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2021: The Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Education Teacher Certification Programs in the Mountain Region

The Mountain West, as everyone who lives here knows, remains the Real West of the United States. You’re more likely here in the Arizona desert, the Colorado Western Slope or the high plains of Montana and Wyoming to live a lifestyle that defines the Western ideals of freedom and self-reliance than almost anywhere else in the country

It’s also a region where the tech industry is rapidly advancing, and for that reason, education is highly valued. From supercomputing projects at Los Alamos to nuclear research at the Idaho National Laboratory, we have thousands of jobs that rely on having well-trained, well-informed college-bound students coming out of our local schools every year.

Those schools need teachers to prepare students ready for the rigors of college; more and more of them every year in expanding metros like Denver and Phoenix. And soon enough, when you complete your bachelor’s degree and initial teacher training program, you’re going to be joining that dedicated group yourself.

But while we value a good education here, we also still hold on to the traditional Western belief that we should get every bit of what we pay for. That doesn’t mean we mind ponying up a tidy sum for what we need, we just expect a good value.  

More than that, we know the value of community… keeping your teacher training program close to home will keep you in touch with the very same people who will be hiring you in a couple years. It will also keep you close to the families and friends you’ll be working with, and whose kids you will be teaching. It might even be your dream to teach in the very same school system that you grew up in; and with the right degree and teacher prep program that’s a goal you can definitely achieve.

That’s why we felt that a regional focus was important as we took on the task of putting together this list of the most affordable bachelor’s-level ITP (Initial Teacher Preparation) programs for aspiring teachers in the Mountain Region.

Whether you’re interested in earning your degree in the snowy mountain towns of the northern Rockies or the hot desert badlands, you’ve got plenty of choices for schools offering the exact degree program you’re looking for at a price that won’t break the bank.

How We Identified the Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s Degrees in the Mountain Region

You don’t need a complicated formula to find schools offering ITP bachelor’s in education programs with the lowest tuition rates, you just need the time to review them all and perform a simple cost comparison. Time is the valuable thing here, and since we’ve put in the hours to perform that tuition analysis so that you don’t have to, the real value in this list is in the time it saves. On top of that, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that by going with one of these programs you’re getting a great deal.

Here’s how we approached the project:

First we identified every single accredited state and private college offering bachelor’s in education ITP programs in the entire Mountain Region as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau – that means Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Average Cost of Public and Private School Programs by State

We then separated them by state, and then split the list for each state intro two categories: public and private colleges. We then simply found the average cost-per-credit in each state for each category. And to put the final touch on the project, we simply included every program with a tuition rate that comes in below the state average – with state schools and private colleges shown separately. That’s it.

So what you end up with is a guide that you can quickly scan to find the average per-credit cost of a state school or private college ITP bachelor’s… and all of the schools that charge tuition rates that come in below the state average.

Why We Found Averages for Public and Private Colleges Separately

There’s a very practical reason why we categorize public and private schools separately. With state funding in their pockets, state schools often charge quite a bit less to in-state students, offering a discounted rate that private schools can’t compete with. Private schools, on the other hand, may have to charge higher rates in general, but are still sometimes the more affordable option for out-of-state and international students, and sometimes also come with a kind of name recognition that has a certain value of its own. You may have a preference for one or the other, so we felt it was most equitable to give you a chance to see how the tuition rates stack up for both.

We always looked exclusively at the lower in-state rates for public schools when finding those averages, but include the non-residential rates in the listings as well since it’s still information pertinent to aspiring teachers throughout the region considering all their options.

Cost Isn’t Everything When It Comes To Preparing for Your Teaching Career

On top of telling you exactly how those per-credit rates for each program stack up against the state average, we’ve put together plenty of other good information about these programs that will help you narrow down your options when it comes time to submit applications. You will have to do your own research when you get down to the nitty gritty of picking out your preferred school, but we’ve given you plenty of information to help you better identify the programs that align with your career goals.

Other information you’ll find in each of our write-ups includes valuable data like:

  • Content area concentrations each school offers so you can line up the license endorsement categories with the subjects you plan to teach
  • The program format, letting you pick out online or hybrid classes if you prefer that kind of flexibility, or on-campus courses if you prefer the more traditional approach
  • Any notable extras that a program might offer, whether it has a unique partnership with some local agency or offers bilingual teaching opportunities
  • Whether or not the program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (TEAC and NCATE will soon be consolidated under CAEP)
  • Special recognition or awards from third-party organizations like the Carnegie Foundation or U.S. News & World Report… you know if those big East Coast companies sit up and take notice of a humble Mountain Region school, it has to be something special
  • Low student-to-faculty ratios for extra face-to-face teaching time and attention
  • Special student teaching opportunities or arrangements that you might not find elsewhere

State-by-State Guide to the Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in the Mountain Region for 2021

Somewhere on this list, you’re going to find a friendly, affordable, local school that lines up with exactly the kind of certification experience you are looking for on your path to becoming a teacher. And one thing we can confidently guarantee is that whichever school you go with, you’ll be getting that experience at the best price available.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Arizona

Public Colleges in Arizona – Average per-credit cost: $377

 

Arizona State University (PU)
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Polytechnic (P)
Tempe (T)
West (W)
The Gila Valley (G)
Yuma (Y)
Website

BA in Education (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education (PTW)
  • Elementary Special Education (PTWGY)
  • Elementary Special Education Visual Impairment (TW)
  • Secondary English (PTW)
  • Secondary Biology (PTW)
  • Secondary History (PTW)
  • Secondary Mathematics (PTW)
  • Secondary Physics (PTW)
  • Secondary Chemistry (PTW)
  • Secondary Earth and Space Sciences (PTW)
  • Secondary Physical Education (P)
  • Secondary Spanish (PTW)
  • Music K-12 (T)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $357(in-state), $960 (out-of-state)

