Teachers should enjoy strong job prospects and above-average salaries in the coming years. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for high school teachers will increase by 4% from 2018 to 2028, adding roughly 38,200 jobs across the country. In addition, high school teachers earned a median salary of $60,320 in 2018, nearly $22,000 more than the median pay for all other occupations.

To qualify for these positions, however, you must have a bachelor's degree. This page features a ranking of the nation's best online bachelor's programs in education, along with links to additional information on undergraduate education degrees and careers in teaching.

2019’s Best Accredited Online Teaching Programs

To help K-12 schools keep pace with rising student enrollment, many colleges and universities now offer online teacher training programs. As a result, deciding where to earn your bachelor's in education can be difficult.

Our ranking of the country's best online schools of education will make it easier to find the program that is right for you. The following list includes a brief overview of each program's accreditation, admission standards, common coursework, and financial aid opportunities. It also includes details on student teaching and other field experience requirements. For more specific information on a program, try contacting the school's admissions office directly.

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Florida International University

Miami, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 57%

Located in the University Park section of Miami, Florida International University earns acclaim nationwide for its research endeavors. Consequently, FIU ranks among the Carnegie Institute's most active research universities. As a public university, FIU primarily caters to students in the Sunshine State; however, the school also lives up to its international moniker by enrolling students from all around the world.

FIU extends its global and national reach through distance learning programs, including an online elementary teaching degree. FIU's bachelor's program in early childhood education offers plenty of flexibility, delivering all of its coursework asynchronously and never requiring students to visit campus before graduating. The program's 120-credit curriculum typically takes the standard four years to complete and includes core courses in varied areas such as classroom management, art in early childhood, issues in early childhood education, family literacy and the young child, and early social and emotional development.

All applicants must submit high school transcripts with at least a 2.5 GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Transfer applicants must also submit evidence of a minimum 2.5 GPA at their previous school. While FIU does not allow out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition, online students still receive a significant per-credit tuition discount compared with on-campus students.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a track in Early Childhood Development
Tuition: $212.71/credit in-state; $329.77/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (305) 348-3125
Email: onlineprograms@fiu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Brandman University

Irvine, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 79%

Brandman University operates a central campus out of Irvine, California, in addition to over 20 satellite campuses up and down the West Coast. Though Brandman is a private, stand-alone university focused on online education and workforce development, it falls under the umbrella of the Chapman University System based out of Orange, California.

The school's various distance learning programs include a bachelor of arts in early childhood education. The early childhood education program at Brandman prepares graduates to work with children up to eight years old. Flexibility defines the program, as it allows students to choose between hybrid (with some on-campus coursework) and entirely online delivery methods. In all online courses, the program delivers coursework asynchronously. Additionally, the program offers two start dates during each semester, allowing students to begin their studies at their own convenience.

The program's 120-credit curriculum includes lower division coursework based on the Curriculum Alignment Project. Core courses include the professional early child educator, dual language learners and their families, and teaching in a diverse society. All students complete both a practicum experience and a capstone course.

Ultimately awarding a completion degree, the early childhood education program at Brandman only accepts students who already hold at least 12 college credits. Prospective students must submit evidence of a minimum 2.0 GPA during their previous undergraduate studies.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Tuition: $500/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 3.5 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous and/or synchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Work/school experience: 12 or more transferable baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (877) 516-4501
Email: apply@brandman.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 47%

Although the school still awaits its 50th birthday, Liberty University already earns a spot among the largest universities in the world. Liberty currently enrolls over 100,000 students, including students in all 50 states and more than 80 countries — among them 30,000 military students. A large percentage of those 100,000 Liberty students only enrolled in distance education courses, which played a large role in the university's expansion over the past decade.

Liberty's array of distance learning programs includes online teaching bachelor's degrees, among them a bachelor of science in elementary education. The program's curriculum consists of the standard 120 credits and usually takes 3.5 years to complete. Notable courses in the curriculum include classroom management, educational philosophy, scholarly writing and APA, and learning theory. All students create a portfolio of their best work to show to potential employers. As Liberty maintains an evangelical Christian affiliation, students also complete a 12-credit Christian life and thought core.

