Our Students Before Profits Awards were created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line. For our Top Online Master’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.
For teachers and other educational professionals, the benefits of earning a master’s degree in education are many. A master’s degree can equip seasoned educators with necessary credentials to pursue administrative positions, or a master’s degree in some districts offers teachers higher pay scales for having a specific number of credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. However, since many students pursuing a master’s degree in education are currently-full-time teachers looking to advance their careers while competing coursework simultaneously, traditional programs of study can prove to be a strain on their busy schedules. Online master’s degree programs offer the flexibility that these professionals need to be able to complete graduate studies while maintaining the rigorous schedule of a full-time teacher.
While affordability, is our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and are considered among the best online master’s in education programs available.
Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.
#1. Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, located in the city of Boone in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. ASU was founded as a teacher’s school and today enrolls nearly 19,000 students in 176 undergraduate and 42 graduate majors. ASU offers distance education programs in business, communication, healthcare, and education for working adults whose schedules do not permit them to undertake traditional studies at the Boone campus.
Appalachian State University offers a wide variety of online master’s degree programs in education. These include programs in Curriculum Specialist, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Middle Grade Education, Reading Education, School Administration, and Special Education. These programs utilize a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning and require between 36 and 39 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Appalachian State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 100
#2. Fort Hays State University
Enrolling over 15,000 students in programs leading to professional certificates, and degrees at the associate’s bachelor’s master’s, and doctoral levels, 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 is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 50 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners and was among the leaders in most categories of the inaugural U.S. News rankings for online education.
Designed with the needs of working adults for flexibility, convenience, and educational quality in mind, the Department of Advanced Education Programs (AEP) at Fort Hays’ College of Education and Technology prepares students with innovative solutions to meet the challenges in their chosen fields of study. The Department offers a broad range of graduate programs completely online including programs in building leadership (principal), high incidence special education, English speakers of other languages, gifted education, instructional technology, library media specialist, reading specialist, and more. Courses are offered entirely online and will include a unique combination of communication methods including Blackboard, Skype, videoconferencing, Google Apps for Education, Blogs, Wikis, YouTube and other innovative technologies.
Accreditation: FHSU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Education and Technology also holds specialized accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 99
#3. Valdosta State University
Located in Valdosta, Georgia, about half-way between Orlando and Atlanta, Valdosta State University is a comprehensive public university and one of three regional Universities in the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State University was founded in 1906 as a Normal College for the preparation of teachers in the region. Enrolling approximately 12,500 students, Valdosta State offers the academic, cultural and social opportunities of a major university while maintaining the small class sizes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions. In addition to traditional programs, VSU has well developed eLearning programs that provide strong support for students studying at a distance.
VSU offers a wide variety of education Maste’s degrees through online study including an M.Ed. in Adult and Career Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Math & Science, School Counseling, M.A in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers, and Master of Library and Information Sciences. These programs require between 36 and 39 credits minimum for completion, are conducted through an asynchronous online format and are designed around a professional education core that establishes a framework of knowledge in educational research, trends in education, and multicultural studies across curriculum.
Accreditation: VSU is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are nationally accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 97
#4. Arkansas State University
The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level public institution for higher education with more than 150 degrees areas of study, including a robust online program, and a diverse student body from across the nation and the world. Arkansas State University is located in the town of Jonesboro Arkansas and focusing on its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives, it is the catalyst for progress in the state of Arkansas, the Delta and the Mid-South region.
Arkansas State University offers a variety of fully online programs leading to a Master’s degree in education including programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Gifted Education, Educational Theory & Practice, Reading, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. These programs require between 30 and 36 credits and can be completed in as little as 20 months. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. Programs will qualify students for Arkansas licensure, but students seeking licensure outside of the State of Arkansas should verify that this program will meet their desired State’s licensure requirements.
Accreditation: Arkansas State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Tuition Score 1-100: 97
#5. University of Central Missouri
Originally established as the Warrensburg Teacher’s College in 1871, the University of Central Missouri is a 4 year public university offering 150 areas of study, including 27 areas of teacher certification. UCM enrolls over 12,000 students and is dedicated to transforming students into lifelong learners, dedicated to service, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world. In addition to its on campus programs, UCM offers innovative online programs that bring the same quality of instruction directly to students wherever they are.
The University of Central Missouri offers online degree programs leading to Master of Science in Elementary Education-Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, and Library Science and Information Services as well as Master of Arts in Teaching. These programs require 30 or 32 credits minimum for completion. All of these programs are available fully online, while some have the option to take some courses in face-to-face format at the UCM summit center.
Accreditation: UCM is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All teacher certification programs are nationally certified through NCATE.
Tuition Score 1-100: 94
#6. University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota is a public research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. UND was founded in 1883 and enrolls over 15,000 students. It is the oldest and largest university in the state of North Dakota. The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity and offers 200+ fields of study. The University maintains its original mission in liberal arts, business, education, law, medicine, engineering and mines; and has also developed special missions in nursing, fine arts, aerospace, energy, human resources, and international studies. Additionally, UND offers 50+ online programs of study with convenient and flexible formats designed for working adults.