$20 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Educational Leadership (Principalship, Educational Leadership), Educational Leadership, Gifted Education, Higher and Postsecondary Education, Learning Design and Technologies, Teaching and Learning, Accomplished Teaching, Educating Multilingual Learners, Literacy Education, Educational Policy
  • Excellent record of student success: First-year student retention rate of 90.2%
  • Ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate teaching

Teacher preparation has never been more affordable or more accessible, thanks to Arizona State University’s superb selection of undergraduate teacher preparatory programs that are offered at no less than five campus locations throughout Arizona. And with an outstanding university faculty that is deeply involved in research, scholarship, and practice, you’ll get the kind of thoughtful guidance and meaningful insights that can only come from years of experience in the field. It’s no wonder Arizona State has consistently made the U.S. News & World Report “Most Innovative Schools” list. And with this esteemed university also ranking 16th in the nation for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report while still offering one of the most affordable tuition rates around, there’s plenty to get excited about here.

 

Northern Arizona University (PU)
College of Education
Flagstaff, AZ
Website

BS in Education (on-campus, online)

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Secondary Education

Estimated program cost per-credit: $355 (in-state), $847 (out-of-state), $455 (online)

$22 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MEd in Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations, Career and Technical Education, Educational Technology, International Education Leadership
  • An average class size of just 17 ensures excellent student communication and collaboration

With an average class size of just 17 and a program cost that falls well below the state average for public schools, Northern Arizona University has what many aspiring educators are looking for in an initial teacher prep program. But there’s plenty more going on here that is sure to make tomorrow’s teachers stand up and take note. For example, the Northern Arizona College of Education recently opened a technology-enhanced classroom that’s designed with collaborative and active learning experiences in mind. This state-of-the-art facility mirrors the university’s outstanding efforts at ensuring students here have everything they need to succeed, both in the classroom and in the real world. Online or on-campus, Northern Arizona will get you classroom ready and well prepared for a successful career.

 

Diné College (PU)
School of Diné Studies and Education
Tsaile, AZ
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Science

Estimated program cost per-credit: $44

  • The first tribally controlled and accredited college in the U.S.
  • Serves a predominantly Navajo student population across the more than 27,000 square miles of Navajo nation that extend from Arizona to New Mexico to Utah
  • Superb student resources and services available

Diné College is the first tribally controlled and accredited college in the U.S. The deeply discounted cost of just $44 per-credit provides an accessible path to a teaching career for Navajo youth. The school’s excellent selection of quality teacher prep programs serves a predominantly Navajo student population across the more than 27,000 square miles of Navajo nation that extend from Arizona to New Mexico to Utah. Success here isn’t just encouraged, it’s fostered, thanks to resources like the Student Success Center, which is staffed with peer mentors who serve as role models for academic success, and the Office of Career Advancement, which serves as a hub for peer mentoring, internships, projects, and more.

Private Colleges in Arizona – Average per-credit cost: $688

 

Grand Canyon University (PR)
College of Education
Phoenix, AZ
Website

BS (on-campus)

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education (Christian Education)
  • Elementary Education (ESL)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $550

$138 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Higher Education Student Affairs
  • Exciting opportunities to study abroad
  • Excellent student resources and services available

For more than 60 years, Grand Canyon University has offered students an affordable education that’s never been short on quality. Its excellent selection of undergraduate teacher preparation programs continues this legacy of academic excellence and affordability. As a student here, you won’t just find a clear path to a career as a teacher; you’ll thrive in the university’s outstanding learning environment, which comes complete with new, state-of-the-art classrooms and some of the finest student services and resources. During your time here, you’ll also have opportunities to travel the world and explore education through an international mission trip or a traditional study abroad program for as long as a full academic year or as short as a summer.

 

Ottawa University (PR)
School of Education
Phoenix, Surprise, AZ
Website

BA in Education (on-campus)

  • ECE Education Studies
  • Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Elementary Education

BA in Education (on-campus, online)

  • Secondary Education
    • Business
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Music (choral and instrumental)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $499

$189 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Learning and Instruction
  • Both online and on-campus options available for the best in convenience and flexibility
  • Outstanding student services available through the Adawe Center

From its founding more than 150 years ago in Ottawa, Kansas, to its current reputation as a leading university for teacher prep programs, Ottawa University has always had a reputation for student success and affordability. Today, the university serves more than 4,000 students through its Ottawa and Surprise campuses, and through its graduate campuses in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and online. On-campus or online, Ottawa University has everything you need for success in teaching, including the Adawe Center, a hub for mentors who provide guidance and ensure you find your path to success.

 

International Baptist College and Seminary (PR)
Chandler, AZ
Website

BA in Teacher Education (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Estimated program cost per-credit: $430

$258 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of just 6:1 ensures the best in communication and collaboration
  • Christian environment supports your calling to serve through its IBCS Ministry Team

A super low student-to-faculty ratio of just 6:1…a program cost that falls well below the state average for private colleges…and a Christian environment that encourages students to live a biblical lifestyle. These are just a sampling of what International Baptist College and Seminary has to offer aspiring educators like you. In fact, IBCS has become widely recognized as one of the nation’s most affordable Christian colleges. As a student here, you’ll be able to engage in ministry throughout the region as part of the college’s IBCS Ministry Team.