A leader in online education, Liberty aims for flexibility in its programs. The school accomplishes that mission by delivering all online coursework asynchronously and eliminating in-person and on-campus requirements. Furthermore, students who transfer into the elementary education program can bring up to 90 approved credits with them.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Tuition: $390/credit
Credit requirements: 120-123 credits
Program length: 3.5 years

Delivery
Format: Online; accelerated eight-week classes
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum

Contact
Phone: (800) 424-9595
Email: luoundergrad@liberty.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 68%

Based out of the city of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska's flagship campus earned national renown in the 1990s for its champion Cornhusker football teams. Since then, the school leveraged its significant state school resources to expand its offerings across many disciplines and delivery methods, including distance learning. As a result, students looking to get a teaching degree online can find what they seek at UNL.

Nebraska's online bachelor of science program in early childhood education in a mobile society requires students to earn the standard 120 credits. Like many of its peers, the program delivers all of its coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit campus in Lincoln to earn their degrees. The curriculum includes courses in health, safety, and nutrition; technology and young children; working with families; and curriculum development. All students complete a three-part practicum experience at an approved school in their community.

Despite its status as Nebraska's flagship university, UNL's early childhood education program allows out-of-state online students to pay in-state tuition rates. To earn admission, prospective students must submit evidence of a minimum 2.5 high school GPA and at least 30 previous college credits, as the program awards a completion degree. Nebraska delivers the program with the assistance of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, which includes a consortium of other colleges in the region.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Early Child Education in a Mobile Society
Tuition: $415/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 3 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 GPA
Work/school experience: 30 or more transferable baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (888) 622-0332
Email: online@nebraska.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 68%

When individuals nationwide mention the University of Alabama, they often think of "Roll Tide!" and the school's powerhouse Crimson Tide football teams. Nevertheless, the Tuscaloosa-based college boasts academic in addition to athletic excellence. As the Yellowhammer State's flagship university, UA benefits from plenty of resources, many of which it poured into distance learning over the past decade.

Can you get a teaching degree online at UA? In a word, yes. UA's bachelor of science program in human environmental sciences, early childhood education with a concentration in early child development requires students to earn 120 credits over four years. Notable courses in the curriculum include educational statistics, conceptual creative experiences for young children, preschool development, and infancy and toddlerhood. Students in the program also complete an internship in the field at a preschool with National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation. Students also benefit from opportunities to complete research alongside faculty members at UA's Child Development Research Center.

The early childhood program accepts applications on a rolling basis for various start dates throughout the academic year. The program does not list minimum GPA or SAT/ACT score thresholds. Despite its strong roots as a state university, UA allows online students to pay in-state tuition rates. UA also offers various in-house scholarships specifically for distance learners.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, Early Childhood Education
Available concentrations: Early childhood development
Tuition: $364/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT if applicant graduated from high school in the past four years

Contact
Phone: (205) 348-0089
Email: uadistance@ua.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Appalachian State University

Boone, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 73%

Nestled in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University originally opened as a teachers' college at the turn of the 20th century. Since then, the school evolved and began to offer programs in more disciplines in the mid-1900s.

As a result, the university now offers online teaching programs, including a unique bachelor of science program in career and technical education. The program allows graduates to find jobs as teachers at both career centers and traditional public schools. The 120-credit, full-time program requires students to choose a concentration in one of five areas: trade and industry education; family and consumer sciences education; business, marketing, and entrepreneurship education; technology, engineering, and design education; or business, finance, and information technology education.

Regardless of the concentration they choose, students complete core coursework in areas such as personal money management, methods and materials in career and technical education, and research in career and technical education. Students also complete a practicum experience at a career center or a school.

The program delivers all coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit Appalachian's picturesque mountain campus. As the program only accepts transfer applicants with at least 30 previous college credits, students can complete the program in four semesters of traditional classroom work and one semester of student teaching. Students should expect to take 13-15 credits per semester.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education
Available concentrations: Business, finance, and information technology education; business, marketing, and entrepreneurship education; technology, engineering, and design education; trade and industry education; and family and consumer sciences education
Tuition: $143/credit in-state; $643.50/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 2.5 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.25 minimum
Work/school experience: 30 or more transferable baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (828) 262-3113
Email: online@appstate.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Regis University

Denver, CO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 71%

A Roman Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated private college based in Denver, Colorado, Regis University originally opened its doors in the late 19th century thanks to the efforts of a few Italian Jesuits exiled from their country. The school evolved since then to offer programs across numerous disciplines, including liberal studies, computer and information science, health professions, and business and economics.

