,500 students and is designated as a public research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. The university operates campuses across the state of Kansas as well as maintaining a “Global Campus.” K-State is ranked #142 in Best National Universities and #74 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.  

Program Overview
K-State Online offers a Bachelor completion program in Early Childhood Education.  This is a licensure granting program that combines early childhood (birth through kindergarten) and early childhood special education content knowledge and pedagogy in a blended program of study.  K-State offers 72 credits of general education and professional teacher education courses fully online toward the completion of the degree.  Additionally the program requires up to  62 credits of coursework be completed at a local community college and transferred to satisfy K-State requirements.  124 credits minimum are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Kansas State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in Education are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educaiton (NCATE).

Tuition: $34,558

6 Year Graduation Rate: 60%

#15. Vanguard University of Southern California

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Founded in 1920, Vanguard University of Southern California is a private Chrisitian university affiliated with the Assemblies of God enrolling over 2,300 students.  The school offers 25 liberal arts and professional studies degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.  VUSC is ranked #12 in Best Regional Colleges (West) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program at Vanguard University of Southern California is an accelerated degree taught in an 8-week format.  Admission to the program requires a minimum of 57 transferable semester credits and a minimum of 120 credits are required for completion of the degree.  Core coursework is designed to provide the educator with knowledge and skills to promote the learning and development of the whole child and includes courses in language and literacy, creative arts, math and science, music and movement, moral character development, promoting well-being, and more.

Accreditation: Vanguard University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $39,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 52%

#16. Dakota State University 

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Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher education institution of the Dakota Territory.  DSU enrolls just over 3,100 students and is widely considered to be one of the most technologically advanced institutions of higher learning and many of the universities programs of study have a technological focus.  The university is ranked #86 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #30 Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Dakota State University offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Education degree program focusing on Elementary Education/Special Education.  The program is designed to impart the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to teachers that wish to work with students who are mentally, physically, and/or emotionally challenged in K-8  or K-12 inclusive, resource, and self contained settings.  The program meets requirements to provide certification in elementar education (grades K-8) and special education in either K-8 or K-12 settings.  129 credits minimum are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools.  Its programs in education are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $43,143

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%

#17. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. Enrolling well over 100,000 students, the majority of which are enrolled online, LU is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world and the largest private nonprofit university in the nation.  Liberty University ranks #80 by U.S. News in best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Liberty University Online is ranked by U.S. News as #141in Best Online Bachelors Programs and offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education.  These are non-licensure programs with the option of a 5th year Master of Arts in Teaching licensure option.  As a pre-licensure bachelor’s program, the focus is on developing skills and knowledge in areas planning and creating lesson plans and units, and evaluating educational methods and interventions such as differentiated learning and direct instruction, all while exploring educational theories, trends and current practices.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in Education are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Eduction (NCATE).

Tuition: $43,200

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%

#18. Wilmington University

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Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit research university founded in 1968. WU is located in Wilmington, Deleware and has affiliated campuses across the state of Deleware and in Maryland and New Jersey.  The university enrolls over 19,200 students annually.

Program Overview
Wilmington University is ranked by U.S. News #48 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.  The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree at Wilmington is offered fully online and includes concentration options in Early Care and Education (Birth-Grade 2), Elementary Education (K-6), and Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8).  The degree does not qualify the recepient for licensure or certification, but students wishing to become certified can transition into a parallel licesure program after submitting a passing Praxis score report to the Department and all courses completed as part of the Ed. Studies program will transfer to the licensure program.  The B.S. in Educational Studies will assist students in developing a strong foundation in areas such as learning theory, educational psychology, child development, and education best practices and will prepare the student for work with children and youth in positions that do not require state licensure, or to enter a licensure program at a later date. The program requires 129 credits minimum for completion of the degree.

Accreditation:
Wilmington University is regionally accredited by the Middle State Comission on Higher Education and its Education programs are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $43,602

6 Year Graduation Rate: 38%

#19. University of Massachusetts 

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The University of Massachusetts is a public university system in the state of Massachusetts consisting of four university campuses a satellite center and a medical school.  The university system also includes extensive online educational offerings.  Founded in 1863 UMass, Amherst was the first established university of the system and the flagship university.  U.S. News ranks UMass as #76 in Best National Universities and #30 in Top Public Schools.  

Program Overview
UMass online offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Children’s Learning and Development and Early Care and Education.  These degrees require a minimum of 120 credits for completion and are non-certification granting programs and are designned for those interested in working in programs that serve children youth and families.  The programs help educators develop the essential knowledge and skills to develop, execute, and administer programing for children, youth, and familes. Both degrees allow for a large degree of flexibility in coursework and students are encourage to tailor the program to meet the needs of his or her unique career goals by the inclusion of courses offered through other academic departments. UMass also offers the opportunity to gain up to 30 credits toward the completion of your degree for pertainent life and work experiences.