 

University of Phoenix-Arizona (PR)
College of Education
Phoenix, AZ
Website

BS in Education

  • Elementary Education (online)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $398

$290 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MAEd in Curriculum and Development, Adult Education and Training, and Administration and Supervision
  • Convenient, online program features one course at a time
  • Program support specialists provide outstanding support to help guide you through the teacher licensure and credentialing process

With a convenient, online delivery and a program cost that falls well below the private state average, there’s no better college than the University of Phoenix for aspiring educators like you. But that’s not all this university has to offer. Program support specialists are here to help you navigate the teacher licensure and credentialing process and locate the ideal school placements for your clinical practice experiences (the university enjoys close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide). And the convenient program model, which allows you to take just one course at a time, ensures a focused course of study that’s designed with your success in mind.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Colorado

Public Colleges in Colorado – Average per-credit cost: $336

 

Colorado Mesa University (PU)
Center for Teacher Education
Grand Junction, CO
Website

BA/BS

  • Elementary K-6 (on-campus, online)
  • Secondary 7-12 (on-campus)
    • Biology
    • English
    • Geosciences
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Spanish
  • K-12 (on-campus)
    • Art
    • Music
    • PE

Estimated program cost per-credit: $318 (in-state), $740 (out-of-state)

$18 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MAEd in Educational Leadership, Teaching and Leadership
  • Outstanding campus environment includes nice selection of social, cultural, recreational, and personal development opportunities
  • Excellent opportunities for experiential learning available through the Center for Teacher Education

Colorado Mesa University’s affordability and extensive selection of undergraduate teacher preparation programs means you’re very likely to find the program that best fits your career goals and your budget. The Center for Teacher Education (CTE) here works closely with regional school districts to ensure your field placement options are varied and enriching. And thanks to the university’s Career Services center, you’ll have ample support and guidance when it comes time to transition from student to licensed teacher. This superb blend of resources and support has allowed Colorado Mesa to become a staple in teacher education for more than 95 years.

 

University of Northern Colorado (PU)
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Greeley, CO
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • K-12
  • Elementary
  • Special Education
  • American Sign Language – Educational Interpreting (on-campus, online)

BA/BS in Secondary (on-campus)

BS in PE (K-12) (on-campus)

BME in Music (K-12) (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $293 (in-state), $661 (out-of-state)

$43 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Teaching American Sign Language, Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy, Special Education (Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairment, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration, Gifted and Talented, Multilingual Education, Higher Education, and Student Affairs Leadership; MAT in Curriculum Studies, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Teaching Diverse Learners, Literacy
  • Focus on student achievement is reflected in the school’s low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 17:1
  • Superb study abroad opportunities available through the Center for International Education

The University of Northern Colorado bachelor’s degrees leading to initial teacher licensure are affordable and proven. In addition to a tuition that falls below the state average among public institutions, the university boasts teacher prep programs that have been producing outstanding educators since 1889. UNC’s record of excellence in preparing the next generation of educators is clear: It ranks fifth in the nation in terms of producing qualified teachers; 54% of all educators in Colorado have received their education from UNC; and more than 25% of all teachers who’ve won the Colorado Department of Education Teacher of the Year award graduated from UNC.

 

Metropolitan State University of Denver (PU)
School of Education
Denver, CO
Website

BA in Elementary (on-campus)

  • Concentrations include:
    • Applied Developmental Psychology
    • Chicana/o Studies
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
    • Disciplinary Knowledge
    • Mathematics

BS/BFA/BM/BA (on-campus)

  • K-12
  • Content areas include:
    • Art
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Word Languages (French, Spanish)
  • Secondary
  • Content areas include:
    • English
    • Math
    • Science (biology, chemistry, environmental science or physics)
    • Social studies (Africana studies, Chicano studies, economics, history, or political science
  • Special Education

Estimated program cost per-credit: $288 (in-state), $722 (out-of-state)

$48 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • University has an expansive alumni network of more than 100,000
  • Contemporary teacher education programs include study in trauma-informed practices

Metropolitan State University of Denver has long been a trailblazer, both for its dynamic programs and for a tuition rate that places it among the state’s most affordable public colleges and universities. MSU Denver’s commitment to the success of its students is everywhere you turn: classes here are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants; it offers an extensive list of popular and contemporary concentrations; and all students working toward teacher licensure are prepared in trauma-informed practices to better understand the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma. MSU Denver is where students become exceptional teachers through groundbreaking curricula, exceptional practical learning experiences, and superb resources that address current issues in education. It’s no wonder MSU Denver was ranked the fifth most innovative university in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Western Colorado University (PU)
Education Department
Gunnison, CO
Website

BA in Elementary (on-campus, hybrid)

BA/BS (on-campus, hybrid)

  • Secondary
  • K-12

Estimated program cost per-credit: $267 (in-state), $620 (out-of-state)

$69 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Education
  • University features 3+2 programs that include initial teacher licensure and an MA in Education
  • Option to complete your education-specific coursework entirely online while you complete your student teaching experience

Western Colorado University’s bachelor’s degrees leading to initial state licensure come complete with a tuition that places them among the most affordable in the state. As a student of WCU, you’ll have access to teacher education programs that are seamlessly blended with more than a dozen majors to produce undergraduate programs that best reflect your professional and personal goals. After completing three years of study in your chosen major, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your education-specific coursework online while completing your student teaching experience. Convenience and flexibility don’t get any better! Western Colorado University has been producing the next generation of top-notch educators for more than 100 years, so you’ll feel good knowing you’re part of a program that’s been fine tuned to near-perfection.