UND offers a variety of online graduate programs of study in education through the College of Education and Human Development: Master of Arts in Counseling with a K-12 School Emphasis, Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in English Language Learner Education, M.Ed or M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, M.Ed. or M.S. in Reading Education, and Master of Science in Special Education. Depending on the program online courses may be offered either synchronously (live web classes) or asynchronously (courses accessed at anytime) and require between 32 and 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: The University of North Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 93
#7. University of Missouri
The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, was the first public institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi and is currently the largest comprehensive University in the state, enrolling more than 30,000 students in more than 300 degree programs. Founded in 1839, MU is one of the nations finest R1 research institutions and the first public university in the nation to establish a college specifically for the preparation of teachers. Mizzou’s extensive Online college offers 70 online degree options and more than 900 online courses. Approximately 3,000 students earn their degrees via Mizzou Online each year.
Mizzou Online offers a range of online master’s degrees in education through the College of Education by some of the leading researchers in teaching and learning in the country. Most programs are fully online, while a few require a number of campus visits to Columbia, MO, or classroom attendance in other locations. Programs include Master’s degrees in Autism Education, Early Childhood Education, English Education, Gifted Education, Learning Technologies and Design, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Online Education, Social Studies Education, Student Learning and Well Being, and more. Master’s Programs in Education at Mizzou require 30 or 33 credits minimum for completion.
Accreditation: MU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Missouri college of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
Tuition Score 1-100: 92
#8. Peru State College
Established in 1865 under the Methodist Episcopal Church, Peru State College is the first and oldest educational institution in Nebraska. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. PSC enrolls over 2,300 students and is dedicated to educating the individual to the benefit of society.
Peru State College offers, its Master of Science in Education-Curriculum and Instruction to individuals who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the field of education. Students can complete the Master of Science in Education in our Cohort or Regular format. Both programs are offered entirely online. The 36 credit degree includes core courses in Curriculum and Instruction with 4 different optional areas of focus in Classroom Behavior and Management, Instructional Mastery, Inclusionary Practices and Policies, and Instructional Technology.
Accreditation: Peru State is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as being Nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 92
#9. University of Nebraska—Kearney
The University of Nebraska located in Kearney is a public university consisting of four colleges offering over 170 majors and 20 pre-professional programs. UNK focuses on the undergraduate experience while becoming an international destination for some key graduate and online programs. With a new University of Nebraska Medical Center Health Science Education Complex opening in fall 2015, pre-med and allied health professions majors are finding increased opportunities for education and practical experience.
UNK offers a wide variety of online education master’s degrees in disciplines including Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Instructional Technology, Special Education, and more. Online courses are highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail and discussion forums via the Canvas learning management software. To enhance the quality of online instruction, many courses use multimedia presentations, and streaming video. Programs require 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: The University of Nebraska Kearney is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Tuition Score 1-100: 90
#10. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college for men and women of all faiths and ages. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912, Saint Joseph’s is located in the city of Standish, Maine. Saint Joseph’s College is a liberal arts college that nurtures intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in students of all ages and all faiths within a value-centered environment. Saint Joseph’s 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 College Online offers a Master of Science in Education enabling teachers and administrators to expand their career opportunities in four distinct areas: public K-12 schools, Catholic schools, health care education, and adult training. Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting. Courses are available to both students seeking the desired master’s degrees or those fulfilling or renewing certification requirements.This program require either 33 or 36 credits to complete and each is comprised of a unique core curriculum geared towards supporting teachers and administrators on their varied routes to becoming the best educators they can be.
Accreditation: Saint Josephs’s is regionally accredited through the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 89
#11. Valley City State University
Valley City State University is a public university and member of the North Dakota University System, enrolling over 1,300 students annually. 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. VCSU offers more than 80 undergraduate programs in art, business, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, education, health and physical education, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and technology education. Online Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are also available.
The online Master’s degrees in education at VCSU are designed to equip individuals with the necessary training for teacher certification or experienced teachers seeking to enhance their current skillsets as they advance in their careers. The Master of Arts in Teaching parallels the undergraduate Teacher Education program and Master of Education degree by employing a set of core courses required to meet North Dakota teacher certification. The Master of Education is a practitioner-oriented degree, designed for the practicing teachers. The curriculum is structured around core requirements that provide a foundation in education, research, and technology. Six concentrations are available including Teaching & Technology, Technology Education, Library & Information Technologies, Teaching English Language Learners, Elementary Education, and English Education. The degree requires 35 hours of coursework, an action research report, and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio for completion.
Accreditation: Valley City State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 89
#12. Western Governor’s University
Western Governors University is a private nonprofit, online university enrolling over 46,000 students. WGU was established in 1997 and is dedicated to expanding access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers. Students at WGU work in coordination with faculty mentors online and through frequent phone communication, taking tests online which are proctored via webcam and other online proctoring technologies.
WGU’s Teachers College offers a wide variety of Masters degrees geared both toward those seeking first time certification and already licensed and practicing teachers. These programs of study can be completed between 4 and 6 terms which are a full six months in length. During each term the student can complete as much or as little of the degree requirements as possible which allows the student the flexibility to fit the program into his or her lifestyle. Degrees offered include many standard education degrees such as an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.Ed. in Instructional design, but also uniquely offers M.A. in Secondary Science Education with areas of emphasis on particular sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biological Sciences, and Geosciences). This would be a an excellent choice for the practicing science teacher looking to take his or her teaching to the next level.