Accreditation: UMass is regionally accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and programs in education are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $46,200

6 Year Graduation Rate: 73%

#20. Regis University 

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Located in Denver, Regis University is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1877 in New Mexico. RU enroll over 9,700 students annually and is continually recognized as a national leader in quality higher education.  Regis is ranked #27 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (West).

Program Overview
The School of Education at Regis University offers a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education with initial licensure.  Coursework for the program is offered both through RU’s online learning environment or in the classroom.  The curriculum emphasizes Jesuit ideals (service, striving for exellence, and reflective practice), service learning that integrates theory with practical application, critical thinking and data literacy, and instructional technology. The program requires 128 credits at minimum for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The School of Education is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Tuition: $50,560

6 Year Graduation Rate: 58%

#21. Pacific Oaks College 

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Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit higher education institution offering bachelor’s and master’s programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The college was founded in 1959 by a group of Quaker families and remains to this day committed to the Quaker values of “inclusion, social-justice and the value of every human being.” The school has a reputation for its “anti-bias curriculum” which focuses on issues of social justice and encourages students to work to name and right the world’s wrongs.  POC enrolls just over 1,000 students annually.

Program Overview
The online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Pacific Oaks College is a degree completion program designed for students transferring a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited college or university.  The program equips educators with the knowledge and skills essential to educating children in early childhood (birth through age 8).  The program emphasizes differentiated instruction to maximize each child’s cognitive development and is based in principles of diversity and inclusion.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion and includes options for specializations in Trauma Studies, Dual Crendentialing, and Multiple Subject Crendentialing.  Pacific Oaks allows students to earn credit for “Learning from Experience,” allowing them to accelearate the completion of their degree by applying workplace experience toward undergraduate credit.

Accreditation: Pacific Oaks College is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition:
Completion program cost: $44,160
Estimated total cost of degree: $50,804

6 Year Graduation Rate: Statistics not available

#22. Drexel University

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Enrolling over 25,500 students between three campuses in Philadelphia, and one in Sacramento, California, Drexel University is private, nonprofit, research university founded in 1891.  Drexel University is consistently ranked as having one of the best cooperative education programs in the nation.  Named “the Ultimate Internship,” Drexel’s Co-op program grants students a variety of hands on, paid, full-time working experiences before graduation through some 1,600 corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners in 28 states and 25 international locations.  DU has offered online courses since 1996 and is recognized as one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning.  U.S. News ranked the university #95 in Best National Universities and #10 in Up-and-Coming Schools.

Program Overview
The online Bachelors of Science in Education degree at Drexel University is a degree completion program designed for students with at least 24 previous college credits.  The program includes both licensure and non-licensure options and is designed for those intendeing to work in PK-4th grade elementary educational settings.  Students may enroll in this program on a part-time basis only.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion and consists of a curriculum that includes coursework in typical and atypical child development, early language development, teaching and diversity, inclusionary practices, current research in curriculum and instruction, expressive arts, and more.

Accreditation: Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Comission on Higher Education.

Tuition: $52,800

6 Year Graduation Rate: 70%

#23. Southwestern College 

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Located in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern College is a private, Methodist college founded in 1885.  The school’s focus on service learning has established nationally acclaimed programs in leadership, discipleship, and sustainability.  Southwestern College is ranked #83 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Southwetern College Professional Studies offers Bacehlor degree programs in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary Education.  The program in Early Childhood Education is a blended Early Childhood/Special Education license granting program for teachers of children (birth through age 8).  The program in Elementary Education is a license granting program for teachers of children (grades K-6).  Both programs consist of a curriculum that emphasizes the development of skilful teachers that continually engage in critical reflection and can adept theri practices to the needs of their studetns, and interact with their colleagues in productive collaborative ways.  The prorams require 124 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Southwestern College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in education are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $52,948

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%

#24. Arakansas Tech University

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Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech Univversity is a public university located in Russelville, Arkansas.  ATU enrolls over 12,000 students and offers a wide range of traditional and innovative programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Many degrees can be completed entirely online, though due to other states’ current regulations, Arkansas Tech University is not providing online instruction to students in several states.  U.S. News ranks Arkansas Tech #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ranked #127 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News Arkansas Tech University offers an online Bachelor or Science in Early Childhood Education   Approximaely 50% of the coursework required for completion of this degree is offered online, while the other 50% may be completed through a partnership with North Arkansas Community College (Harrison) or Ozark Community College (Melbourne), or transferred into the program from any regionally accredited college or university.  The program is designed to equip prospective teachers with knowledge of human growth and development, learning theory, and understanding of student needs to plan and implement effective instruction.  This is a licensure program and requires a minimum of 124 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Arkansas Tech University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: 
$54,484

6 Year Graduation Rate: 41%

#25. Notre Dame College 

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Notre Dame College is a Catholic, liberal arts college established in 1922 and located in South Euclid, Ohio. The college’s population doubled the decade following 2001 after transitioning from being a women’s school to a fully coeducational institution now enrolling over 2,200 students. Notre Dame College’s online programs are taught by the school’s on-campus faculty; all possess terminal degrees and have comprehensive expertise and experience in their respective fields. NDC is ranked #59 in Best Regional Colleges (Midwest) by U.S. News.  