 

Adams State University (PU)
Teacher Education Department
Alamosa, CO
Website

BA

  • K-12 (on-campus)
  • Elementary (on-campus, online)
  • Secondary (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $235 (in-state), $586 (out-of-state)

$101 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse, Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Educational Leadership
  • BA completion program in Elementary Education offered fully online
  • Outstanding record of student success: 90% of all graduates secure employment within 90 days of graduation
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement requirements embedded into the program

The Adams State University bachelor’s degree programs leading to initial teacher licensure are big on both convenience and affordability! Priced well below the state average for public colleges and universities and including both traditional, four-year undergraduate preparatory programs and a degree-completion program in elementary education for students who already hold an associate’s degree, Adams State University has everything you need to become a licensed educator! The quality of Adams’ teacher prep programs is evident: 90% of all graduates here land jobs within 90 days of graduation!

 

Colorado Mountain College (PU)
Glenwood Springs, CO
Website

BA in Elementary (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $210 (in-state), $491 (out-of-state)

$126 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges 

  • Program offered at a number of campuses for the best in flexibility and convenience: Breckenridge, Dillon, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Salida, Steamboat Springs, and Vail Valley at Edwards
  • University ranked among the top 20 in the U.S. for student success by CNN/Moneyand the Aspen Institute
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement requirements embedded into the program

The Colorado Mountain College BA in Elementary offers a tuition that places it among the most affordable in the state and a pathway to initial teacher licensure that’s designed with your success in mind. You’ll love the focus on experiential learning here that includes working alongside veteran teachers throughout the entirety of your program. These exceptional opportunities ensure you’re well-prepared to handle the rigors and challenges of the classroom by the time you begin your student teaching experience. You’ll also love the program’s focus on educating culturally and linguistically diverse students; in fact, complete CMC’s Elementary Education program here and you’ll earn a CLD endorsement from the State of Colorado!

Private Colleges in Colorado – Average per-credit cost: $1,253

 

Naropa University (PR)
Teacher Licensure Program
Boulder, CO
Website

BA in Elementary Education (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $1,146

$107 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Liberal transfer policy: Students can transfer up to 46 credits into the BA Elementary Education major
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement requirements embedded into the program

The Naropa University BA in Elementary Education includes a tuition that places it among the most affordable in the state and a course of study that’s both comprehensive and contemporary. And here’s why: (1) This program includes Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) content that’s embedded into the curriculum and leads to a CLD endorsement from the State of Colorado; (2) you’ll take contemporary courses like Holistic and Contemplative Teaching Traditions, Nature and Education, and Multicultural Education and Contemplative Critical Pedagogy; and (3) you’ll have the option of adding the elementary teacher licensure to a major other than education, which could mean earning a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Creative Writing and Literature, Environmental Studies.

 

Colorado Christian University (PR)
School of Education
Lakewood, CO
Website

BA in Liberal Arts (online)

  • Elementary
  • Special Education

BM (on-campus)

  • Music
  • Secondary

Estimated program cost per-credit: $1,141, $469 (online)

$112 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MA in Curriculum and Instruction; MEd in Educational Leadership, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranked the university first among Colorado education programs and in the 98th percentile among all education programs nationwide

Colorado Christian University offers convenience, flexibility, and a tuition rate that’s priced well below the state average for private colleges and universities! CCU is also a leader in educational effectiveness and student success, receiving a top ranking among education programs in Colorado by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and a national ranking in the 98th percentile among education programs. Built upon a Christ-centered foundation and focused on experiential learning, CCU offers excellent opportunities for field experiences and student teaching placements, thanks to its strong partnerships with schools in the region and its curriculum that includes guidance and mentorship from a dedicated faculty of scholars and practitioners.

 

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (PR)
Denver, CO
Website

BFA in Art Education, K-12 (on-campus, online)

  • On-campus emphases offered in:
    • Animation
    • Fine Art
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
  • Online emphases offered in:
    • Animation
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration

Estimated program cost per-credit: $693, $544 (online)

$560 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MAEd in Media Design and Technology
  • Outstanding digital resources available to online students
  • Your choice of program emphasis produces a truly personalized course of study that best reflects your art interests

The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design BFA in Art Education offers a private school education in art education at a truly affordable price! This program builds upon your passion for creativity by teaching you how to develop core teaching skills and methods. This pathway to your initial K-12 teaching license with the option to select an emphasis that aligns with your artistic interests and proclivities. A hands-on learning environment, small classes for individual attention, and a highly focused student teaching placement that matches your interests are just a few of the perks of this program. Whether online or on-campus, RMCAD’s BFA in Art Education is designed to maximize your creativity and prepare you for a career as a K-12 art educator.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Idaho

Public Colleges in Idaho – Average per-credit cost: $260

 

Lewis-Clark State College (PU)
Division of Teacher Education
Lewiston, ID
Website

BA/BS

  • Elementary (on-campus, online)
  • Secondary (on-campus)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communication Arts
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Science (w/History)
    • Kinesiology-Physical Education K-12
    • Health 6-12

Estimated program cost per-credit: $232 (in-state), $674 (out-of-state)

$28 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Superb convenience and flexibility offered through the online elementary teacher education program
  • Outstanding personalized learning through a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1

The Lewis-Clarke State College Division of Teacher Education is where excellence in education is guaranteed and highly qualified teachers are born. And with a tuition that falls below the state average for public colleges and universities, your education here also comes with an affordable price tag. Professional partnerships, a strong faculty of experts, collaborative instruction, and a distinctly student-centered approach to learning have allowed LCSC to remain a leader in undergraduate teacher prep programs. And if remote learning is what you’re looking for, LCSC has you covered with its online elementary teacher education program – a convenient and flexible pathway to initial licensure as an elementary teacher.