Accreditation: Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally by the National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 88
#13. University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Chartered in 1869, the University of Nebraska—Lincoln is an internationally renowned teaching and research institution enrolling over 25,000 students. Through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service, the university is the state’s primary intellectual center providing leadership throughout the state through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. Teaching, research, and service take on a distinctive character at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln because of its status as a comprehensive land-grant university. These traits permit opportunities for the integration of multiple disciplines providing students more complete and sophisticated programs of study.
UNL offers its Master’s of Educational Administration degree program online with concentrations in P-12 School Administration and Higher Education Administration. Both programs require 36 credits for completion. The P-12 program is designed for students seeking administrative endorsement as an elementary (P-8) or secondary (7-12) principal. Courses integrate School Leaders Licensure Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for building-level administration and leadership. The higher education program is a generalist program for individuals interested in administrative positions in higher education. This master’s degree program offers learning opportunities in leadership development and other areas related to higher education.
Accreditation: The University of Nebraska Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 88
#14. Marshall University
Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University is a public research university consisting of nine undergraduate colleges and three graduate schools. Marshall University enrolls over 13,700 students and as one of West Virginia’s first public institutions of higher education, Marshall University was founded as Marshall Academy in 1837. Marshall University is committed to infusing an international dimension into teaching, learning, research and service.
The Graduate College at Marshall University offers Master of Arts in Education programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education each with a variety of concentrations. The programs do not provide endorsement for initial teacher licensure, and are designed for students who already hold a license. The program has a required 39 credits for completion which includes core classes that provide a broad foundation in pedagogy, technology, and human development, as well as six courses related to the students area of emphasis, and a final capstone course.
Accreditation: Marshall University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100 87
#15. Framingham State University
Founded in 1839 as the Normal School in Lexington, Framingham State University was the first school of its kind in the United States established to train high school graduates to be teachers. Located in Framingham, Massachusetts, FSU has offered online courses since 1998 making it among the first Universities to experiment with E-learning and has been a leader in online learning since. The university enrolls around 6,500 students.
Framingham State University offers asynchronous (no scheduled class times), fully online, as well as hybrid online/on-campus Master of Education programs with concentrations in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Educational Technology, Nutrition Education, and Elementary Education. The Master of Education concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for Teachers in Grades 1-6 is available partially online as a hybrid program. The M.Ed. degree requires 30 credits minimum for completion and consists of a core curriculum that develops the students understanding of theoretical foundations of education, and research and evaluation methodologies.
Accreditation: Framingham State University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College.
Tuition Score 1-100: 87
#16. Emporia State University
Founded in 1863 as a Teachers’ College, Emporia State University was the first public institution of higher learning in Kansas and has been preparing teachers in nationally acclaimed teacher education programs since. Located in Emporia, Kansas, the school enrolls over 6,000 students annually and is committed to preparing students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership.
Online and Distance Education is an important part of Emporia State University’s program offerings, with many students participating in federal financial aid. ESU’s Distance Education is working in cooperation with the Department of Education and states’ agencies to comply with required authorizations so that ESU can continue to provide educational access to students across the country. A wide variety of master’s programs in education are offered through the Emporia State Teachers’ College each with its own unique and focused curriculum. All graduate education programs offered through the college are available online. Most programs require a minimum of 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Emporia State University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the teacher education programs are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 87
#17. University of Colorado—Denver
Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, the University of Colorado—Denver is a public research university enrolling over 17,000 students. Originally established as a school of Medicine and Surgery in 1883, CU—Denver has since grown to become a comprehensive university offering over 130 degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. CU Denver is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.
As the largest graduate School of Education in Colorado, the School of Ed is committed to developing forward-thinking educators and counselors who have a deep sense of critical inquiry, and the cultural competence needed to serve urban, diverse populations. The School offers multiple online Master’s programs in Education including a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (with concentrations in Integrated Studies and Reading and Writing), a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies with one of two concentrations: eLearning design and Implementation, or School Library, and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education. These degrees require between 30 and 36 credits at minimum to complete the program. Note that the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, while an online degree, is limited to Colorado residents.
Accreditation: The University of Colorado—Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, while the programs in education are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Tuition Score 1-100: 86
#18. Columbia College
A private, non-profit, liberal arts and sciences college, Columbia College was originally founded as a Christian Female College in 1851 and was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. CC maintains 34 satellite campuses nationwide in addition to the day and evening campus in Columbia, MO, and its online campus, and between them enrolls over 31,000 students.
The online college at Columbia offers both a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership both of which require 36 credits for completion. The MAT curriculum consists of three core classes, two student selected classes in each of three areas of Curriculum and Instruction, (Psychological and Philosophical Foundations and Measurement and Evaluation) and three additional elective courses. The M.Ed in Educational Leadership consists of two possible tracks, the Principal Track and the Instructional Leader Track. This is a highly structured curriculum with a core of 27 credits and 9 credits of track courses. Note that students who reside outside of Missouri and plan to enroll in the Principal Track are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure as a principal in their state.
