Affordable Online Teaching Degrees

Earning an online bachelor’s degree in education prepares you for a rewarding career in teaching and changing the lives of future students. Education students much choose an age group to work with, which will guide the type of education degree they’ll pursue. Bachelor degree options include early childhood education (pre-k), elementary education, secondary education (wherein they specialize in an academic subject), English as a second language, special education, postsecondary education, and foreign language. In most states, students will need to earn certification to teach in public schools outside of their online education bachelor’s degree. However, many programs allow students to pursue certification and degree completion simultaneously. Many teachers eventually obtain a master’s degree, which leads to higher salaries and better job security — though most gain teaching experience before pursuing a master’s.

Pursuing an online bachelor’s degree in education is convenient, thanks to the commonly used asynchronous format. You can work through courses at your own pace, take classes full- or part-time, and generally accelerate or slow your pace as needed. The flexibility of online classes, however, means that students must be extremely self-motivated and comfortable reaching out to faculty or tutors if they need help. Online bachelor’s degree in education programs require students to intern and/or teach in the classroom, but programs usually make it easy to facilitate a student teaching practicum locally.

Below, we’ve ranked the top 50 affordable online bachelor’s programs in education. We took into account both academic and affordability factors, like admission and retention rates, student to faculty ratios, financial aid, and tuition cost. Prospective students should use this list as a starting point; to find the program that offers the right curriculum for you — including concentrations and flexible student-teaching opportunities — you should research individual schools further.


40 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Education
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Fort Hays State University

Value Score 6.82
Average Tuition $3,574
Students Receiving Financial Aid 70%
Net Price $8,911
Graduation Rate 42%
Student to Faculty Ratio 16:1
Admissions Rate 86%
Enrollment Rate 48%
Retention Rate 48%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 77%
Number of Online Programs 22

Founded in 1902 as a small teacher's college on an abandoned military outpost in Fort Hays, Kansas, Fort Hays State has grown into a comprehensive liberal arts institution. Today, almost half of FHSU's 14,000 students take classes through the university's Virtual College, and education remains one of the most popular subjects. Fort Hays offers several online bachelor's degree programs in education, including elementary ed, elementary ed with a special education minor, and early childhood education.

Each program is designed to ready students for licensure, and they provide a broad background in educational theory and the opportunity to put theory into practice with internships and student teaching experiences. Each major requires 55 credits of general education, 20-26 credits of professional study, 34-43 credits of major study, and 12 credit hours working in the classroom, adding up to a total of at least 127 credits to graduate. The special ed minor adds nine additional credit requirements. Coursework is delivered both asynchronously and in real-time. Virtual College students pay a drastically reduced tuition fee compared to non-resident on-campus learners.


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The Baptist College of Florida

Value Score 6.73
Average Tuition $9,600
Students Receiving Financial Aid 76%
Net Price $8,539
Graduation Rate 51%
Student to Faculty Ratio 11:1
Admissions Rate 52%
Enrollment Rate 56%
Retention Rate 56%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 58%
Number of Online Programs 12

The Baptist College of Florida has committed so fully to online education that every course offered on the Christian school's Graceville, Florida, campus is now offered online as well. That includes three online bachelor's in education programs: elementary education, English secondary ed, and history/social studies secondary ed. Each takes a Christian approach, and requires 18 hours of Bible classes, in addition to 33 hours of general education and 59-66 hours in major coursework. A total of 127-132 credits is required to take home a diploma.

Most classes at BCF are scheduled asynchronously, allowing students the utmost flexibility and the ability to continue working while they earn their degrees. Classes follow the traditional semester calendar and are priced the same as on-campus courses. The program is designed to create well-rounded teachers who can step into specialist roles in public and private K-6 and 6-12 classrooms. Online learners must take IT310, an orientation course. Tuition for distance education is offered at a reduced rate.


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East Carolina University

Value Score 6.65
Average Tuition $4,157
Students Receiving Financial Aid 80%
Net Price $10,740
Graduation Rate 62%
Student to Faculty Ratio 18:1
Admissions Rate 69%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 42%
Number of Online Programs 19

ECU was one of the first schools in the nation to recognize the potential of online learning, offering online degrees before almost any other university. Today, the Greenville, North Carolina public institution provides 90 degree programs on its virtual campus, including a handful of choices in the field of education. Five different programs are available to aspiring teachers. The birth-kindergarten education program looks at developmental issues in very young students. Family and consumer sciences education prepares program participants to teach in vocational and Cooperative Extension classrooms. Last, programs in elementary, middle school, and special ed are designed for students transferring from a North Carolina community college and are offered in partnership with the State Employees Credit Union (SECU). The others are only open to North Carolina residents.

The three SECU programs are cohort-based and were created to allow two-year students to finish a bachelor's degree in education online. A full-time internship in a public school is required during the senior year. Most learning is done asynchronously, though some classes may have weekly meeting times.


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Midway University

Value Score 6.65
Average Tuition $22,000
Students Receiving Financial Aid 78%
Net Price $17,114
Graduation Rate 53%
Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
Admissions Rate 46%
Enrollment Rate 40%
Retention Rate 40%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 84%
Number of Online Programs 18

A small, Christian institution in Kentucky, Midway University offers several online bachelor's degree programs in education, including twelve different options in subjects from elementary ed to learning and behavioral disorders. Most of the programs are 120-credit, four-year undergraduate degrees that prepare teachers for certification. Many are non-certification programs that provide a platform for a master's. Others are for teachers who don't plan on working in the United States or who want a paraprofessional job in the education industry.