Private Colleges in Idaho – Average per-credit cost: $679

 

Brigham Young University-Idaho (PR)
Department of Teacher Education
Rexburg, ID
Website

BS (campus)

  • Elementary
    • Middle (6-9) English/Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies
  • Special Education
    • Elementary K-8
    • Secondary Language Arts 6-12
    • Secondary Math 6-12
    • K-12 Generalist

BA/BS Secondary (campus)

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Family Consumer Sciences
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education (Band/Orchestra/Choral)
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

Estimated program cost per-credit: $286 (LDS member tuition: $143)

$393 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Small class sizes and faculty mentorship provide a personalized course of education
  • Excellent selection of service learning, volunteer, and leadership opportunities

Brigham-Young University Provo offers a selection of undergraduate teacher prep programs that helps ensure you’ll find an exact match for your career plans, while its affordable tuition for both LDS and non-LDS members ensures an excellent value in private university education. Smaller class sizes provide plenty of opportunities to engage with your classmates and connect with your instructors, and a Christ-centered learning environment that’s based on a shared commitment to living by the gospel round out this exceptional course of education that’ll put you on the road to a fulfilling career in education.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Montana

Public Colleges in Montana – Average per-credit cost: $149

 

Montana State University Billings (PU)
College of Education
Billings, MT
Website

BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Elementary Education/Special Education (P-12)
  • Secondary Education/Special Education (P-12)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $149 (in-state), $593 (out-of-state)

Per-credit cost is the same as the state average for public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MEd in Theory and Practice Interdisciplinary Studies, Reading
  • Excellent selection of study abroad opportunities include exchange programs through the university’s partner schools in England, France, Scotland, Germany, Finland, and more
  • Low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1 ensures a personalized course of learning

The very affordable tuition rate at Montana State University Billings is outdone only by the exceptional student experience you’ll get here. Small class sizes (low, 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio), outstanding support through the university’s Center for Engagement, exciting service learning and research opportunities, and an amazing selection of international learning opportunities that can take you to destinations like England, France, Germany, China, South Korea, and Japan are just some of the perks that come with an undergraduate teacher preparation program from Montana State University Billings.

 

Montana State University-Northern (PU)
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Havre, Montana
Website

BSEd (on-campus)

  • Elementary (K-8)
  • Secondary (5-12)
    • English
    • General Science
    • Social Science Broadfield
  • Physical Education K-12

Estimated program cost per-credit: $149 (in-state), $622 (out-of-state)

Per-credit cost is the same as the state average for public colleges

  • Also offers: MSEd in Education, Instruction and Learning
  • Part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which offers in-state tuition to residents in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, and UT
  • Recognized as a leader in economic mobility among its students

Montana State University Northern delivers a selection of popular undergraduate teacher preparation programs at a price that places it among the most affordable in the region. Grounded in a tradition of excellence, MSU-Northern boasts a personalized learning experience thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio of just 14:1… a reputation as a national leader for economic mobility (as indicated by students who moved from an income bracket in the bottom 20th percentile to one in the top 20th after graduation)… and a generous in-state tuition rate discount that extends into 14 other states as part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

 

The University of Montana-Western (PU)
Education Department
Dillon, MT
Website

BS Elementary (on-campus)

  • Middle (Earth Science, Instructional Technology, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Studies)

BS K-12 (on-campus)

  • Art Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education and Health

BA/BS Secondary (on-campus)

  • English
  • Social Science
  • Modern History
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • General Science Broadfield
  • Mathematics

Estimated program cost per-credit: $141 (in-state), $497 (out-of-state)

$8 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Ranked among MONEY Magazine’s Best Colleges list in 2019-20
  • Coursework delivered in a unique block schedule system that features taking just one course at a time

The University of Montana Western has it all: an excellent selection of undergraduate teacher prep programs and a tuition that falls below the state average among public colleges and universities. Choose one of the university’s pathways to initial teacher licensure and you’ll be part of the oldest education program in the state, and one of the best ones too. Teacher preparation here is rooted in the Education Department’s Experience One program – a unique program that places a distinct emphasis on hands-on experiences, small class sizes, and a block schedule system that will have you taking just one course at a time. Efficient, effective, and proven – Experience One has allowed the university to lead the state in enrollment growth and student success.

Private Colleges in Montana – Average per-credit cost: $1,029

 

Rocky Mountain College (PR)
Education Department
Billings, MT
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • K-12
    • Art
    • Health and Human Performance/Physical Education
    • Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental)
  • Secondary
    • Biology/Science Broadfield Biology
    • English
    • History/Social Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Science Broadfield Chemistry

Estimated program cost per-credit: $999

$30 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in Educational Leadership
  • Outstanding focus on personalized learning achieved through a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 9:1
  • Superb record of student success: nearly 100% of all students land a teaching job upon graduation

The Rocky Mountain College teacher prep programs aren’t just affordable – they’re proven. The Education Department’s commitment to academic excellence has earned it a reputation as one of the premier programs in the region and in the state, with students of the undergraduate teacher prep programs routinely sought out by school districts looking for the best. In fact, nearly 100% of students land teaching positions immediately upon graduation. Points of pride here include small class sizes, loads of individual attention, plenty of hands-on learning, and an innovative educational philosophy that ensures a successful transition from student to teacher.