In recent years, Regis placed a large focus on distance education, resulting in its current reputation for strong online programs. The university now offers an online elementary teaching degree that requires students to complete the standard 120 credits to graduate. The program also fulfills teacher licensure requirements for the state of Colorado.

The curriculum approaches education from a Jesuit perspective, requiring students to complete service learning requirements and coursework in religious and global studies. Notable courses in the curriculum include elementary teaching methods, teaching reading and writing, and technology for educators. In addition, learners complete a student teaching experience during their final year at Regis.

Catering to working professionals, the program delivers all coursework asynchronously and does not require students to visit campus in Denver. As a private university, Regis does not distinguish between out-of-state online students and Colorado residents. The elementary education program at Regis does not list minimum GPA or standardized test requirements. Transfer students may bring up to 75 approved credits with them.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure
Tuition: $430/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous and/or synchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum

Contact
Phone: (303) 458-4900
Email: ruadmissions@regis.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

8

Central Methodist University

Fayette, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 53%

Based in rural Fayette, Missouri, Central Methodist University maintains an affiliation with the titular United Methodist Church. Currently enrolling approximately 5,400 students, CMU primarily focuses on the liberal arts. Given the college's large off-campus enrollment, CMU excels in distance education and offers several of its programs online, including online teaching programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education.

CMU's bachelor of science program in early childhood education stands out in particular. Students can complete the program in Fayette, at one of seven different CMU regional centers, or entirely online. The online version of the program delivers all of its coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit any of CMU's campuses.

The program's 120-credit curriculum takes approximately four years to complete and includes studies in child development, family and communication resources, curriculum methods and materials, and reading assessment and instruction. All students complete three different practicum experiences: reading, methods and materials for teaching content classes, and infant/toddler curriculum methods and materials.

Applicants to CMU's early childhood education program must pass the Missouri General Education Assessment with the following minimum scores: 220 in reading, 220 in mathematics, 220 in science and social studies, and 193 in writing. The program does not list minimum GPA or standardized test admission requirements. As a private college, CMU does not distinguish between out-of-state and in-state online students when administering tuition costs.


Program Overview
Program names: Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education; Bachelor of Science in Education - Elementary Education
Tuition: $250/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: None for first-time students; 2.0 minimum for transfer candidates
Standardized tests: None for transfer candidates; ACT or SAT for first-time students

Contact
Phone: (573) 777-5885
Email: cmuonline@centralmethodist.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

9

The Baptist College of Florida

Graceville, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 47%

Located in the rural town of Graceville, Florida on the Panhandle of the Alabama border, The Baptist College of Florida maintains an official affiliation with the Florida Baptist Convention. Originally created with the sole aim of creating future ministers in the Florida Baptist Convention, BCF expanded its offerings since its founding in 1943 and now offers degrees in counseling, business, theology, education, and music.

To offer its programs to more people in spite of the school's remote, rural location, BCF delivers online versions of the majority of its degrees. An online elementary teaching degree stands out among the slate of offerings. Students can complete the elementary education program's 124-credit curriculum without ever visiting campus in Graceville and without attending a scheduled class, as the program delivers all of its coursework asynchronously.

Notable courses in the curriculum include teaching diverse populations, teaching language arts in elementary school, and other content courses in science, math, physical education, and social studies. The program culminates in an education internship and a reading practicum at school sites arranged in each student's local community.

As a Baptist-affiliated school, BCF requires all students, no matter their major, to complete a 12-credit biblical/theological foundation core. The program does not list any minimum GPA or standardized test requirements for admission. Upon graduating, students boast the necessary skills to teach in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms in either public or private schools.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Tuition: $230/credit
Credit requirements: 124 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum for homeschooled students; none for all other candidates
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (800) 328-2660 ext. 425
Email: grjumper@baptistcollege.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

10

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

Located in the Panhandle on the northwestern edge of Florida, UWF focuses primarily on research, eschewing traditional graduate programs like law and medicine. The university's campus sits on a 1,600-acre nature preserve and dwarfs most other campuses in the state. Nevertheless, students need never visit that campus to earn a degree from UWF, which expanded its online offerings over the past decade.