Accreditation: Columbia College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 85
#19. College of Saint Scholastica
The College of Saint Scholastica is a private Catholic College located in Duluth, Minnesota with satellite campuses across Minnesota and a new location in Arizona at the Communiversity at Surprise. Founded in 1912 by a small group of Benedictine nuns, the college enrolls over 4,000 students and provides intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work. As part of its mission to offer quality education to traditional and nontraditional students Scholastica offers a variety of online degree programs for working adults.
The online Master of Education is offered with six concentration options: Computer Science Education, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Educational Technology, Literacy Instruction, Online Instruction, and Professional Studies. The program is a fully online degree program for practicing teachers and other education professionals and engages learners to reflect upon their teaching practices to improve student learning and address critical issues in today’s schools. Program curriculum is divided into two major components: a professional core of seven courses and a 12-credit elective focus. The program requires a minimum of 33 credits.
Accreditation: The College of Saint Scholastica is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Education is also one of the first in the nation accredited under new national standards for teacher preparation programs. The School volunteered to be a pilot program for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which is the new body formed after two accrediting bodies, the Teacher education Accreditation Council, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, came together.
Tuition Score 1-100: 83
#20. University of West Florida
Established in 1963, the University of West Florida is a public university based in Pensacola, Florida with multiple satellite campuses throughout the region. UWF is home to five academic colleges, offering a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as specialist degrees and a doctorate in education. With a student population of nearly 13,000 and an average class size of less than 40, UWF is committed to providing a close-knit academic experience. UWF maintains a strong presence online with over 500 online courses offered and 30 degrees or certificate programs.
Online master’s degrees offered at UWF include a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology, and Reading as well as Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education. These are individualized programs of study for the career development of individuals who teach and design curricula in public schools. These degrees require a minimum of 36 credits for completion. Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.
Accreditation: UWF 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.
Tuition Score 1-100: 83
#21. Stephen F. Austin State University
Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University is a public institution founded in 1923 as a teachers’ college. SFASU 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. SFA offers online programs allowing students the flexibility to complete a degree even if they face challenges related to work, family obligations or distance from campus.
The James I. Perkins College of Education is the largest college at SFASU and offers online Masters programs including a Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education-Early Childhood, Master of Education-Educational Leadership (Principal Certification), Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education-Reading Specialist and Master of Education in Special Education. Most programs require 36 credits to complete.
Accreditation: SFASU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs within the School of Education are recognized by several National accrediting bodies including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 80
#22. Bowling Green State University
Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State university is a public university founded in 1910 as a Normal School, for the preparation of teachers. The university enrolls over 19,000 students and offers over 200 undergraduate programs as well as master’s and doctoral degrees through eight colleges. BGSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research institution with high research activity. Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society.
The College of Education and Human Development and eCampus at BGSU offers a wide variety of online graduate programs in Education through both fully online and hybrid delivery. These programs include: Master of Education in Learning Design, Classroom Technology, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Administration, Special Education, Music Education, Reading, and more. These are rigorous and individualized programs of study for the career development of individuals who teach, design curricula, engage in evaluation and research for education in public schools, and higher education. Programs require between 33 to 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Bowling Green State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 80
#23. Dakota State University
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 in the midwest. DSU provides learning that integrates technology and innovation to develop graduates ready to contribute to local, national, and global prosperity.
The online Master of Science in Educational Technology at Dakota State University is an instructional technology program designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for educators who are trained to integrate computer technologies into the curriculum and instruction. The primary emphasis of the master’s program is to prepare educators so that they can create learning environments that effectively integrate computers into the teaching and learning process. The program can be completed entirely online and requires 30 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 78
#24. University of South Dakota
Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD is a public research university that is consistently rated among the top doctoral institutions in the country. The University of South Dakota was established in 1862 making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas. The University of South Dakota is comprised of seven colleges and offers 205 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs of study, and enrolls over 10,200 students. In addition to its campus programs USD Online and Off-Campus Education offers accredited, high-quality academic programs and courses with the flexibility, convenience and affordability you desire.
The College of Education at USD offers an online Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration with emphases in in Adult and Higher Education, PreK-12 School Principal, and School District Superintendent, and a Master of Science in Technology for Education and Training which focuses on instructional systems and the principles of learning design. These programs draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom in order to support educators and leaders with educational best practices. Programs require either 32 or 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the School of Education holds NCATE for all degree programs.
Tuition Score 1-100: 78
#25. Bemidji State University
Founded in 1919 as a Teachers’ College, BSU is a public university located on the shores of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota. Bemidji State University serves over 5,300 students in undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs. BSU is committed to creating an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly accessible learning environment committed to student success and a sustainable future for our communities, state and planet. BSU’s extended learning opportunities make it easy and affordable for nontraditional students to complete their studies even while away from the BSU’s campus.