 

University of Providence (PR)
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Great Falls, MT
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary K-8
  • Health & Physical Education

Estimated program cost per-credit: $882

$147 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • University is based in the Roman Catholic tradition and includes outstanding opportunities to worship, grow spiritually, and share your faith with others
  • Courses embedded with study on trauma and restorative practices ensure innovative teaching methods for serving children who have experienced trauma

The University of Providence offers a private school education leading to a highly respected bachelor’s degree and your initial teaching license, and does it all with a tuition rate that places it among the most affordable in the state. An optimum blend of theory and practice ensure a well-rounded course of education that produces some of the most successful – and highly coveted – educators in the region. You’ll immediately begin your course of study by working with students and taking courses that allow you to apply your newly acquired knowledge in the classroom. You’ll also take courses which, through a focus on trauma and restorative practices, will allow you to better serve students who have experienced trauma, allowing you to create restorative classroom communities with their needs in mind.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in New Mexico

Public Colleges in New Mexico – Average per-credit cost: $196

 

New Mexico Highlands University (PU)
School of Education
Las Vegas, NM
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Elementary/Special Education
  • Secondary
  • K-12 (PE, Music)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $154 (in-state), $302 (out-of-state)

$27 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading, Technology Education, Bilingual Education, TESOL, Gifted and Talented), Educational Leadership
  • University is ranked first in the state for student satisfaction
  • Flexible and convenient: courses offered at the main campus and the university’s satellite campuses in Rio Rancho, Santa Fem, and Farmington

New Mexico Highlands University is built on a foundation of academic excellence that has produced the next generation of leaders and innovators for more than a century. Affordable and complete, the undergraduate teacher preparatory programs here feature the latest innovations in education and plenty of practical experiences that will make your transition from student to educator an effortless one. And wherever your passions lie, you’re sure to find a program that meets your needs, thanks to minors in areas like early childhood multicultural education, bilingual education, and ESL. With courses offered at the main campus and at the satellite campuses in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Farmington, flexibility here is guaranteed!

 

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (PU)
College of Education and Technology
Portales, NM
Website

BA/BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary K-8/Special Education Pre-K-12
    • Bilingual Education
    • Reading
    • English as a Second Language
  • Secondary
    • English
    • Social Studies, History
    • Mathematics
  • K-12
    • Music (Choral, Instrumental)
    • HPE

Estimated program cost per-credit: $136 (in-state), $204 (out-of-state)

$45 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in Education Administration, Bilingual Education, Education Technology, English as a Second Language; Career and Technical Education, Reading/Literacy; Pedagogy and Learning
  • Outstanding student satisfaction rate of 97%
  • Home to the brand new Golden State Success Center

The Eastern New Mexico University undergraduate teacher preparatory programs enjoy a reputation for academic excellence and affordability in the Southwest. It’s no wonder the university comes with a 97% student satisfaction rate and a ranking among the top 10% most affordable in the Southwest. Choose ENMU’s undergraduate teacher prep programs as your pathway to a teaching license and you’ll be a part of the largest regional university boasting outstanding resources, including the new Golden State Success Center, a $26 million state-of-the-art building with study spaces, computer workstations, and the expansive Golden Library.

 

Northern New Mexico College (PU)
Teacher Education Department
Espanola, NM
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary
    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies
    • Math
    • Science

Estimated program cost per-credit: $109 (in-state), $404 (out-of-state)

$72 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • College serves a culturally and geographically diverse region that includes eight Native American communities
  • Elementary education program features a TESOL or bilingual endorsement option

The Northern New Mexico College undergraduate teacher preparation program in elementary education features a tuition rate that will impress and an option to customize your course of study through your choice of concentration with a TESOL or bilingual endorsement. Situated in a culturally and geographically diverse region that’s been historically underserved, Northern New Mexico College proudly serves eight Native American communities. Small class sizes, an experienced full-time faculty, and plenty of student organizations that’ll provide you with opportunities to engage with your peers are all part of the experience at Northern New Mexico College.

Private Colleges in New Mexico – Average per-credit cost: $466

 

University of Phoenix-New Mexico (PR)
College of Education
Albuquerque, NM
Website

BSEd in Elementary Education (online)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $398

$68 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Adult Education and Training, Administration and Supervision
  • Dedicated support specialists provide the necessary guidance for completing your program and meeting the necessary licensure and credentialing requirements
  • Unique online program delivery that involves taking just one five-week course at a time

The University of Phoenix – New Mexico BSED in Elementary Education is at the intersection of value and convenience! This program comes with an affordable tuition that falls below the state average for private colleges and universities, and with fully online delivery it offers the effective and efficient pathway to a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching license you’ve been searching for. Online learning here has never been easier, thanks to a dedicated support specialist who will help you navigate the online learning experience and meet the necessary licensure and credentialing requirements. And thanks to the university’s partnerships with hundreds of schools nationwide, you won’t have any problem finding a good match when it comes time to complete your student teaching experience.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Nevada

Public Colleges in Nevada – Average per-credit cost: $201

 

Nevada State College (PU)
School of Education
Henderson, NV
Website

BA in Elementary (on-campus)

  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Education

BA/BS in Secondary

  • English
  • History
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Estimated program cost per-credit: $175 (in-state), $608 (out-of-state)

$26 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Recipient of the Silver Award in the Best College/University Category in the 2018 “Best of Las Vegas” poll

The Nevada State College undergraduate teacher prep programs offer innovation in teacher education, a collaborative learning environment, and one of the most affordable tuition rates in Nevada – and that’s just the beginning. The Nevada State College School of Education, long recognized as a leader in teacher preparation, is home to a highly qualified and fully dedicated faculty who lend their talents to creating unique and interactive classroom learning experiences through lessons that involve thinking maps, story theater, and more. These types of innovative learning experiences are just some of the reasons Nevada State College earned a Silver Award in the Best College/University Category in the “Best of Las Vegas” poll in 2018.

