Best Online Bachelor’s in Education

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in education degree programs that will prepare students for the teacher certification exams mandated by each state.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Education

Frequently Asked Questions About Education Degrees

Why get a bachelor’s in education?

Leading a classroom is an incredibly rewarding career. The best path to becoming a teacher is by first becoming a student in an education program. The bachelor’s degree in education prepares students to sit for the teacher certification exams mandated by each state.

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What will I learn when getting a bachelor’s degree in education?

Education majors will learn everything they need to successfully manage a classroom, network with parents and administration, and create engaging assignments and assessments. A degree in education will typically focus on one age group or subject area so that students have a deep understanding of the group they plan to teach.

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How long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree in education?

Programs take 4 years or less and can be completed online or in-person. Both types of degree usually require students to complete a practicum in a classroom in order to gain real world teaching experience.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Education Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online education bachelor's degree programs?

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Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Education Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Georgia

    #128 institution's historical influence
    #58 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    38K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1330/29

    Athens, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BES in Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: `
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BAE in Educational Studies

    Concentrations

    • Educational Studies
    • Early Childhood Educational
    • Required Credits: 114-120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 114-120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Arkansas

    #317 institution's historical influence
    #1356 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Fayetteville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Human Resources And Workforce Development Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Technology Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    East Carolina University

    #713 institution's historical influence
    #1186 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    Greenville, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education (K-6)
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Birth Through Kindergarten (B-K) Teacher Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Middle Grades Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Family And Consumer Sciences Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Webster University

    #1159 institution's historical influence
    #814 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Educational Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BEd in Business Education 6-12
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in English Education 6-12
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Mathematics Education 6-12
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Physical Education 6-12
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Physics Education - Earth Science 6-12
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Middle Education

    Concentrations

    • English
    • Social Science
    • Math
    • Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Middle Grades English
    • Middle Grades Mathematics
    • Middle Grades Science
    • Middle Grades Social Science
    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BEd in Social Studies Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Biblical And Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Education in Career and Technical Education

    Concentrations

    • Business and Marketing
    • Education and Training
    • Family and Consumer Science
    • Health Careers
    • Industrial and Emerging Technologies
    • Occupational
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Exceptional Student Education ESOL
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Elementary Education ESOL/Reading
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Empire State College

    #1650 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    7K

    Saratoga Springs, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Appalachian State University

    #1281 institution's historical influence
    #1467 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    Boone, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Middle Grades Education
    • Required Credits: 73
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 70
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 72-75
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Idaho State University

    #1519 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    9K

    Pocatello, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Secondary Education

    Concentrations

    • Family And Consumer Science
    • Business Technology
    • Business Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Secondary Education

    Concentrations

    • Business Technology
    • Business Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Campbell University

    #1750 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education (K-6)
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Southern Mississippi

    #1126 institution's historical influence
    #825 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Teacher Assistant
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Mississippi University for Women

    #1908 institution's historical influence
    #445 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Columbus, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    St. Petersburg College

    #2896 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    19K

    Clearwater, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Educational Studies And Community Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Educational Interpreting
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Educational Studies And Community Leadership Degree with Preschool Specialization

    Concentrations

    • Educational Interpreting
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Park University

    #2469 institution's historical influence
    #640 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Parkville, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education Studies

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education: Teaching Young Children
    • Required Credits: 58
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle School Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Bay Path University

    #3817 institution's historical influence
    #264 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/22

    Longmeadow, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education Studies
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of North Carolina at Pembroke

    #3008 institution's historical influence
    #909 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/19

    Pembroke, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BIS in Applied Education Studies

    Concentrations

    • Learning And Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 18-24 months
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Educational Studies

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Education Grades K-6
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Prescott College

    #2663 institution's historical influence
    #493 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    Prescott, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Adventure Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Nevada Elementary Licensure
    • BAECE: Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in English Education

    Concentrations

    • Nevada Secondary Licensure
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Charter Oak State College

    #3675 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Student body

    <1K

    New Britain, CT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  26. #26

    Granite State College

    #5396 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    1K

    Concord, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Studies- Education And Training
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education