Those online offerings now include an online teaching degree: a bachelor of arts program in exceptional student and elementary education. The program prepares students to pursue Florida certification in exceptional education (K-12) or elementary education (K-6) when they graduate. The program's 120-credit curriculum usually takes four years to complete and features courses like teaching diverse populations, teaching math, teaching science, and teaching social studies.

Aiming for flexibility for career changers or individuals with familial obligations, the program delivers all coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit campus. However, students must complete two,100-hour field experiences at school sites in their local communities. Additionally, outstanding students benefit from opportunities to pursue paid, yearlong internships at schools in UWF's Escambia County.

The exceptional and elementary education program maintains significant admission requirements. Students must complete general education requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA, meet with an adviser, sign a degree plan, read an orientation handbook, and complete a self-analysis survey to enter the program.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Exceptional Student Education
Tuition: $211.98/credit in-state; $316.98/credit Alabama resident; $641.37/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 132 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person field experiences

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (850) 474-2893
Email: dted@uwf.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 72%

Located in the titular port and beach city of Wilmington, UNCW earns national acclaim thanks to its graduate offerings and marine biology programs. In recent years, UNCW began to excel in distance learning, offering online programs across a variety of disciplines. As a result, the school now offers an online teaching degree in the form of a bachelor of arts program in elementary education.

The elementary education program at Wilmington requires students to earn 124 credits to graduate. Those 124 credits include a 31-credit professional education core that boasts coursework in reading foundations, teaching science, math laboratory, and social studies curriculum and instruction. Students must also complete both a field experience and a practicum at an approved school site in their community.

In addition, learners choose a concentration in one of eight areas: math and technology, fine arts, science and health, English as a second language, behavioral studies, international studies, language arts, or social studies. Upon graduating, students can seek out certification in their chosen concentration area.

To qualify for the program's final semester — the "professional semester" that includes the practicum and a capstone seminar — students must earn a minimum 2.7 GPA throughout the rest of their coursework. UNCW also ensures flexibility by delivering most coursework in its online programs asynchronously and without any on-campus requirements.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Available concentrations: Language arts, social studies, math and technology, science and health, fine arts, English as a second language, international studies, and behavioural studies
Tuition: $3,602/semester in-state; $15,006/semester out-of-state
Credit requirements: 124 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person practica

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.7 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (910) 962-2674
Email: higginsh@uncw.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Webster University

St. Louis, MI Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 64%

Based in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri, Webster University operates satellite campuses across the country. Originally opening its doors as a Catholic college, Webster now operates as a nondenominational school. Webster also became one of the first St. Louis colleges to integrate in the 1940s.

In addition to its satellite campuses, Webster enrolls students in all 50 states thanks to its slate of online programs, which includes an online teaching degree in the form of a bachelor of arts in educational studies. The program describes itself as focusing on "both the art and science of instruction across a broad range of contexts." The curriculum stays true to that focus by including courses such as instructional design; educational research; and learning, teaching, and assessment.

Students complete 128 credits of coursework, including an internship at a school or education site in their local community. Students can also choose to complete a 12-credit emphasis in sustainability studies, international human rights, entrepreneurship, or community engagement.

Because most students in the program work or raise a family full time, Webster delivers all online coursework asynchronously and without any on-campus requirements. As a private college, Webster does not differentiate between out-of-state online students and Missouri residents, charging all students the same base tuition rate.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies
Available concentrations: Community engagement, sustainability studies, international human rights, and entrepreneurship
Tuition: $710/credit
Credit requirements: 128 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 3.0 minimum recommended for first-time students; 2.5 minimum recommended for transfer candidates
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (314) 246-8007
Email: soe@webster.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 62%

Based in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU originally opened its doors as a teachers' school in the early 1900s. Since then, the school added more programs across disciplines, eventually becoming a research-heavy university by offering various doctoral programs. The school also expanded its national presence by delivering distance learning offerings, including an online teaching degree in the form of a bachelor of science program in birth through kindergarten education.

