Online Teaching Programs: More Top Values is a continuation of Online Teaching Degree Programs: Top 10 Values.
20. Fort Hays State University
Online Education Degrees
The Virtual College at Fort Hays State University offers a top teaching program online – actually, it has some of the best online teaching programs simply because of how many it offers! Three distinct education programs are available: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Elementary with a Minor in Special Education. Each of these options features a similar balance of general and major-specific courses in its curriculum, including 14-credit-hours of student teaching. In case these options don’t appeal to you, FHSU also houses three accredited online teaching programs in business. You can study Training and Development, Corporate Communication, or even earn your business teaching certification!
Net Price: $11,698/yr
19. University of Cincinnati
Online BS in Elementary Education and Child Development
The Elementary/Early Childhood Education program at UC is one of the top three in the nation, according to USA Today. Why? The flexibility it offers is perhaps the biggest appeal of this accredited teaching degree online, giving professionals and parents the time and space they need to study without shirking other responsibilities. And of course the University of Cincinnati also makes it onto our online teaching programs ranking. Besides its affordability and commitment to student success, UC also excels for the “guiding principles” of its education program. Above all, the university seeks to produce future teachers who are confident, knowledgeable about technology, and eager to improve classroom experiences for young children.
Net Price: $19,739/yr
18. University of Northern Colorado
Online Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts: Teacher Education Emphasis (Birth-Grade 3) + Licensure
While many of these online teaching programs can seem pretty similar, there are a few that truly offer something different. The University of Northern Colorado is one of those schools! Students in the Early Childhood Education program take just one course at a time, allowing them to focus all of their energy on a single subject before moving onto the next. And when it comes to field experiences, how would you like to get paid for the time you spend in the classroom? At UNC, you can, thanks to an “apprenticeship model” that allows you to start earning money long before you graduate.
Net Price: $12,978/yr
17. University of Wisconsin Superior
Online Degree-Elementary Education
The University of Wisconsin at Superior has a simple mission: to help students earn an education that is both convenient and rewarding. Why sacrifice personal satisfaction just because you are taking classes online? Indeed, the majority of the affordable teaching degree online courses within this Elementary Education program are available through UW’s Distance Learning Center. However, you will need to complete all of your student teaching requirements in person at an approved site within Wisconsin or neighboring parts of Minnesota. Thus, the program is targeted to students who live locally and simply don’t have the flexibility to make the daily commute to campus.
Net Price: $10,748/yr
16. Asbury University
Online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
There are too many positive features to list about Asbury University’s education program to include them all in one short paragraph! At its core, this teaching degree online aims to help each student to “think like a teacher.” The School of Education meets this goal through coursework that emphasizes both integrity and passion while modeling the most contemporary, 21st century teaching practices. Asbury also distinguishes itself through a “Clinical-Based Model” that constantly seeks to expose students to actual classrooms. By the time you graduate, you’ll already have completed more than 200 hours of field experiences!
Net Price: $20,399/yr
15. University of Southern Mississippi
Online Elementary Education-B.S.
As the flagship public school in the state and a growing leader in online education, the University of Southern Mississippi is a great choice for anyone in need of a distance ed. learning option. One of the programs available at USM is the Elementary Education online teaching degree. This course of study offers certification for grades K-6, a reading endorsement, and a second endorsement in a specific subject. You can choose from subject credentials in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language. This online program is also NCATE-accredited, so you can be sure you are getting a high quality education that meets national teaching standards.
Net Price: $12,171/yr
14. University of Louisiana at Monroe
Online Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has plenty to brag about in its accredited teaching degree online. With approval from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), there’s no doubt that ULM’s teaching curriculum is up to the standard – if not above it! As an additional perk, the tuition at ULM is notably inexpensive. “Affordable Colleges Online” even gave the university a “Best Education and Teaching Degrees” ranking for 2014-15. In addition to a “carefully planned” curriculum that emphasizes both general teaching methods and specific subject knowledge, you’ll also benefit from multiple student teaching experiences to improve your comfort in the classroom.
Net Price: $8,287/yr
13. Bay Path University
Online BA in Education Studies
If you’re looking to become a certified teacher, Bay Path University is probably not the college for you. But if you have an interest in education that deviates from this traditional path, BPU could be exactly what you need! The online degree in education studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field, offering instruction in areas that frequently intersect with the study of psychology, social work, and society. The “progressive” curriculum will give you the tools to think beyond contemporary teaching, instead focusing on the ideas and theories that could make it better. Graduates are well positioned to work in early childhood centers, after school programs, or private schools, or to pursue a master’s degree and ultimately obtain teacher licensure.
Net Price: $18,995/yr
12. Arkansas Tech University
Online Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
This very affordable online teaching degree is available through a partnership with two community colleges. While taking classes at one of these regional sites, you can get the other 50% of college credits you need online from ATU. The goal of the program is to train students to work with children from PreK through fourth grade. You will learn about topics that range from how to plan class activities to how to ensure that your young students develop the right skills. ATU will also give you vital training in how to speak with parents and work well with colleagues in the school system.
Net Price: $9,630/yr
11. University of Nebraska at Kearney
Online Bachelor of Arts in Education: Early Childhood Inclusive (ECI)
This B.A. in Education features a great blended program that combines the best aspects of online and on-campus learning. Although a mid-ranked school on our teaching degree online ranking, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is anything but average. The Early Childhood Inclusive degree completion program caters to nontraditional students who want to work with young learners of ages eight and below. Within this range, you have the option to specialize in “Birth to Kindergarten” or “Age 3 to Grade 3.” As with all the best teaching degrees online, UNK combines distance ed. coursework with occasional “supervised school-based experiences” and required student teaching practicums.
Net Price: $14,553/yr
This concludes our ranking of more top values in online teaching programs.
See our methodology page for more information about how we calculated this ranking.
Published January 2016