 

Great Basin College (PU)
Teacher Education
Elko, NV
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Secondary
    • Agricultural Education
    • Biological Science
    • Business Education
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Sciences

Estimated program cost per-credit: $144 (in-state), $393 (out-of-state)

$57 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Through its main campus and satellite campuses, GBC services ten of Nevada’s largest counties and nearly 20 rural communities across the state
  • Superb guidance and support through the Academic Success Center

Whether you have your sights set on elementary or secondary education, Great Basin College has the undergraduate teacher preparation program for you at a price that places it among the most affordable in the state. Serving ten of Nevada’s largest counties to include nearly 20 communities across the rural part of the state as far out as Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca, GBC’s strong academic offerings have an extensive reach. For more than 50 years GBC has been offering students outstanding options in higher education, and its undergraduate teacher prep programs continue this legacy of excellence by providing a comprehensive blend of classroom and practical training that’s designed to produce outstanding educators. As a student here, you’ll have enjoy plenty of support from professors and outstanding guidance through the Academic Success Center, which offers live tutoring, student success workshops, and much more.

Private Colleges in Nevada – Average per-credit cost: $312

 

Sierra Nevada University (PR)
Teacher Education
Incline Village, NV
Website

BAEd in Elementary K-6 (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $225

$87 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in English Language Acquisition and Development, Administration
  • International study opportunities available through 29 partner universities in 17 countries
  • All on-campus coursework scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends for the best in convenience and flexibility

With two campus locations, one in Reno and another in Las Vegas, a tuition that places it among Nevada’s most affordable universities, and opportunities to study abroad alongside seasoned faculty in partner universities around the world, Sierra Nevada University offers everything you need for a successful education and an unforgettable student experience. And thanks to year-round classes and courses that are always scheduled in the evenings and weekends, Sierra Nevada ensures a convenient and flexible pathway to your initial teaching license. If a graduate degree is in your immediate plans, Sierra Nevada even offers a combined BA/MAT degree for an accelerated course of study that allows you to earn both degrees in as little as five years.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Utah

Public Colleges in Utah – Average per-credit cost: $201

 

Southern Utah University (PU)
Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development
Cedar City, UT
Website

BA/BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary
    • Mathematics
    • Special Education Mild/Moderate Dual Licensure (K-12)
  • Secondary
    • English
    • History
    • Languages
    • Mathematics
    • Physical & Biological Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Theatre Arts
  • K-12
    • PE
    • Special Education
    • Dance

BS Elementary (online)

BM Music K-12

Estimated program cost per-credit: $200 (in-state), $661 (out-of-state)

$1 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MEd in Educational Foundations and Policy
  • Online elementary education program is offered in a full- and part-time format for the best in flexibility and convenience
  • Named among the Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Offering an outstanding selection of undergraduate teacher preparation programs at an affordable price, Southern Utah University is where academic rigor meets project-based learning opportunities to create a truly well-rounded student experience that will prepare you for every aspect of a career in the classroom. Home to 12,000 students, while still providing the individualized support and guidance that come with small class sizes and a dedicated faculty, SUU offers the outstanding resources of a large university with the rich learning environment of a small college. No wonder it’s been named among the Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Utah Valley University (PU)
School of Education
Orem, UT
Website

BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Special Education, K-12
  • Physical Education, K-12

BA/BS (on-campus)

  • Secondary
    • Art and Visual Communication
    • ASL and Deaf Studies
    • Biology
    • Business/Marketing
    • Chemistry
    • Dance
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • Health
    • History
    • Math
    • Music
    • PE
    • Physics
    • Spanish
    • Theater

Estimated program cost per-credit: $173 (in-state), $536 (out-of-state)

$28 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in Higher Education Leadership, K-12 Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership
  • Superb domestic intercultural experiences available with the Navajo Nation as well as international experiences in Spain, Peru, Switzerland, and Tonga, among others
  • All programs include an embedded course of study in STEM integrative practices provided through the School of Education’s Creative Learning Studio

Utah Valley University’s outstanding selection of undergraduate teacher preparation programs will put you on the path to an exciting and fulfilling career as an elementary or secondary educator, and with a tuition rate that falls below the state average for public colleges and universities, that path could be a lot more affordable than you might think. The focus that the UVU School of Education places on practical learning experiences is bolstered by fantastic international and domestic intercultural experiences that allow you to explore new locations, languages, and cultures while you learn. As a student here, you’ll have access to outstanding hands-on learning opportunities through the Global Teaching program, giving you access to study abroad experiences in places like Spain, Peru, Switzerland, and Tonga, as well as domestic intercultural opportunities with the Navajo Nation. And even if you stay within the confines of the Utah Valley campus, practical learning experiences still abound with resources like the Creative Learning Studio – your opportunity to learn about STEM integrative practices for K-12 classrooms.

 

Weber State University (PU)
Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education
Ogden, UT
Website

BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Special Education, K-12
  • Physical Education

Estimated program cost per-credit: $170 (in-state), $509 (out-of-state)

$31 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • Also offers: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher Education Leadership
  • Strong record of academic excellence in teacher preparation programs
  • Outstanding career support and guidance through WSU Career Services

The reputation of the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education will win you over, while Weber State’s super affordable tuition rate is sure to impress. Programs here for aspiring teachers come with a proven record of success. In fact, for more than 125 years, Weber State University has focused on preparing skilled and effective teachers, and today this focus remains just as strong and unwavering. Choose Weber State as your pathway to an initial teaching license and you’ll be part of a university that provides outstanding support and guidance through a dedicated and well-qualified faculty, a community of partner school districts and administrators, and through WSU Career Services – your one-stop shop for career counseling, practice interviews, resume preparation, and more.