BSU offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in Online Instruction and a Master of Science in Special Education via its school for online/distance learning. Both are 35 credit minimum programs that consists of a core that is designed to establish foundational knowledge in areas such as the characteristics of learners, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation, instructional content and practice, planning and managing learning environment, and managing student behavior and social interaction skills. In addition to the core curriculum students can choose either a thesis option (9 credits) or a non-thesis research paper option (8 credits) to complete the degree program.
Accreditation: BSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Tuition Score 1-100: 78
#26. North Carolina State University—Raleigh
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina State University is a research heavy institution specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math. NCSU is also a leader in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management, teaching and research in design, the humanities, and the social sciences. NCSU enrolls over 34,000 students and utilizes its strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines to promote an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.
North Carolina State offers a wide range of online master’s degrees in education including programs in Technology Education, Special Education, Secondary Social Studies Education, Science Education, School Counseling, School Administration, Mathematics Education, Learning Design and Technology, Language Arts Education, Elementary Education, ESL, and more. Some programs are 100% online while other utilize hybrid online/on-campus delivery. Most programs require 36 credits for completion and will fulfill requirements for initial certification for teachers int the State of North Carolina. Those planning on teaching outside of North Carolina should verify that this program meets all requirements for certification in their individual state before enrolling.
Accreditation: North Carolina State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 78
#27. University of Arkansas
Founded in 1871 as a public land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System. With 27,000 students represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries, The U of A is the largest university in the University of Arkansas System. U of A has 10 colleges and schools offering more than 210 academic programs and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with very high research activity, a distinction which only two percent of universities and colleges nationwide have received.
The College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas offers online Master of Education programs in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Physical Education, and Special Education. These programs require between 33 and 36 credits for completion. Coursework is completed entirely online for these programs, but some require internship or practicum experience which is not completed online. It is possible for students studying from remote locations that the university can set up practicum experiences in your location, but prospective students should inquire about this before enrolling in the program.
Accreditation: The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Master in Education programs are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 75
#28. Texas Woman’s University
With enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is the nation’s largest university primarily for women. Texas Woman’s offers degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing, health sciences, the sciences, business and education. Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies. TWU is committed to transformational learning, discovery, and service in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity.
TWU offers a variety of online education master’s degrees either fully online or through hybrid study. These programs include master’s in Teaching, Special Education, Reading Education, Education of the Deaf, and Educational Administration. Programs require between 36 and 39 credits for completion. Many of these programs are designed to fulfill certification requirements for teaching in the state of Texas. TWU is not able to guarantee that graduates will be able to become certified in any other state, so students studying from a distance and seeking certification in their home state should be sure to check their own state’s requirements to ensure that the program will fulfill them.
Accreditation: Texas Woman’s University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 75
#29. Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Established as a Teachers’ College by the Louisiana State Legislature for the preparation of teachers in 1884, NSUL is a public university that has been dedicated to teaching and learning for over a hundred years. Northwestern State enrolls over 9,200 students. The NSUL campus is also home to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a state sponsored boarding school for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Northwestern State University prepares its students to become productive members of society and promotes economic development and improvements in the quality of life of the citizens in its region.
NSUL’s College of Education and Human Development offers online degree programs including M.Ed programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology Leadership and Special Education and Master of Arts in Teaching at Early, Middle, and Secondary Grades. Each program includes a variety of concentration options so that students can specialize their degree to meet their particular career goals and interests. Though the programs are fully online, students have the option to take some classes traditionally at the Northwestern campus. All students admitted into these programs also have access to study prep sessions for the national licensing exam, which are offered on campus each semester free of charge. Programs require a minimum of 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: NSU is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Education and Human Development has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954.
Tuition Score 1-100: 74
#30. Frostburg State University
Located in Frostburg, Maryland, Frostburg State University is a public comprehensive, student-centered institution dedicated to providing a quality education that leads to real-world success. FSU works towards regional and statewide economic and workforce development. Its programs promote cultural enrichment, civic responsibility and sustainability in the Frostburg community, the Western Maryland region and beyond. FSU enrolls almost 5,400 students and is committed to meeting students where they are – on campus or online – so that students can overcome barriers to furthering their education and earning a degree.
FSU offers an online Master of Education in Special Education designed to equip certified classroom teachers with the additional skills required to meet the learning needs of children facing exceptional challenges. The program looks at every element of the special education environment, from understanding exceptionalities and developing appropriate instructional content and practices to planning, managing behaviors and collaborating with others. The program requires between 39 and 42 credits for completion and includes 2 levels of specialization (grades 1-8 or grades 6-12).
Accreditation: Frostburg State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 72
#31. Wilkes University
Located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University is a private, non-sectarian university enrolling just over 5,000 students. The university was founded in 1933 and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, engineering, business, science, and the liberal arts through four different colleges. A small university, Wilkes is dedicated to providing students individualized attention, exceptional teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the university’s commitment to community engagement.