    Concentrations

    • Teacher Certification
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in English Language Arts Teacher Certification

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education And Early Childhood Special Education
    • Elementary Education And General Special Ed
    • General Special Ed
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Studies Teacher Certification

    Concentrations

    • Elementary Education And General Special Ed
    • General Special Ed
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  27. #27

    Western Carolina University

    #1746 institution's historical influence
    #632 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Cullowhee, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Birth-Kindergarten Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  28. #28

    Brenau University

    #3773 institution's historical influence
    #489 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Gainesville, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  29. #29

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Early Childhood Education (Non Licensure)
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Studies-Teacher Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  30. #30

    Point University

    #3772 institution's historical influence
    #169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/18

    West Point, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Child Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  31. #31

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education K-6
    • Middle Level Education Grades 6-8
    • Skilled And Technical Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  32. #32

    Bluefield State College

    #3702 institution's historical influence
    #1150 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    880/18

    Bluefield, WV

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Middle Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  33. #33

    State University of New York at Oswego

    #1328 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/23

    Oswego, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business and Marketing Education

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Technical Education 7-12

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Agricultural Education

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Trade Education 7-12

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Careers Education 7-12

    Concentrations

    • Degree Completion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  34. #34

    Florida State College at Jacksonville

    #4033 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    17K

    Jacksonville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Early Childhood Education Bs
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  35. #35

    Catawba College

    #2279 institution's historical influence
    #893 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    52%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    Salisbury, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BAE in Birth-Kindergarten Education.
    • Required Credits: 56
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  36. #36

    Notre Dame College

    #3947 institution's historical influence
    #930 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/18

    Cleveland, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education

    Concentrations

    • Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist
    • Required Credits: 119
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Education

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  37. #37

    University of the Cumberlands

    #3511 institution's historical influence
    #580 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Williamsburg, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • English/Communications
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Social and Behavioral Studies
    • Special Education*
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  38. #38

    Oklahoma State University–Stillwater

    #906 institution's historical influence
    #1380 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Stillwater, OK

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  39. #39

    Maryville University

    #3588 institution's historical influence
    #991 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Saint Louis, MO

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    BA in Human Development and Family Studies

    Concentrations

    • Child Life Specialist
    • Early Child Development
    • Youth Development
    • Family Life Education
    • Adult Development and Aging
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    BS in Adult Education
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    University of West Alabama

    #4788 institution's historical influence
    #1165 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    940/20

    Livingston, AL

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    BS in Special Education: Collaborative Teacher, K-6/6-12
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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    Stephen F. Austin State University

    #2132 institution's historical influence
    #1254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/21

    Nacogdoches, TX

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    BBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Business Communication and Corporate Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Concentrations

    • Special Education Teacher Certification
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    William Carey University

    #2971 institution's historical influence
    #211 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/24

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    BS in Physical Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health, Physical Education And Recreation
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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    Fontbonne University

    #4806 institution's historical influence
    #866 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    Saint Louis, MO

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    BS in Special Education: Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Chadron State College

    #3657 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    2K

    Chadron, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Special Education (K-12)
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Cardinal Stritch University

    #4457 institution's historical influence
    #693 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/20

    Milwaukee, WI

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    BA/BS in Education Studies

    Concentrations

    • Introduction to Education
    • Classroom Management and Culture
    • Reading and Language Arts Integration
    • Secondary Curriculum and Methods
    • and Secondary Education Application
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Concord University

    #3662 institution's historical influence
    #366 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/20

    Athens, WV

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Athens State University

    #5463 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Student body

    2K

    Athens, AL

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    BS in Education

    Concentrations

    • Post-Secondary Instructor
    • Military Instructor
    • Early Instructor
    • Secondary Instruction
    • Instructional Design
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    #3036 institution's historical influence
    #872 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Honolulu, HI

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    BS in Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Education For Oceania
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education

    Concentrations

    • Montessori Credential
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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    Midway University

    #4205 institution's historical influence
    #933 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/21

    Midway, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Education Studies

    Concentrations

    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Middle School Education

    Concentrations

    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Secondary Education

    Concentrations

    • English
    • Math
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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