Program Overview
Notre Dame College offers an Online Bachelor of Arts in Education with licensure track options in either Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist (K-12), or Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3rd Grade).  These specialized degrees are designed to prepare educators with practical knowledge and skills that can be immediately implemented in their classrooms.  Courses in this program have a synchronous component meaning there is a live class meeting once a week.  Both programs are licensure granting and require a professional education coursework in educational psychology, psychology of students with special needs, technology integration, and more.  Both programs emphasize the development of reading and literacy skills and require 128 credits for completion

Accreditation: Notre Dame College is regionally accredited by the North Central Associaton of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in education are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $56,320

6 Year Graduation Rate: 39%

 #26. Ottawa University 

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Ottawa University was founded in 1865 by Baptist missionaries. Its main campus, known as “The Residential College” or “The College” by faculty and staff, is one of 6 face-to-face campuses. The university enrolls 7,000 students across all of its campuses and online, with approximately 600 students enrolled on the main campus.  OU is ranked #59 in Best Regional Colleges (Midwest) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Secondary Education licensure programs at Ottawa University Online are designed to train and equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, social competencies, and methods to be able to effectively design curriculum and engage students in the school environment.  The program emphasizes and awareness of cultural diversity and the sociopolitical contexts of education.  Elementary Education majors must be able to demonstrate ability in liberal arts areas such as mathematics, science, writing, communication, and the fine arts, while Secondary Education majors choose from content area concentrations including: Accounting, Business Administration, English, History, or Mathematics.  The program requires 120 credits at minimum for completion of the degree.

Accreditation:  Ottawa University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition: $57,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 34%

#27. Ball State University 

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Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with high research activity.  Ball State was founded in 1917 as a Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region.  BSU enrolls over 21,000 students and is ranked 3173 in Best National Universities, and #97 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Rated #86 Best Education Schools and #29 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs the School for Online and Distance Learning at Ball State University offers a non-licensure Bachelor’s degree completion program in Early Childhood Education.  The program is designed for professionals who currently hold an associates degree in early childhood education and are seeking to earn their bachelor’s degree or who have completed a minimum of 45 college credits.  The curriculum of this program is designed to impart competencies in building family and community relationships, observation and assessment of young children and families, designing and implementing learning experiences, and creating positive learning environments.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.

Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $61,224

6 Year Graduation Rate: 60%

#28. University of Florida

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Founded in 1853 as East Florida Seminary, the University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainsville, Florida.  UF enrolls over 49,000 students and is the 8th largest single campus university in the nation.  The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with very high research activity and is ranked #48 in Best National Universities and #14 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Rated #30 Best Education Schools and #5 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs UFOnline offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Education & Behavior which trains students on effective promotion of healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings.  The program emphasiezes diversity and culturally appropriate health education methodologies.  The program features a flexible curriculum which allows the student to focus their coursework on interest areas in health education and health promotion in community, clinical or worksite settings, as well as in health studies and gives students the opportunity to take several specialization courses such as Women’s Health Issues, Trends in International Health, and Minority Health Issues.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition:
In-State: $15,501
Out-of-State: $66,314.4

6 Year Graduation Rate: 87%

#29. Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, research university founded in 1964.  Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is the eighth largest private nonprofit research university in the nation enrolling over 28,400 students.  The campus also hosts the “University School of Nova Southeastern University,” a college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12.

Program Overview
Nova Southeastern University offers several online bachelor’s degree options in education. including programs in Child Development, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Prekindergarten/Primary Education, and Secondary Education with concentrations in Biology, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  These are fully online degree programs requiring 120 credits minimum for completion.

Accreditation: Nova Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in education are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $69,000

6 Year Graduation Rate: 41%

#30. University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is a public university located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Founded in 1947 as a junior college, UNCW has since grown to a comprehensive university offering many programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels to over 14,000 students.  UNCW is a member of the 17 campus University of North Carolina System and is ranked #16 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #6 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.  

Program Overview
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington is licensure granting program that requires 133 credits for completion of the degree.  All coursework can be completed online with exception of the lab experiences which include tutoring a child in mathematics and literacy and extensive field experience in local schools.  UNCW only works with with elementary schools within the PDS system, so prospective students will want to make sure that practicum experiences are available close to where they live.  The program is designed to equip prospective teachers of elementary aged children (K-6th grade) with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively facilitate learning including: effective communication in standard English, differentiated instruction techniques to adapt teaching to the needs of particular students, establishing a learning environment conducive to learning, evaluation and assessment techniques, implementation of technology in learning processes, and reflective learning and inquiry.

Accreditation: The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Its programs in education are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition:
In-State: $18,088
Out-of-State: $72,618

6 Year Graduation Rate: 71%