The traditional teaching degrees -- those for aspiring educators who intend to work in public and private classrooms -- all have similar curricula. A total of 120 credits is required for each, and students complete 34 general education credits, 45-60 major course credits, and take a series of classes in their major area -- elementary ed, middle school science, secondary school science, English, or math. They also are required to earn 12 credits in student-teaching internships. Graduates are prepared to seek certification in Kentucky. Students from other states should check local requirements. The non-certification "education studies" programs don't have student teaching, PRAXIS, or methods course requirements.


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Western Governors University

Value Score 6.21
Average Tuition $5,780
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Net Price $8,572
Graduation Rate 14%
Student to Faculty Ratio 41:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 100%
Number of Online Programs 26

A pioneer in online education, WGU has its own virtual Teaching College, a school devoted exclusively to educating educators. As such, it's one of the best places to turn for a bachelor's degree in education online. Based in Salt Lake City, the comprehensive cyber university hosts eight different undergraduate options for prospective teachers, including a middle and high school-level math degree, five degrees for middle and high school-level sciences, and two degrees for kindergarten and up, one in interdisciplinary studies and the other in special ed.

The Teaching College is accredited by the standard-setting National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and was the first exclusively online university to win that honor. Thanks to its NCATE status, the university's programs prepare students for licensure not just in Utah but in all 50 states (most allow WGU grads to apply for direct licensure). The majority of coursework is completed asynchronously, and students typically accrue 122 units to graduate. In-classroom experience is mandatory, and students graduate with a professional portfolio. Perhaps best of all, WGU believes in competency-based education, so students can test out of certain requirements, saving time and money.


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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Value Score 6.12
Average Tuition $28,932
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Net Price $15,355
Graduation Rate 50%
Student to Faculty Ratio 6:1
Admissions Rate 59%
Enrollment Rate 43%
Retention Rate 43%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 44%
Number of Online Programs 25

A small Catholic school based in an Indiana town of the same name, St. Mary-of-the-Woods has been teaching long-distance for more than 40 years. The college offers prospective teachers a variety of avenues to a bachelor's degree in education online. Nine different NCATE-accredited programs are available, from kindergarten to high-school level in art, English, life sciences, math, social studies, and special education. Three include specialized mild intervention training.

Once students are accepted to St. Mary-of-the-Woods, they have to be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program, which requires completion of 40 college credits, while maintaining a minimum 2.75 GPA. They must also have adequate scores on the ACT, SAT, or Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment. Each of the degrees has its own specific criteria but they all require 120 credits, successful passage of the Woods Core, a series of liberal arts classes, 18 education core courses, a capstone project, and an in-classroom clinical experience. Classes are asynchronous and scheduled in accelerated in eight-week sessions, allowing students to earn their degrees in four years.


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University of Southern Mississippi

Value Score 5.99
Average Tuition $7,224
Students Receiving Financial Aid 73%
Net Price $11,554
Graduation Rate 50%
Student to Faculty Ratio 17:1
Admissions Rate 58%
Enrollment Rate 44%
Retention Rate 44%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 43%
Number of Online Programs 14

Southern Miss has a long tradition of teaching teachers. The comprehensive public research school in Hattiesburg has evolved into a massive institution with multiple campuses and a vibrant virtual college. Southern Miss offers three ways to earn an affordable bachelor's degree in education online: an early education, child, and family science program; a special ed program; and an elementary education program aimed at adults already working as teaching assistants.

All students in professional education programs at Southern Miss must first pass the five-part, Basic Technology Literacy Exam. The curriculum of each education major is different, but most require at least 122 credit hours. Classes are generally asynchronous and taught in sequential blocks, and all coursework can be done entirely via the web. Endorsements in math, science, English, and foreign languages can be added to the degree, allowing students to tailor their degree to their own needs and interests. Online learners pay in-state tuition.


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University of Louisiana at Monroe

Value Score 5.87
Average Tuition $5,484
Students Receiving Financial Aid 76%
Net Price $6,273
Graduation Rate 39%
Student to Faculty Ratio 21:1
Admissions Rate 88%
Enrollment Rate 43%
Retention Rate 43%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 33%
Number of Online Programs 14

One of the nine colleges in the University of Louisiana system, ULM has its own virtual campus, eULM, which hosts more than 30 digital degree programs, including an affordable bachelor's degree in education online. The Monroe institution's bachelor of science in elementary education follows a 120-credit curriculum, divided broadly into five categories: general studies, professional education, content studies in specific disciplines, integrative ed, and clinical work in the classroom.

The elementary education degree is accredited by NCATE and explores the pedagogical world of K-5. Classes are offered asynchronously and run in accelerated, eight-week blocks five times per year. Content studies are available in math, science, social studies, English, and history. ULM is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus, giving students access to more than 40,000 online courses from 300 different colleges and universities. Transfer credit is awarded for previous college classes and work experience, using the Prior Learning Assessment. Online learners at Monroe pay no out-of-state fees.


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Bellevue University

Value Score 5.83
Average Tuition $6,600
Students Receiving Financial Aid 63%
Net Price $8,204
Graduation Rate 18%
Student to Faculty Ratio 31:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 87%
Number of Online Programs 37

Named for the Nebraska town in which it is located, Bellevue is one of the few universities to offer an adult education degree online. The private, nonprofit institution dedicated itself to teaching working adults when it opened in 1966, and its affordable bachelor of science in adult education is an extension of that mission. The school trains students to instruct vocational programs and to work in high-school continuing education departments and colleges.

The cohort-based curriculum was designed for students with three years of relevant experience who are currently employed in a classroom where they can test what they're learning. It emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and innovation in coming up with effective instructional methods for older learners, and students learn to assess what course materials and delivery types work and how best to use them. A total of 127 credits are needed for graduation -- 36 in general education, 40 in major courses, 42 in electives, and nine in the mandatory Kirkpatrick Signature Series, three classes that promote Bellevue's conservative values. Tuition is the same online as it is in Nebraska.