To better serve the needs of working professionals, the birth through kindergarten education program delivers all of its coursework asynchronously and never requires its students to visit campus in Greenville. The program's 120-credit curriculum generally takes four years to complete. The curriculum includes courses such as interaction techniques for working with young children, assessing development and learning in the early childhood classroom, and assessment for intervention. The program does not include a practicum or internship requirement or any form of student teaching experience.

All applicants must submit evidence of a minimum undergraduate 2.7 GPA. Furthermore, applicants must submit Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT scores and complete an interview with a faculty member. As of February 2019, ECU offers the birth through kindergarten education program to North Carolina residents.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Tuition: $166.41/credit in-state; $716.31/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 125-128 credits
Program length: 2 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Work/school experience: 43 transferable baccalaureate credits from a community college engaged with the Partnership East program

Contact
Phone: (252) 328-9206
Email: coedevelopment@ecu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 62%

Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University operates satellite centers in Fishers and Indianapolis. In recent years, the university managed to extend its presence far beyond the borders of the Hoosier State thanks to its distance learning offerings. BSU offers various online teaching bachelor's degrees, including a bachelor of arts/bachelor of science program in early childhood education with a minor in early childhood special education. No other schools in Indiana offer an online bachelor's program in early childhood education.

BSU's program requires students to complete 120 credits to graduate. Most courses in the program last for 16 weeks, though certain summer courses last five or 10 weeks. The curriculum includes coursework like assessment and observation in early childhood, promoting prosocial behavior in young children, and culture and language in teaching and learning.

As the program awards a completion degree, all prospective students must apply to Ball State with at least 70 credits — including an associate degree in early childhood education — completed at another school. The school does not list minimum GPA or standardized test score requirements. Some students can test out of certain requirements through the College Level Examination Program. Students may also seek out T.E.A.C.H. scholarships from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children.

BSU's early childhood education program meets standards laid out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Tuition: $410/credit in-state; $616/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 2.5 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Work/school experience: An associate degree in early childhood education (with a practicum) or at least 45 relevant baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (765) 285-5251
Email: tcdeanst@bsu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 68%

Located in the city of Columbia, the University of Missouri holds the distinction of the Show Me State's flagship university. The university originally opened in the 1830s as the first public college west of the Mississippi and continues to expand its program offerings. In recent years, Mizzou focused a lot of its resources on distance learning and now offers several online teaching programs, including a bachelor of science in early childhood education.

Mizzou's early childhood education program requires students to earn 120 credits, typically over the course of four years. Aiming to provide working professionals with flexibility, the program delivers all of its coursework asynchronously and does not include any on-campus requirements. The program's core coursework covers foundational topics such as assessment, curriculum development, families, classroom environments, and childhood development.

In most cases, Mizzou's early childhood education program awards a completion degree, as the typical transfer student into the program brings approximately 35 credits with them. As such, all prospective students must hold 24 completed college credits to submit their applications. Mizzou accepts students into the program for the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Mizzou delivers the program as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. This membership means that although students' degrees come from Mizzou, they take some courses in the curriculum through other schools in the consortium.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science
Available concentrations: Early childhood education in a mobile society
Tuition: $284.80/credit in-state; $369.70/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous (practicum requires face-to-face observation)

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum for first-time students
Standardized tests: None for transfer candidates; ACT or SAT for first-time students

Contact
Phone: (573) 882-2491
Email: mizzouonline@missouri.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 69%

Located in the eponymous Ohio city, UC is the oldest university in the city of Cincinnati and the second-largest university in the Buckeye State by enrollment. In recent years, the school offers more of its programs through distance learning.

UC's bachelor of science program in early childhood education stands out among other college programs. Catering primarily to working professionals, the program strives for flexibility by delivering its coursework asynchronously and eliminating all on-campus requirements. The program prepares its graduates for initial pre-K licensure in Ohio and for careers in Head Start centers, preschools, public schools, childcare centers, and other settings. Students who excel in the program by earning a minimum 3.0 GPA can pursue membership in Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society recognizing students pursuing careers in education.