Wilkes University offers a wide variety of Master’s degrees in education both fully online and via hybrid, On-Off-Campus delivery. Programs include educational focus areas of Special Education, Educational Development, Leadership (w/ Principal certification), Effective Teaching, Instructional Media, International Education, Literacy Specialist, Online Teaching, and more. Many of the programs are partner programs with one of three partnering educational organizations (National Institute for Professional Practice, PLS 3rd, or Discovery Education). The degrees require between 30 and 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Wilkes University is regionally accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 72
#32. University of Louisiana—Monroe
Founded in 1931, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, or ULM is a public university and part of the University of Louisiana System which is composed of 9 universities across the state. The university enrolls over 8,645 students. ULM is a high quality institution of higher learning often noted as being underrated in terms of universities in the State of Louisiana. The University of Louisiana at Monroe seeks students who find value in our programs and prepares them to compete, succeed, and contribute in an ever-changing global society through a transformative education. ULM offers over 30 different online study options and continues to expand its distance options for students who cannot attend on campus.
ULM offers a variety of master’s degrees in education through its online school: the Master of Arts in Teaching (with concentrations in early, middle, and secondary grades as well as Special Education), Master of Education (with concentrations in reading, ESL, and special education) and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. These programs require 36 credits for completion and are designed for certified teachers who wish to enhance their effectiveness in particular areas of their craft.
Accreditation: ULM is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100 70
#33. Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus, providing access to higher education for deserving students in the mountain region and driving economic development in the far west as well as across the state. Located 50 miles west of Asheville in Cullowhee, NC, it’s proximity to the tremendous biodiversity of the Southern Appalachian Mountains provides research and discovery access for a wide variety of academic programs as well as unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities. WCU enrolls just over 11,000 students and has a satellite campus in Asheville as well. In addition, WCU offers a variety of online programs for students unable to attend classes on campus.
WCU offers online graduate degrees in education in Elementary and Middle Grades Education, School Administration, and Special Education. These online-only programs offer innovative and challenging curriculums designed to prepare teachers to develop and apply research skills, expand and deepen content area knowledge, and further the understanding of child and educational psychology in order to provide opportunities for curriculum development and exploration of current methodology. Programs require 33 credits for completion and will prepare graduates for certification in the state of North Carolina. Students seeking work outside of North Carolina should verify certification requirements in the state they will be seeking licensure.
Accreditation: Western Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 70
#34. Ball State University
Located in Muncie, Indiana with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, Ball State University is a public research university enrolling over 22,500 students. Founded in 1918, the university now offers about 190 undergraduate majors and 130 minor areas of study and more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees. Ball State University aspires to be the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st Century public research universities transforming entrepreneurial learners* into impactful leaders committed to improving quality of life. Ball State offers extensive online learning options at the undergraduate and graduate levels for working adults and other nontraditional students.
Ball State University offers a range of online master’s degrees in education including programs in Curriculum and Educational Technology, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Math Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Education, and more. These programs require between 30 and 36 credits and include various specialization options so that students can hone their studies to meet their individual interests and career goals.
Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Tuition Score 1-100: 70
#35. Regis University
Located in Denver, Regis University is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1877 in New Mexico. RU enrolls over 9,700 students annually and is continually recognized as a national leader in quality higher education. Regis aims to develop students as a whole person. Students from all faith backgrounds are bonded together by the common purpose of building a better society and are shaped by Jesuit, Catholic traditions, which emphasize the importance of critical thinking, having a global perspective and standing up for those who do not have a voice.
The School of Education at Regis offers a wide variety of online master’s degrees in education with initial-licensure, non-licensure and added endorsement options. Concentrations include: Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Reading, and Teaching the Linguistically Diverse. These programs require between 30 and 45 credits for completion depending on if the student is seeking second endorsements or initial teacher licensure. All degree programs are structured around a core curriculum that develops a foundation in educational theory as well as practical/professional skills for a well rounded preparation program regardless of the particular career path the student is pursuing.
Accreditation: Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and programs in education are recognized by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
Tuition Score 1-100: 69
#36. Graceland University
Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University is a small, private liberal arts university established by the Recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church). It is now a non-sectarian university. With campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri, the school enrolls about 2,300 students. Graceland has been a pioneer in distance learning with decades of experience providing exceptional education in the comfort of students’ homes. In 2000, Graceland moved to a purely online delivery method for several programs.
The online graduate programs in education at Graceland University include Master of Education degree options in: Curriculum and Instruction, Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Special Education, Technology Integration, and Instructional Leadership. These programs require between 30 and 36 minimum credits for completion. Programs are carefully designed to provide relevant content that can often be immediately used in a teacher’s classroom.
Accreditation: Graceland University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 69
#37. University of Central Florida
Located in Orlando, Florida, the University of Central Florida is one of the largest universities in the U.S. enrolling over 66,000 students. Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 216 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its 12 regional locations. With more than 80 online degrees and certificates available, UCF provides students with access to a high-quality education no matter where they are located.
UCF offers online master’s degrees in Art Education and Educational Leadership. Designed for those who do not have a bachelor’s degree in education or have earned their teaching certification in another discipline, UCF’s online art education master’s degree is also well suited for those with a background in art. This is an MAT with initial certification program so graduates will be ready to obtain licensure when they finish this degree. The Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership is designed as a global offering to persons who desire a master’s degree from one of the most respected university educational leadership programs in the United States. Such persons include curators of art centers and museums, directors of zoos and environmental centers, business human resources administrators, charter and private school administrators. The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is not a state approved program for certification in Florida. The program is designed to prepare students for administrative and leadership positions in school settings and other education-related fields that specifically do NOT require certification. Both degrees require 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: The University of Central Florida in regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 68
#38. California State University—East Bay
Enrolling nearly 440,000 students California State University is a public university system made up of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers across the state of California. Cal State is the largest public university system in the nation. The East Bay campus was founded in 1959 and is home to the most diverse student population on the U.S. mainland. Through its educational programs and activities the University strives to meet the educational needs and to contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation, and global communities.