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Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Value Score 5.79
Average Tuition $11,200
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Net Price $17,973
Graduation Rate 56%
Student to Faculty Ratio 5:1
Admissions Rate 73%
Enrollment Rate 75%
Retention Rate 75%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 36%
Number of Online Programs 3

An evangelical Baptist college in Reading, California, Shasta has an active Internet arm to spread its message, offering more than 20 degrees that can be earned entirely through the web. The school's Department of Distance Education offers a bachelor's degree in education online that prepares teachers for Christian classrooms. Much of the 129-credit curriculum is spent on theological studies.

Accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, the bachelor of arts in Christian teacher education program runs parallel to its on-campus counterpart, following 15-week semesters. Classes are delivered asynchronously, and coursework can be accessed 24/7. There are three terms annually -- fall, spring, and summer. Online learners pay the same as students on campus, and they have full access to the college's online library and other academic resources. More than 95% of program graduates have gone on to work in Christian schools.


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Brandman University

Value Score 5.77
Average Tuition $12,000
Students Receiving Financial Aid 70.3%
Net Price $9,918
Graduation Rate 43%
Student to Faculty Ratio 16:1
Admissions Rate 75%
Enrollment Rate 55%
Retention Rate 55%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 83%
Number of Online Programs 14

Established in 1958 to provide opportunities to the servicemen of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station outside Los Angeles, Brandman has a long history educating adult and non-traditional learners. The private, nonprofit, Irvine institution offers a full slate of degrees through the web, including an affordable bachelor's degree in education online that equips prospective teachers to work in elementary school classrooms. Those enrolled are expected to have already earned a minimum of 12 baccalaureate-level credits.

The bachelor of arts in liberal studies with an emphasis on multiple subjects teaching takes an interdisciplinary approach, including all the subject areas that K-5 typically teach: language arts, social studies, math, natural sciences, the arts, phys ed, and health. The NCATE-accredited program is aligned with the Common Core and touches on human development and the behavioral issues teachers might encounter in the modern classroom. The 120-credit curriculum also prepares graduates for master's programs and future education. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Brandman, and students must keep a 2.0 or better GPA.


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University of North Carolina Wilmington

Value Score 5.76
Average Tuition $4,188
Students Receiving Financial Aid 85%
Net Price $10,379
Graduation Rate 71%
Student to Faculty Ratio 17:1
Admissions Rate 61%
Enrollment Rate 29%
Retention Rate 29%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 30%
Number of Online Programs 3

UNC Wilmington has one of the best graduation rates in the 17-member University of North Carolina system. It's also among the most affordable. Set in the coastal city of Wilmington, UNCW offers a bachelor's degree in education online that prepares teachers to work with K-6 students. The Watson College of Education program follows a 124-credit curriculum, and it combines general studies and professional pedagogical education with hands-on, in-classroom experience.

The bachelor of arts in elementary education requires that students complete a minimum of 64 education credits and 18 additional credits in an area of concentration. Options include: math and technology, language arts, social studies, fine arts, science and health, English as a Second Language (ESL), international studies, or behavioral studies. Students must maintain a C- average GPA or better in all professional ed courses and a 2.7 or better to be eligible for the practicum semester. Classes are scheduled both asynchronously and in real-time. All learners are encouraged to declare their intention to enroll in the Watson College of Education as soon as possible once accepted to UNCW.


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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Value Score 5.65
Average Tuition $18,300
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Net Price $22,216
Graduation Rate 44%
Student to Faculty Ratio 14:1
Admissions Rate 28%
Enrollment Rate 70%
Retention Rate 70%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 59%
Number of Online Programs 21

A private, Christian, liberal-arts school in the Dallas metropolitan area, SAGU is the result of the merger of three Bible colleges. The new institution gained university status in 1994 and now has one of the most extensive cyber campuses of any Christian college anywhere. SAGU offers dozens of degree programs via the web, including an online bachelor's in elementary education, English language arts and reading at the middle and secondary school level, social studies/history at the middle and secondary school level, and a non-certification education degree. The bachelor of arts in elementary education is customizable, with concentrations in creative writing, social studies, science, math, and literature available. Students must take at least one religion course per semester.

The program curriculums vary, but each of these degrees can be earned entirely online with no on-site requirements. Classes follow asynchronous formats. SAGU has a generous transfer credit program, and students can earn credit for skills picked up on the job through the university's Experiential Learning Credit program. Accreditation is through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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Chaminade University of Honolulu

Value Score 5.57
Average Tuition $21,650
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Net Price $17,436
Graduation Rate 47%
Student to Faculty Ratio 11:1
Admissions Rate 82%
Enrollment Rate 34%
Retention Rate 34%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 48%
Number of Online Programs 10

Set in sunny Honolulu and overlooking the shores of Oahu, Chaminade has a very attractive campus, but these days more undergrads at the school earn their diplomas online than they do on campus. The private university's Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) offers four bachelor's degrees in education online, including elementary ed, secondary ed, early childhood education, and a version of the early childhood program with a Montessori credential. Designed for busy working professionals, each degree can be earned on an accelerated pace in 10-week terms.

All of Chaminade's undergrad online education programs prepare teachers for licensure and require 120 credits to graduate. Almost half of those are in general studies, followed by pre-major requirements, major classes, and electives. Coursework is delivered largely asynchronously. PACE admits students year-round, and there are four start dates per year. Chaminade is well known for its friendliness to the military, and the tuition of servicemen is dramatically reduced. Admission requires submission of all educational transcripts, including high school diploma or GED if less than 24 college credits have been earned.