Freshman applicants must submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. Transfer applicants must submit evidence of a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for all prior college coursework. The program accepts students for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

UC's early childhood education program meets standards laid out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
Available concentrations: Pre-K, administration, and infant-toddler
Tuition: $459/credit in-state; $474/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum for transfer candidates
Standardized tests: None for transfer candidates; ACT or SAT for first-time students

Contact
Phone: (513) 556-2336
Email: cechrecruit@uc.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 62%

Located in the heart of the Ozarks in the college city of Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas styles itself as the Natural State's flagship university. UA originally opened as an agricultural and industrial university and now excels in other fields such as business, architecture, law, and creative writing. UA now offers several of its stronger programs through distance learning. As such, students who ask the question, "can you get a teaching degree online at Arkansas?" can find the answer they seek in Fayetteville: a resounding "yes."

Among UA's online education offerings, the bachelor's program in human resource and workforce development education stands out. The program's curriculum requires students to complete 120 credits to graduate, a process that takes 2-4 years depending on how many credits students transfer in when they begin their studies.

Catering primarily to full-time professionals or full-time parents, the program delivers coursework asynchronously and eliminates all in-person requirements. Each course in the curriculum lasts 15 weeks, the entirety of a fall or spring semester. Noteworthy courses include career development, organizational development, and instructional technology and design. Students complete a capstone seminar during their final semester at UA.

UA provides further services to working professionals by allowing students to earn up to 19 credits through exam scores and prior work experience. Transfer students can find out which credits transfer on UA's course equivalencies page.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development
Tuition: $246.12/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 2-4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Work/school experience: Three years of full-time work experience and 35 transferable credits in university core classes

Contact
Phone: (479) 575-4690
Email: hrwd@uark.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

Located in the city of Hays, Kansas, FHSU opened its doors at the turn of the 20th century on the site of Fort Hays — a former military outpost — which closed about a decade earlier. Despite its regional roots, FHSU extends its reach globally, enrolling more than 3,500 students in partner programs based at multiple Chinese universities. The university also extends its reach through its large slate of distance learning programs, which includes an online elementary teaching degree.

FHSU's bachelor of science program in elementary education prepares students to seek licensure upon graduation in any state for grades kindergarten through sixth. The program's robust curriculum consists of 127 credits and includes notable courses such as educational psychology, curriculum and assessment, instructional technology for elementary school teachers, and literacy methods. The program also involves plenty of fieldwork, including internships in mathematics, social studies, science, and literacy.

Additionally, the program incorporates a teaching experience that students can arrange at school sites in their own communities. Aiming for flexibility, the program delivers coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit campus in Hays to finish their degrees.

To gain admission to the elementary education program at FHSU, prospective students must submit scores on one of three standardized tests: the Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT. FHSU also offers a separate path to elementary education licensure specifically for paraprofessionals.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Unified; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Special Education Minor
Tuition: $218.67/credit
Credit requirements: 126-148 credits
Program length: 2-4 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person student teaching experiences

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.75 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT
Work/school experience: A regionally accredited bachelor's degree or 35 transferable general education credits

Contact
Phone: (785) 628-4204
Email: virtualcollege@fhsu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Midway University

Midway, KY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 52%

A private, Disciples of Christ-affiliated university based in the titular city of Midway, Kentucky, Midway University offers programs across the liberal arts. Opening its doors as the Kentucky Female Orphan School in the mid-1800s, the school originally focused on providing teacher training to women with significant obstacles in their lives. Midway maintains that focus on teacher education to this day by offering its online elementary teaching degree.

The elementary teaching program curriculum at Midway requires students to complete the standard 120 credits, a process that usually takes four years of taking courses in the fall and spring semesters. Particularly notable courses in the curriculum include an environmental science lab, multicultural education, the exceptional child and legal aspects of special education, and educational evaluation techniques. Students also complete content courses in social studies, literacy, and mathematics along with a field experience at a school in their local community.