 

Dixie State University (PU)
College of Education
St. George, UT
Website

BS Elementary (on-campus)

BA/BS Secondary (on-campus)

  • Art
  • Biology
  • English
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Theater

Estimated program cost per-credit: $156 (in-state), $499 (out-of-state)

$45 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at public colleges

  • National accreditation: TEAC
  • More than 80 student clubs and organizations offer exciting opportunities to engage with your peers and give back to the community
  • Outstanding record of student success: 95% of all graduates were either employed or entering graduate school within six months of graduation

When you’ve got one of the lowest tuition rates in the Western U.S. (CNBC ranked it among the Most Affordable Small Colleges in the Nation), people tend to take note. But while a low program cost may allow you to consider Dixie State University for your undergraduate teacher prep program, the exceptional academic experience offered here will quickly convince you that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability! You’ll love Dixie State for the engaging student-centered academic environment you’ll find here, supported by a dedicated faculty and a focus on cutting-edge learning practices. Campus life here is exciting and lively, with service learning and civic engagement experiences offering fantastic opportunities to connect with your peers and give back to your community.

Private Colleges in Utah – Average per-credit cost: $626

 

Brigham Young University-Provo (PR)
David O. McKay School of Education
Provo, UT
Website

BS (on-campus)

  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education (Mild/Moderate, Severe)

BA/BS (on-campus)

  • Secondary
    • Biological Science Education
    • Chemistry Education
    • Earth/Space Science Education
    • English Teaching
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
    • French Teaching
    • German Teaching
    • History Teaching
    • Latin Teaching
    • Math Education
    • Physics Teaching
    • Spanish Teaching
    • Teaching Physical Science
  • Social Science Teaching
  • Technology and Engineering Education
  • PE Teaching/Coaching K-12
  • Theater Arts K-12
  • Dance

BM in Music K-12, (General, Choral, Instrumental) (on-campus)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $398 (LDS member rate $199)

$228 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MEd in Educational Leadership – School Leadership, Education Policy Studies
  • Ranked fourth in the nation for Best Colleges for Education Majors by Niche
  • Named a Best in the West college for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal

Brigham Young University Provo, grounded in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tradition of gospel-centered learning, provides an impressive selection of undergraduate teacher prep programs alongside an equally impressive tuition. Serving the largest undergraduate population of any private university in the region at more than 33,000 students, BYU is able to offer unmatched services and programs including exceptional service learning opportunities. The academic offerings here are also second to none, with esteemed publications recognizing the university for everything from the value it offers to academic rigor and the achievements seen among graduates. The Wall Street Journal named it the Best in the West for student engagement… Niche ranked it fourth among the Best Colleges in the nation for education majors… and a report from the Wall Street Journal and @timeshighered ranked it first in the nation for being “worth the cost.”

 

Western Governors University (PR)
Teachers College
Salt Lake City, UT
Website

BA (online)

  • Special Education
  • Special Education and Elementary Education
  • Elementary

BA/BS in Secondary (online)

  • Science/Biology
  • Science/Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Middle Grades)
  • Mathematics (Middle Grades)

 

Estimated program cost per-credit: $215*

$411 less per-credit than the state average for similar programs at private colleges

*Teachers College charges a flat rate of $3,225 per six-month term. Estimated cost per-credit shown represents a conversion to a semester credit rate for the purpose of comparing the cost of all programs using a common unit.

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MS in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction; MEd in Learning and Technology, Instructional Design; MA
  • Online programs feature no set class times and flexible assignment due dates for outstanding convenience
  • Flat tuition rate offers unmatched value in higher education

Western Governors University offers one of the most exceptional values in higher education, and the extensive selection of undergraduate teacher preparation subject area offerings available here means you’re likely to find the exact concentration you’re looking for. Ask any student here and they’ll tell you: the WGU experience is like no other: As a student of WGU, you’ll pay a flat tuition, regardless of how many courses you take… the online course delivery offers unmatched convenience and flexibility… dedicated mentors provide excellent support throughout the program… and flexible courses that feature no set class times and flexible assignment due dates are designed for today’s busy students.

Most Affordable Teaching Certificate Bachelor’s in Education Programs in Wyoming

 

University of Wyoming (PU)
College of Education
Laramie, WY
Website

BA (on-campus)

  • Elementary
  • Elementary Education/Special Education
  • K-12 – Art
  • Secondary
    • Agricultural Education Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communication, Animal & Veterinary Science)
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems, Physics)
    • Social Studies (History, Political Science)

Estimated program cost per-credit: $145 (in-state), $603 (out-of-state)

Only public school in Wyoming to offer undergraduate teacher preparatory programs

  • National accreditation: CAEP
  • Also offers: MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration; MS in Learning, Design and Technology
  • Superb study abroad experiences available – program includes more than 50 countries and more than 400 domestic and international study sites
  • Exceptional practical experiences include participation in the K-8 school located on campus

The University of Wyoming, the sole public university in the state to offer undergraduate teacher prep programs, offers an exceptionally low tuition rate and an extensive selection of content area endorsement options. Wyoming State has a reputation for being as affordable as it is academically rigorous, placing it among the top programs in the country, while the low tuition rate has earned it recognition from PayScale for being among the nation’s best return on investment. Even Forbes recognized it as a school that offers a lot for the money, naming it among the Best Value Colleges in America. Just some of the perks of choosing the University of Wyoming as the pathway to your initial teaching license include practical experiences starting in your sophomore year, outstanding practical experiences offered through the on-campus K-8 school, and small class sizes and professors dedicated to your success. The outstanding study abroad opportunities here open the door to nearly 50 countries and more than 400 domestic and international study sites. In fact, the university has the largest study-abroad scholarship endowment of any four-year public land-grant university in the nation!