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University of Alaska Southeast

Value Score 5.54
Average Tuition $4,838
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64%
Net Price $11,479
Graduation Rate 25%
Student to Faculty Ratio 12:1
Admissions Rate 49%
Enrollment Rate 88%
Retention Rate 88%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 66%
Number of Online Programs 5

Part of the University of Alaska System, UAS has campuses in several southeastern communities and offers more than 40 degree programs entirely online. The public, four-year university is based in the city of Juneau, and over 40% of its 3,700 students now attend class online. UAS hosts two online bachelor's in education -- one in elementary ed and one in special education -- that are open to anyone but focus on the unique needs of Alaska's population.

UAS set up its online campus to provide educational opportunities to students in the state's remote areas. The two programs have their own distinct curriculums, but they both require participants to complete 120 credits, including at least 35 general studies credits, at least 23 breadth requirements in subjects like Alaska history and culture, and at least 55 major requirements. Students earning an elementary education degree take part in a nine-month student teaching experience during their senior year, and they are assessed using state and national standards like those of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Association for Childhood Education International.


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Liberty University

Value Score 5.42
Average Tuition $19,569
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Net Price $23,150
Graduation Rate 49%
Student to Faculty Ratio 18:1
Admissions Rate 22%
Enrollment Rate 45%
Retention Rate 45%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 90%
Number of Online Programs 7

At Liberty University, all of the online bachelor's degree programs in education are taught from a biblical perspective. Founded by the famous Reverend Jerry Falwell, the Lynchburg, Virginia-based school is the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty offers three baccalaureate degrees for those interested in the teaching profession: a bachelor of science in elementary education, early childhood education, or special education. All of them are interdisciplinary, prepare students to enter postgraduate programs and earn certification, and are taught by professors who consider teaching a ministry.

The three programs are taught asynchronously, allowing students to study on their own time frame. Both the special education and early childhood programs can be accelerated, allowing students to earn a master's degree in five years. Each has been approved by the prestigious NCATE, by the Virginia Department of Education, and by the Association of Christian Schools International. All online students pay the same tuition, though military personnel receive generous discounts.


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Regis University

Value Score 5.36
Average Tuition $33,110
Students Receiving Financial Aid 79%
Net Price $20,275
Graduation Rate 73%
Student to Faculty Ratio 14:1
Admissions Rate 66%
Enrollment Rate 15%
Retention Rate 15%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 48%
Number of Online Programs 23

The curriculum of the bachelor of arts in elementary education at Regis University emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of service to others, and the Catholic Denver institution was founded by the Society of Jesus. The bachelor's degree in education online was set up for students seeking their initial licensure in K-6 education, and graduates earn licensure/endorsement from the states of Colorado and Wyoming. The program is also approved by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, which makes meeting the licensing standards of other states more straightforward than it would be otherwise.

The 120-credit program focuses on creating teachers who are creative and inspiring, and it integrates instructional technology wherever possible. Students must past the PLACE or PRAXIS exam before moving on to the mandatory nine-credit student teaching experience. As many as 75 credits may be transferred in. Admission requires a 2.5 or better GPA on all previous college courses, a background check, and an interview. Tuition is the same on campus or online.


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Prescott College

Value Score 5.30
Average Tuition $26,088
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Net Price $17,598
Graduation Rate 30%
Student to Faculty Ratio 9:1
Admissions Rate 70%
Enrollment Rate 15%
Retention Rate 15%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 41%
Number of Online Programs 36

Prescott's online bachelor of arts in education and teacher preparation is a limited-residency program. Students are required to visit Prescott, Arizona, for the small, alternative college's famous new student orientation -- a wilderness trip. Known for experiential education and student self-direction, Prescott designed its rigorous 120-credit education program so that participants can create their own degree, adding endorsements in early childhood education, reading specialization, and structured English immersion. Two "breadths", or minors, are required, and a pathway program allows students to begin their master's while finishing their undergrad degree.

The college considers its bachelor's degree in education online a hybrid program because it requires not only asynchronous web-based classwork, but also work in the student's community. Prescott stands out for its 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio and mentored courses and internships. The school is liberal with transfer credits.


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University of Missouri - Columbia

Value Score 5.25
Average Tuition $8,286
Students Receiving Financial Aid 87%
Net Price $11,896
Graduation Rate 69%
Student to Faculty Ratio 20:1
Admissions Rate 78%
Enrollment Rate 36%
Retention Rate 36%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 30%
Number of Online Programs 7

Nicknamed "Mizzou," the University of Missouri is the largest and most comprehensive public university in the Show Me State, and it was the first institution of higher education established west of the Mississippi. But the land-grant giant isn't stuck in the past -- it's home to a virtual campus that is as large in cyberspace as Mizzou is on the ground. The university offers more than 100 programs via the web, including a cheap bachelor's degree in education online that takes an interdisciplinary approach to modern education.

Run by Mizzou's College of Education, the bachelor of educational studies program is not intended for students looking to earn state certification to work in public schools. Rather, it's geared toward those who want to teach in adult education, continuing ed, and workforce development departments. The 120-credit curriculum explores career guidance, special education, and occupational-ed for special needs students, and students can pursue their degrees with semester-based or self-paced coursework. The typical participant brings 24 credits to the program. No campus visits are required.