California State University-East Bay offers a wide variety of fully online and hybrid master’s degree programs in education. These include programs in Online Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, and Reading and Literacy. Programs requires between 30 and 36 credits. These programs are ideal for already credentialed teachers who desire flexibility and convenience as they advance their careers while maintaining the rigorous work schedule of an employed teacher.
Accreditation: Cal State-East Bay is regionally accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the schools Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 68
#39. San Diego State University
Founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School, SDSU is a public research university enrolling over 36,000 students. The university has grown to become a leading public research university with an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU is designated as a top-tier research university by the Carnegie Foundation with very high research activity. Originally established as a school teacher’s college it remains committed to teacher preparation offering 26 different teaching credentials.
SDSU offers a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching with concentrations in Elementary and Secondary Education. The program is designed for those who are inspired to be responsive and innovative K-12 master teachers. The foundation of the degree is in social justice and equity in education. The degree focuses on inquiry-based education which includes hands-on instruction with problem-based learning and issues-centered curriculum, with a focus on reflection during the teaching process. A minimum of 24 units are required for completion of the program which can be finished in one year of full-time study.
Accreditation: San Diego State University is regionally accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Tuition Score 1-100: 67
#40. Southwestern College, KS
Located in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern College is a private College affiliated with the United Methodist denomination. Founded in 1885, the college’s focus on service learning has established nationally acclaimed programs in leadership, discipleship, and sustainability. Southwestern is a very small college, but has a surprisingly well developed selection of online programs in Business, Education, and Ministry.
Southwestern College Online Studies offers several master’s degrees in education including programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education (high and low incidence) and Teaching. Online courses for these programs are provided in six-week sessions with eight sessions per year, allowing students the option to complete the program at an accelerated pace. Each program includes specialization options so that students can fine tune their degree to meet specific career goals. Programs require 33 to 36 credits at minimum for completion.
Accreditation: Southwestern is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Education programs are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 65
#41. Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University is public research university founded in 1930. ODU offers 70 bachelors degrees, 60 masters and 35 doctoral degrees in various fields and enrolls over 24,400 students. Old Dominion is a leader in technology mediated distance learning and one of the largest providers of online learning in the nation through TELETECHNET, the schools distance learning platform where bachelors and masters degree programs are delivered through video streaming, satellite, 2-say web conferencing, and other online technologies.
Old Dominion University offers a range of online master’s degrees in education Programs offered include: Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Instructional Design & Technology, and Special Education. Depending on the program online study may be synchronous (regularly scheduled class times that occur in an online environment) or asynchronous (without regular class meetings). The programs require between 30 and 39 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Old Dominion University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the College of Education is nationally recognized by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 63
#42. Missouri Baptist University
Founded in 1957 as an extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College at Tower Grove Baptist Church in midtown St. Louis, Missouri Baptist University is a private, evangelical Christian University located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The University currently enrolls more than 5,200 students on its main campus and several satellite campuses throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The University seeks to ensure that all students have full access to the educational, social, and spiritual growth opportunities that the University provides to ensure that students understand and appreciate one of the University’s core values which is “social change through service and leadership.”
Missouri Baptist University offers several online masters degree options for educators: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Educational Technology, and the Master of Science in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. These degrees are offered 100% online with the exception of the MSE which gives the option of completing either fully online or through a hybrid approach. These programs require 31 or 36 minimum credits for completion.
Accreditation: MBU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the programs in education are accredited through the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 63
#43. University of Maryland—University College
A public university headquartered in Largo, Maryland, the University of Maryland University College was founded in 1947 as the College of Special and Continuation Studies, a branch of the University of Maryland’s College of Education, with locations in College Park and around the state. Today the university specializes in educating busy professionals. with career-relevant, affordable education. UMUC is one of the largest providers of distance education world wide and offers many entirely online or hybrid classes.
UMUC offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology, and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology. These programs are taught through online coursework, but some courses may require one or more on-campus visits per semester. Requirements for completion of these degrees range from 30 to 36 credits.
Accreditation: University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 61
#44. East Carolina University
Located in Greenville North Carolina, East Carolina University is a public research and sea-grant university. Founded as a teacher training school in 1907 and now enrolls over 29,000 students. The university is committed to student success, public service, and regional transformation and uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access to quality education for all. To this end ECU offers an extensive selection of online programs at undergraduate and graduate levels.