Even in its online programs, Midway aims to provide students with an intimate, liberal arts-style experience. The university maintains a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio in its online programs and allows students to receive face-to-face support from faculty members through videoconferencing. Moreover, the program provides flexibility and affordability, delivering all of its coursework asynchronously, eliminating on-campus requirements, and awarding some sort of financial aid to approximately 90% of students.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Tuition: $395/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person student teaching experiences

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.75 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (800) 952-4122
Email: admissions@midway.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Asbury University

Wilmore, KY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 69%

A nondenominational, Christian-affiliated liberal arts school based in Wilmore, Kentucky and located across the street from the Asbury Theological Seminary, Asbury University maintains a tradition steeped in the Holiness movement. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the school expanded its disciplinary offerings and now operates schools of arts and sciences, communications, and education.

Asbury also offers several of its strongest programs online, including an online elementary teaching degree. The elementary education bachelor's program at Asbury requires students to earn 124 credits. The program aims for flexibility for working professionals, delivering coursework asynchronously and in an accelerated eight-week format. It also eliminates all on-campus requirements and offers four start dates throughout the academic year in January, March, August, and October.

Particularly noteworthy course offerings in the curriculum include the exceptional learner, technology for education, learning and performance assessment, and interventions for differentiation. All students must take content courses in social studies, math, science, reading, and language arts and complete student teaching at a school placement site arranged in their local community.

As a private university, Asbury charges all students in the elementary education program the same tuition whether or not they live in Kentucky. Transfer applicants may bring up to 75 approved credits with them when they start the program. The program does not list minimum GPA or standardized test requirements.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Tuition: $399/credit
Credit requirements: 124 credits
Program length: 2-3 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous eight-week classes and in-person clinical education components

Admission Requirements
Work/school experience: Transferable baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (859) 858-2804
Email: josh@asbury.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 71%

A research-focused college based in University City in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University offers both liberal arts and pre-professional programs. Drexel frequently earns nationwide acclaim for its co-op program, which allows students to work in a relevant field for 18 months while still earning college credits. The school also enjoys notoriety for its online programs, which include various online teaching bachelor degrees.

Drexel's online bachelor of science program in education prepares graduates to earn certification for preK-4th grade, both as elementary education teachers and special education teachers. The program's curriculum requires students to earn 180 credits, as Drexel's academic year consists of four, 10-week quarters in lieu of traditional semesters.

The curriculum includes noteworthy courses like creating a positive classroom climate, assessment of young children, teaching in urban contexts, and engaging the learners. The curriculum also boasts content-specific studies in social studies, mathematics, literacy, and science. All students complete 12 consecutive weeks of full-time student teaching in addition to 190 hours of in-school student teaching preparation.

Transfer applicants may bring up to 90 approved credits with them when they enter the program. All transfer applicants must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA during all previous college coursework. Drexel participates in Pennsylvania's Early Childhood T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, allowing students to ease the burden of tuition costs. Drexel charges out-of-state online students and Pennsylvania residents the same rates.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Education
Tuition: $501/quarter credit
Credit requirements: 180 quarter credits
Program length: 2.5 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online (no certification option) or hybrid (teacher certification option)
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and optional in-person student teaching experiences

Admission Requirements
GPA: None for first-time students; 2.5 minimum for transfer candidates
Standardized tests: None for transfer candidates; ACT or SAT for first-time students

Contact
Phone: (215) 895-0376
Email: we24@drexel.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

Based out of Waxahachie, Texas — part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex — Southwestern Assemblies of God University originally opened in the 1940s as the result of a merger among three different Bible colleges. Since its inception, the university expanded its disciplinary offerings across the arts and sciences and now offers several of its programs through distance learning, including an online teaching degree.

The bachelor's degree in elementary education at SAGU requires students to earn a total of 127 credits and usually takes the standard four years to complete. In addition to teaching coursework, students must fulfill SAGU's mission by taking one general Bible studies course every semester until they graduate. Notable teaching courses in the curriculum include children's literature, educator assessment, curriculum development and assessment, creative writing in elementary, and classroom management. In addition, all students complete content area coursework in social studies, science, math, reading, and literacy.