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Asbury University

Value Score 5.23
Average Tuition $27,736
Students Receiving Financial Aid 81%
Net Price $20,668
Graduation Rate 63%
Student to Faculty Ratio 11:1
Admissions Rate 57%
Enrollment Rate 34%
Retention Rate 34%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 38%
Number of Online Programs 7

Asbury U is an evangelical Christian college set in Wilmore, Kentucky. The school's bachelor's degree in education online is intended for Christian students who are from Kentucky or live in a neighboring state as the student-teaching requirements must be completed in a Bluegrass State elementary school.

Like all of Asbury's degree-completion programs, the bachelor's in elementary education follows an accelerated, eight-week format. Classes are conducted both asynchronously and in real time, giving students an immersive experience. Applicants must send in transcripts from previous schools, provide two references, and fill out the "character and fitness" form. A total of 124 credits are needed to earn a degree, including 82 in the major core, 36 in foundational studies, 12 credits of student teaching, nine credits of biblical coursework, and six credits of electives. As many as 75 can be transferred in. Tuition is the same for all online learners.


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Mayville State University

Value Score 5.21
Average Tuition $4,930
Students Receiving Financial Aid 50%
Net Price $9,341
Graduation Rate 27%
Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 57%
Number of Online Programs 9

Mayville State was founded in 1889 as one of North Dakota's earliest teacher's colleges, and it also has a firm commitment to technology. It was the nation's first tablet college, giving every new student a tablet PC, and it integrates the latest tech into programs wherever possible. So, it's no surprise that the small, Mayville-based public institution is a national leader in web-based teacher education. The university offers several cheap online bachelor's in education degrees, including programs in early childhood education, elementary ed, mathematics ed, and special education.

The curriculums vary by program. Most are offered entirely online, but some, like early childhood, require students to attend video lectures at a satellite campus in North Dakota. Others, like special ed, have abbreviated options for currently licensed teachers. Still others, like the cohort-based bachelor of science in education in mathematics education, have very particular schedules. Double majors are possible at Mayville, and there are endorsements that can be added, too, enhancing a teacher's job prospects. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.


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LeTourneau University

Value Score 5.19
Average Tuition $27,380
Students Receiving Financial Aid 69%
Net Price $17,712
Graduation Rate 54%
Student to Faculty Ratio 12:1
Admissions Rate 45%
Enrollment Rate 30%
Retention Rate 30%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 57%
Number of Online Programs 13

LeTourneau was established to train the adult workers of R.G. LeTourneau's factory, and the Longview, Texas Christian school has since been committed to providing education opportunities to students who are employed full-time. Today, the school offers dozens of degree programs via the web, including a bachelor's degree in education online. The bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies: fourth to eighth grade generalist is a 126-credit program that prepares aspiring middle school teachers for certification.

The curriculum is broad based and includes 56 credits of general studies, featuring many theological classes. The major itself requires 50 credits, and three concentrations are part of the equation: reading, social studies, and language arts. Graduates are ready for Texas certification if they meet all requirements. LeTourneau also offers a very similar program for early childhood through 4th grade, a minor in reading, and certification in English as a Second Language and special ed. Tuition is the same for all e-learners.


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Judson College

Value Score 5.17
Average Tuition $15,774
Students Receiving Financial Aid 70%
Net Price $12,695
Graduation Rate 41%
Student to Faculty Ratio 9:1
Admissions Rate 63%
Enrollment Rate 31%
Retention Rate 31%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 24%
Number of Online Programs 14

Judson College's on-campus programs are for women only. The Marion, Alabama school is one of the oldest women's colleges in the United States, founded by Baptists in 1838. These days, however, all students are welcome to enroll online. Judson's Distance Learning program offers a variety of degrees via the internet, to both genders. Among them are a trio of bachelor's degrees in education online: elementary education; secondary English/language arts, 6-12; and secondary general social studies, 6-12.

Students in any of the online education bachelor's programs typically complete all general studies before moving on to their major coursework. They follow a cohort model, mirroring the on-campus version, and program participants are partnered with mentor students. Classes are delivered asynchronously, and students have six months to complete them, working at their own pace. A GPA of 2.75 must be maintained throughout the curriculum. Graduates will have completed the necessary requirements for certification in Alabama.


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Park University

Value Score 5.13
Average Tuition $11,070
Students Receiving Financial Aid 59%
Net Price $14,473
Graduation Rate 29%
Student to Faculty Ratio 17:1
Admissions Rate 40%
Enrollment Rate 28%
Retention Rate 28%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 71%
Number of Online Programs 20

More than 17,000 students are now enrolled in this nonprofit, liberal-arts institution's off-campus educational programs. Park's bachelor's degree in education online is a generalist program focused on elementary education. The bachelor of science in education studies has four areas of emphasis: young child (birth to third grade); youth (grades one to six); early childhood education and leadership, which has an administrative slant; and early childhood education and teaching young children, which takes a curriculum-development tack.

All of Park's online education courses require 120 credits to graduate and students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Coursework is scheduled in accelerated, eight-week sessions, and there are five start dates per year. Each of the specialties in the education studies program requires its own practicum, and none lead directly to certification. (Students should check requirements in their states.) Accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission. Online students pay the same tuition as on-campus learners.


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Drexel University

Value Score 5.08
Average Tuition $46,386
Students Receiving Financial Aid 84%
Net Price $29,355
Graduation Rate 68%
Student to Faculty Ratio 10:1
Admissions Rate 75%
Enrollment Rate 13%
Retention Rate 13%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 39%
Number of Online Programs 13

Drexel University is home to one of the nation's oldest and most respected online campuses. A comprehensive research institution in Philadelphia, the school has been providing access to degrees via the internet for nearly two decades, and it offers an affordable bachelor's in education online aimed at students with some college experience. The bachelor of science in education at Drexel equips aspiring educators with everything they need to enter elementary school classrooms. The program is part-time, and has three tracks: pre-K to fourth grade certification; pre-K to fourth grade special education certification; and non-certification.