East Carolina University offers online Master of Arts in Education in full range of concentrations. The majority of these programs are open exclusively to those already possessing a North Carolina teaching license. Programs offered include Adult Education, Art Education, Birth through Kindergarten Education, Elementary Education, Health Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Special Education. Programs require 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: East Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 60
#45. Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is public research university located in Flagstaff, Arizona.NAU is distinguished for its quality of teaching, focusing on student-centered learning experiences in creative environments and for its dynamic research. NAU enrolls over 31,000 students and is committed to developing solutions to challenges and to driving innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment. NAU offers a wide variety of online degree programs and courses designed with flexibility in mind for working adults and other non-traditional students.
NAU offers a range of online program options leading to a Master’s degree in education. Concentrations include ESL and Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations, Educational Technology, Math Education, Science Teaching, Secondary Education, and Special Education. These programs include a variety of emphasis options and require 30 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Northern Arizona University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Programs in education are recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Tuition Score 1-100: 59
#46. University of Wyoming
Located in Laramie Wyoming, UW is land grant university founded in 1886, consisting of seven colleges and offering over 190 degree programs. The University of Wyoming enrolls over 13,900 students annually. UW is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable higher education of the highest quality; rigorous scholarship; the communication and application of knowledge; economic and community development; and responsible stewardship of our cultural, historical and natural resources. The Universities Outreach School offers more than 30 degrees, certificates, and endorsement programs through online learning platforms and video conference classes.
The College of Education at UW offers the following master’s degrees online: M.Ed.-Educational Administration with concentrations in Adult/Postsecondary Education and K-12, M.Ed-Instructional Technology, M.Ed.-Special Education, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. These programs of study may be delivered through a combination of online coursework, video/audio conferencing, and periodic on-campus intensives. The majority of degree programs will require 34 credits, while some may have a 41 credit hour option for the inclusion of thesis work for those planning on pursuing postgraduate studies.
UW is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. Education programs are nationally accredited through NCATE.
Tuition Score 1-100: 58
#47. Texas Tech University
Committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge, Texas Tech University, a comprehensive public research university, provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind. TTU is located in Lubbock, Texas and has a student enrollment of over 37,000. Online, off-campus and distance education at Texas Tech University System continues to be a vital component of its educational offerings as it strives to lead the way in offering programs and degree plans to students across the state, nation and world.
TTU offers Master’s degree programs in education online and through online hybrid study in a variety of concentrations. These include Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Instructional Technology, and Special Education. Each program includes a number of specialization options and requires 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tuition Score 1-100: 57
#48. Boise State University
Boise State University is a public, metropolitan research university providing leadership in academics, research and civic engagement. The university offers an array of undergraduate degrees and experiences that foster student success, lifelong learning, community engagement, innovation and creativity. It is the largest educational institution in the state of Idaho enrolling over 22,000 students and offering programs of study in nearly 200 areas of interest through seven colleges.
The Master’s in Educational Technology program has been offered through Boise State’s College of Education for well over a decade. Both a research oriented program for those considering pursuing higher level research or doctoral work after the completion of their masters: Master of Science in Educational Technology (M.S.E.T) and professional oriented degree focusing on skills and improving the performance of educators in the classroom: Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) are available. Both degrees require 33 credits for completion and consist of a core curriculum that explores the theoretical foundations, hands-on technology skills, and integration strategies for today’s learning environments. Also offered at Boise State University is an Online Master in Early and Special Education. This program is designed to offer enhanced professional development in the related fields of early childhood intervention and special education for experienced special educators and other professionals who provide supports and services to individuals with disabilities. This program require 34 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Boise State University is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the online graduate programs in Educational Technology are recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition Score 1-100: 56
#49. University of Nevada—Reno
Established in 1874, the University of Nevada—Reno is a public research university enrolling more than 18,200 students. Inspired by its land-grant foundation, the University of Nevada, Reno provides outstanding learning, discovery, and engagement programs that serve the economic, social, environmental, and cultural needs of the citizens of Nevada, the nation, and the world. The University recognizes and embraces the critical importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and is committed to a culture of excellence, inclusion, and accessibility.
The College of Education at UNR offers the following online Masters degrees in education: Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, Master of Education in Literacy Studies, Master of Science in Equity and Diversity in Education, and Master of Science with an emphasis in Information Technology in Education. These programs require between 32 and 39 credits for completion. Among these, the Master of Science in Equity and Diversity in Education is a unique offering of UNR as an advanced program of study on the use of inclusive methods to serve diverse learners in the classroom.
Accreditation: The University of Nevada—Reno is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, while the College of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 52
#50. Lamar University
Lamar University is a public research university that was founded in 1918 in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar enrolls over 14,200 students annually and is one of 29 public universities nationally classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education. As a doctoral granting institution, Lamar University is internationally recognized for its high quality academics, innovative curriculum, diverse student population, accessibility, student success, and leading-edge scholarly activities contributing to transforming the communities of Southeast Texas and beyond.
Lamar’s College of Education and Human Development offers online Master of Education programs in Education and Administration, Education Technology Leadership, School Counseling, Special Education, Teacher Leadership and Teacher Leadership-ESL. These programs are designed to prepare educators in the areas of general education, pedagogical content and strategies, content proficiency, communication skills, and analytical skills. All M.Ed programs at Lamar require at minimum 36 credits for completion.
Accreditation: Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and programs through department of education are recognized through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition Score 1-100: 50