Students also complete student teaching at a school in their local community, meaning that they never need to visit campus in Waxahachie. SAGU provides additional flexibility by delivering all coursework in the program asynchronously. The program also aims to support its distance learners by maintaining small class sizes and providing access to resources such as a career center, wellness center, and counseling center. Additionally, SAGU strives for affordability, as graduates end up with 20% less debt than the national average for college graduates.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Tuition: $575/credit
Credit requirements: 127 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (972) 825-4756
Email: kwillemsen@sagu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Alaska Southeast

Juneau, AK Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 24%

Based out of the capital city of Juneau, the University of Alaska Southeast earns a spot among the nation's younger state schools, originally opening as the result of a merger of multiple area schools in the 1980s. The university now operates satellite campuses in Ketchikan and Sitka and offers several of its programs through distance learning, including an online elementary teaching degree.

The bachelor of arts program in elementary education at UAS requires students to complete 120 credits to graduate. Notable courses in the program's curriculum include introduction to educational technology, foundations of literacy and language development, inclusive education for students with disabilities, and integrated curriculum and instruction.

In addition to content-specific courses in areas like science, math, reading, and social studies, the program differentiates itself by offering content courses in rarer fields like drama, music, art, physical education, and health. Students also complete student teaching, a separate field work experience, and a professional portfolio. To gain acceptance into student teaching, students must pass the Praxis Core and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Given its remote location, UAS strives for accessibility and flexibility in its distance learning offerings, delivering all elementary education coursework asynchronously and never requiring students to visit campus in Alaska.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Tuition: $5,616/semester in-state; $8,424/semester through the Western Undergraduate Exchange; $17,928/semester out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person student teaching experiences

Admission Requirements
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (907) 796-6404
Email: jllofthus@alaska.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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California Baptist University

Riverside, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 59%

Based in the Inland Empire in the city of Riverside, California Baptist University gets its name from its official affiliation with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU styles itself as a liberal arts college; however, the university also offers several pre-professional programs, including an online teaching degree through distance learning.

CBU's online bachelor of arts program in early childhood studies requires students to earn a total of 48 major credits (not including general education credits). In most cases, the program awards a completion degree, as the admissions committee prefers applicants who already possess 24 college credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Nevertheless, first-time college students may also apply.

Notable courses in the curriculum include social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood, perceptual motor development in infancy and early childhood, and a research seminar in early childhood interventions — which serves as a capstone experience. A Baptist-affiliated school, CBU also requires students in the program to complete overview courses in the Bible and Christian thought.

As a private university, CBU charges California residents and out-of-state online students the same base tuition. The school boasts Yellow Ribbon Military Friendly School status, providing tuition benefits to military members and their families. The program caters to its primarily working professional student population by delivering coursework asynchronously and eschewing on-campus requirements.


Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies
Tuition: $589/credit
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 16 months (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Work/school experience: 24 or more transferable baccalaureate credits

Contact
Phone: (951) 343-3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 59%

Located in rural Cullowhee, North Carolina, Western Carolina University originally opened in the late 1800s with the goal of educating the population living in the mountains of western North Carolina. WCU stays true to that mission to this day, enrolling many on-campus students from the surrounding areas; however, WCU also expanded its scope in recent years, now offering several of its strongest programs through distance learning.

The university's slate of programs includes an online birth-kindergarten education bachelor's program. The program requires all of its students to select a concentration in either professional or early childhood education. No matter their chosen concentration, all students complete 120 credits of courses, including multiple internship experiences and a capstone seminar. Courses in the core curriculum cover topics like environments for young children, promoting social-emotional competence, adaptations and modifications for young children with disabilities, and literacy.

The program never requires students to visit campus. The program also provides additional flexibility by delivering all of its coursework asynchronously. WCU describes admission to the program as "competitive," enrolling approximately 30 students in each cohort at the beginning of every fall and spring semester. Transfer applicants who graduated from a North Carolina community college can transfer their associate degree and all of its accompanying general education requirements into the program without any questions asked.

Program Overview
Program name: Bachelor of Science in Education in Birth-Kindergarten Education
Available concentrations: Professional education and early childhood
Tuition: $154.26/credit in-state; $505.37/credit out-of-state
Credit requirements: 120 credits
Program length: 2 years (degree completion)

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous coursework and in-person student teaching experiences

Admission Requirements
Work/school experience: An accredited associate of arts or associate of science degree

Contact
Phone: (828) 227-7397
Email: distance@wcu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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