The curriculum takes participants through all the traditional elementary school disciplines, including reading, math, natural sciences, and the arts, and focuses on best practices in modern pedagogy. Students typically finish in 10 terms, or 2.5 years, depending on how many credits they transfer in. The final semesters are devoted to 12 weeks of student teaching. Those in the non-certification track substitute more coursework for in-classroom time. The program meets the rigorous licensing standards of Pennsylvania, which tend to be stricter than other states. Online students pay 40% less than campus tuition.


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Gardner-Webb University

Value Score 4.90
Average Tuition $27,890
Students Receiving Financial Aid 73%
Net Price $17,884
Graduation Rate 50%
Student to Faculty Ratio 13:1
Admissions Rate 53%
Enrollment Rate 23%
Retention Rate 23%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 45%
Number of Online Programs 8

A Baptist college set in the foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Gardner-Webb has been nationally recognized for the quality of its online programs. The private, nonprofit university has an extensive selection of web-delivered degrees, from the baccalaureate to master's levels, including an affordable bachelor's degree in education online. A degree-completion program, the bachelor of science in elementary education emphasizes child development, exploring the learning characteristics of kids 5-12, as well as Christian values in the classroom. Applicants should have completed 48 hours of college-level work previously.

After completing Gardner-Webb's general studies requirements, program participants tackle three semesters of elementary-ed coursework and field experience, taking 12 hours per term. Six hours are done during a special summer session, and the fourth semester is comprised of student teaching. All classes can be pursued online. Graduates are ready for licensure in North Carolina (students from other states should check local requirements). Students from California, New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts are ineligible due to state restrictions.


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Granite State College

Value Score 4.88
Average Tuition $7,032
Students Receiving Financial Aid 56%
Net Price $12,765
Graduation Rate 23%
Student to Faculty Ratio 12:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 82%
Number of Online Programs 32

Part of the New Hampshire public university system, Granite State College was created to provide quality degree programs for working adults, and it has enthusiastically taken to the web to carry out its mission. More than 77% of the Concord school's student body studies in cyber classrooms. The bachelor of science in early childhood education has three key components: mentorship of a master teacher, hands-on experience in pre-K-3 classrooms, and the opportunity to gradually build teaching skills. The program leads to certification in New Hampshire, and a special education certification is also added.

Students pursuing Granite State's bachelor's degree in education online need 120 credits to graduate, and must maintain a C average or better. The PRAXIS exam is required before students begin the last 60 credits of the course. The college has a rolling admissions policy, allowing students to begin whenever they're ready. Non-resident students pay only slightly more than New Hampshire students.


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Western New Mexico University

Value Score 4.85
Average Tuition $3,740
Students Receiving Financial Aid 51%
Net Price $11,535
Graduation Rate 21%
Student to Faculty Ratio 16:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 62%
Number of Online Programs 13

Western New Mexico University opened its doors as a teacher's college in 1893, and it has been filling classrooms with teachers ever since. The small, Silver City university has enjoyed rapid growth in its distance learning programs in recent years, and it now hosts three online bachelor's in education: elementary education, early-childhood education, and special education. Each follows the same format, requiring students to complete general studies, major components, professional courses, and field training. Emphasis is put on contextual knowledge, a strong educational foundation, application and reinforcement of what's learned, and a capstone project.

The curriculum is asynchronous, and professors at WNMU will work around a student's busy schedule. Program participants not only have a faculty advisor but a student one as well, creating close mentor relationships. A 2.75 GPA is required to apply for practice teaching. Successful graduates leave with all coursework needed for their New Mexico certification, letters of recommendation from clinical faculty, and a professional behaviors-and-dispositions assessment. Out-of-state students pay close to the in-state tuition.


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Bemidji State University

Value Score 4.81
Average Tuition $7,360
Students Receiving Financial Aid 66%
Net Price $10,320
Graduation Rate 44%
Student to Faculty Ratio 21:1
Admissions Rate 94%
Enrollment Rate 31%
Retention Rate 31%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 40%
Number of Online Programs 10

The online bachelor's degree at Bemidji State is a three-year, hybrid program that requires students to visit one of the public university's partner campuses (Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota) three times a year. Intended for students who have already earned an associate or completed the equivalent of their first two years of college, it combines the convenience of online learning with the collaborative possibilities of residency programs. Nicknamed "DLiTE," the bachelor of science in elementary education distributed learning in teacher education program meets all Minnesota Board of Teaching Requirements.

The DLiTE curriculum readies prospective teachers for work in kindergarten through grade six classrooms and is composed of 63 credits. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained throughout. A pass-fail student-teaching experience, under the guidance of faculty, is required. Program participants should check locally for their state's requirements. Applicants must have kept a 3.0 or better GPA during their previous college courses, and passed the basic skills requirements. These can be met with qualifying ACT or SAT scores.


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SUNY Empire State College

Value Score 4.78
Average Tuition $6,470
Students Receiving Financial Aid 50%
Net Price $13,371
Graduation Rate 17%
Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 59%
Number of Online Programs 12

Part of the state university system of New York, SUNY Empire was established to cater to the needs of adult and non-traditional students. The Saratoga Springs public institution offers a wealth of internet degree programs to do just that, among them a broad-based bachelor's degree in education online. Students can essentially build their own BS or BA in educational studies, mapping out a curriculum that best suits their needs. Areas of study available include: early childhood education, adult ed, educational psychology, teaching strategies, instructional technologies, and family education, among many others. Students in the program are also prepared to pursue a master of arts degree in teaching.

The programs at SUNY Empire require a self-starter willing to do the legwork him or herself, and the school does not have a single program that leads to certification. The reward of doing things this way is a custom degree tailored to a student's exact interests. Coursework is conducted both asynchronously and in real-time. All non-resident learners are eligible for a tuition waiver to offset costs. Student services from tech support to advising are available 24/7.


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Southwestern Adventist University

Value Score 4.73
Average Tuition $19,296
Students Receiving Financial Aid 73%
Net Price $17,473
Graduation Rate 45%
Student to Faculty Ratio 11:1
Admissions Rate 49%
Enrollment Rate 21%
Retention Rate 21%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 10%
Number of Online Programs 9

Southwestern Adventist has been in the business of distance learning for more than 35 years, and the Keene, Texas, Christian university is home to a range of web-based degree programs. The school's bachelor's degree in education online provides students with the academic foundation they need for certification in Texas. More than 90% of the program's graduates pass their licensing exams, and the state has reciprocity agreements with 46 other states. Due to the university's Seventh Day Adventist traditions, students must take a number of Bible-based classes.

Candidates for the bachelor of science in elementary education must accrue 125-127 credit hours for state certification. After completing their general studies, students complete a professional development curriculum of 36 credits, followed by 39 credits in teaching methods. Students typically complete both a microteaching experience, where they observe working teachers, and fulfill a six-credit student-teaching requirement of their own. Coursework is delivered asynchronously, for the most part, and classes are taught by the same professors who teach on campus. Online students benefit from significantly reduced prices for the same content students get in brick-and-mortar classrooms.


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University of Wisconsin - Superior

Value Score 4.62
Average Tuition $6,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid 67%
Net Price $8,700
Graduation Rate 40%
Student to Faculty Ratio 16:1
Admissions Rate 94%
Enrollment Rate 39%
Retention Rate 39%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 29%
Number of Online Programs 6

The University of Wisconsin – Superior has more than a century of experience educating teachers. The small public university in the city of Superior was founded in 1893 as a teacher's college, and since then has gained a national reputation for excellence and affordability in the field of education. Among the school's many web-based programs is a bachelor's degree in education online that is ideal for students interested in teaching in K-6 classrooms. The bachelor of elementary education prepares learners for certification in Wisconsin and many other states.

The four-year curriculum is interdisciplinary, and each student must declare one of the following minors: language arts, English, German, Spanish, geography, health, math, early childhood education, science, social studies, or special education. Program participants are required to travel to campus for a student-teaching interview, a student-teaching orientation, three one-day teaching seminars and two classes in health and human performance. The mandatory semester of student teaching can be completed in the student's local community. The university also offers a broader education bachelor's. All online students pay the same tuition rate as those on campus, and must pay an online administrative fee.


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Wilmington University

Value Score 4.53
Average Tuition $10,380
Students Receiving Financial Aid 60%
Net Price $14,677
Graduation Rate 23%
Student to Faculty Ratio 14:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 85%
Number of Online Programs 18

From its main campus in Newcastle, Delaware, Wilmington University has become a national leader in online education. The private, nonprofit research institution has provided career-oriented programming to working adults for decades, and it now hosts more than 90 degrees and thousands of courses that can be completed entirely online. These include an online bachelor of science in education studies with three areas of concentration: early childhood, elementary, and middle-level. The 122-credit program typically takes four years to complete.

Education majors follow a NCATE-approved curriculum broken into five parts. They must take 42 credits in general education credits, 12 in fine arts, 21 in social and behavioral studies, 39 in major coursework, and the remainder in electives. They must also prepare an e-portfolio, learning how to integrate technology in their instruction methods. A GPA of C- or better is required for all major classes. Up to 90 credits can be transferred in. Applicants can try an online course for free at Wilmington's site.


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Bay Path University

Value Score 4.42
Average Tuition $31,785
Students Receiving Financial Aid 80%
Net Price $17,487
Graduation Rate 57%
Student to Faculty Ratio 12:1
Admissions Rate 77%
Enrollment Rate 20%
Retention Rate 20%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 31%
Number of Online Programs 9

Bay Path was the first university in the nation to offer an all-women's online school. Based on the campus at the Longmeadow, Massachusetts, institution, the American Women's College offers more than 20 accelerated degrees entirely over the Internet. The school's affordable bachelor's degree in education online is a non-licensure program that fulfills all elements needed for certification in Massachusetts except the in-classroom practicum and the exam itself. The bachelor of arts in education studies program is intended for women who want to go on to graduate school, work in a preschool setting, or seek employment in an education-related field like social work or psychology.

With six-week sessions and six start dates a year, the program can be completed in as little as one year, depending upon how many credits are transferred in (the college will accept as many as 90). AWC's award-winning SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning) platform studies your learning habits and adapts to suit your educational needs. Credit is granted for work experience. Accreditation is through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Tuition is a flat rate $400 per credit.


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Sterling College

Value Score 4.39
Average Tuition $22,700
Students Receiving Financial Aid 62%
Net Price $15,247
Graduation Rate 42%
Student to Faculty Ratio 12:1
Admissions Rate 41%
Enrollment Rate 30%
Retention Rate 30%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 6%
Number of Online Programs 4

Not to be confused with the environmental college in Vermont of the same name, Sterling College is an evangelical, four-year school in Sterling, Kansas, with a small online arm. Sterling offers an NCATE-accredited bachelor of arts in elementary education that can be earned online with three campus visits. Focused on the needs of children in kindergarten to fourth grade, STEP (Sterling Teacher Education Program) prepares participants for licensure in Kansas, and emphasizes management techniques, lesson planning, and methods of instruction.

Students pursuing Sterling's cheap bachelor's degree in education online follow the same curriculum as the school's on-campus education majors. Classes are taught asynchronously and begin every eight weeks, year round. Core requirements require a grade of C or higher. The college reduces tuition rates by almost 60% for summer sessions. Many of Sterling's resources, from career services to the library, can be accessed online, and the school even has an online chaplain.


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National University

Value Score 4.29
Average Tuition $12,744
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64%
Net Price $23,483
Graduation Rate 30%
Student to Faculty Ratio 20:1
Admissions Rate 100%
Enrollment Rate 37%
Retention Rate 37%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 69%
Number of Online Programs 36

A huge, nonprofit corporation, National University is one of the largest purveyors of online degrees. The La Jolla, California, school's Sanford College of Education sponsors a bachelor's degree in education online aimed at students who intend to teach in pre-K-3 classrooms. The bachelor of arts in early childhood education adheres to the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Child Development Associates National Competency Standards, and it prepares participants for licensure in California. Emphasis is placed on designing learning environments and strategies to maximize the potential of very young learners.

The curriculum is broad based, exploring such issues as brain development and early cognition, parent empowerment, peer collaboration, child advocacy, and early literacy. Three areas of concentration are available, including early childhood administration, infants and toddlers, and teacher education. National uses quarter units, and the degree requires 180 units, 45 of which must be completed through the university itself. Background checks are needed for field work and are the student's responsibility.


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Limestone College

Value Score 4.24
Average Tuition $23,900
Students Receiving Financial Aid 56%
Net Price $21,415
Graduation Rate 39%
Student to Faculty Ratio 18:1
Admissions Rate 46%
Enrollment Rate 31%
Retention Rate 31%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 54%
Number of Online Programs 14

Limestone was one of the nation's earliest colleges for women, established in 1845. These days the private, non-denominational Christian institution accepts men as well as women, and it's grown into a multi-campus educational empire. Limestone offers a cheap bachelor's degree in education online that gives aspiring teachers the framework they need to lead successful careers in second to sixth grade classrooms. It also provides a solid liberal arts base for those who want to earn their master's in the field.

The 123-credit bachelor of arts in elementary education curriculum gives a generalist overview of teaching, and students typically do a 60-day pass-fail clinical practicum in their last semester. (The PRAXIS II exam must be passed first.) Classes are asynchronous in nature, and typically taken two at a time, every eight weeks. Students can transfer as many as 66 credits in. Online students pay the same tuition fees as those on campus.


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Southwestern College

Value Score 4.21
Average Tuition $25,796
Students Receiving Financial Aid 65%
Net Price $20,033
Graduation Rate 44%
Student to Faculty Ratio 8:1
Admissions Rate 91%
Enrollment Rate 27%
Retention Rate 27%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 58%
Number of Online Programs 20

A small Methodist university located 40 miles outside of Wichita, Kansas, Southwestern has a Professional Studies Division that offers a pair of bachelor's degrees in education online. Both the bachelor of arts in elementary education and the BA in early childhood education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and can be pursued entirely online. Graduates of either program are licensed to teach in Kansas, which has more stringent standards than most states.

The two programs are designed for busy, working professionals, and classes are scheduled in accelerated six-week sessions. Both culminate in capstones that put students into classrooms under the observation of mentors. Most courses are asynchronous and intended to be as flexible as possible, and a GPA of 2.75 must be maintained. A total of 124 credits is required for graduation, and 30 must be earned through Southwestern. Students can apply for credit for college coursework, military and professional experience, and tests like CLEP and DANTES.


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Lees-McRae College

Value Score 3.59
Average Tuition $24,154
Students Receiving Financial Aid 63%
Net Price $17,610
Graduation Rate 36%
Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
Admissions Rate 67%
Enrollment Rate 21%
Retention Rate 21%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 34%
Number of Online Programs 5

A private four-year school located in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Lees-McRae only has a handful of online programs, but the quantity doesn't reflect the quality. The Presbyterian college's bachelor's degree in education online has maintained a success rate of at least 98% over the past several years. The degree is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, and it prepares students for licensure in North Carolina. It's assumed that applicants entering the program will have finished the first two years of their college education.

The bachelor of arts in elementary education takes a holistic approach to teacher preparation, placing a premium on positivity and reflection, and presents the teacher as an inspiration, role model, and mentor to students. Applicants are required to visit Banner Elk, North Carolina, for a pre-admission interview. The mandatory student-teaching internship must be completed in the Lees-McRae service area or be approved by the college. Students must have a 2.5 GPA on previous college coursework.


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Notre Dame College

Value Score 3.53
Average Tuition $26,820
Students Receiving Financial Aid 64%
Net Price $16,735
Graduation Rate 39%
Student to Faculty Ratio 14:1
Admissions Rate 91%
Enrollment Rate 17%
Retention Rate 17%
Percentage of Students in Online Programs 34%
Number of Online Programs 8

Notre Dame College's online bachelor of arts in education presents students with two specialized avenues to their teacher's license. One track leads to licensure in early childhood education, the other to certification as a mild to moderate intervention specialist (MMIS) in K-12 classrooms. The faculty at the Catholic liberal arts college of 1,000 in South Euclid, Ohio, are experts in the current trends in contemporary education and create a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Accreditation is through the prestigious NCATE.

Notre Dame's bachelor's degree in education online is based on the guidelines set by the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, and it includes significant time in the classroom. Students on the MMIS track learn best practices in inclusion, intervention, and resources for the modern educational environment. Early childhood students explore the world of nursery schools to third grade, from cognitive development to behavioral issues. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required for admission. Tuition is at a flat rate per credit hour.


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