Top Masters in Education, a leading resource for educators looking to enhance their own educational foundation, has published its first annual ranking of the Best Value Online Masters in Special Education degree programs. The Top Masters in Education Best Value Rankings highlight the lowest priced, highest quality, regionally accredited online education degree programs.

Ball State University leads off the Online Master's in Special Education ranking. Ball State offers three Masters of Special Education degree specializations, including Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Director of Exceptional Needs. These degrees can be earned in an eighteen-month period through Ball State University's online accelerated format. Additionally all of Ball State's Teachers College programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Higher Learning Commission and the Indiana Department of Education.

Schools making the ranking include:

1. Ball State University: Muncie, Indiana
2. University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, Nebraska
3. Bowling Green State University: Bowling Green, Ohio
4. Florida State University: Tallahassee, Florida
5. Emporia State University: Emporia, Kansas
6. Northwestern State University of Louisiana: Natchitoches, Louisiana
7. University of Missouri: Columbia, Missouri
8. American Public University: Charles Town, West Virginia
9. Northcentral University: Prescott Valley, Arizona
10. Texas Tech University: Lubbock Texas

Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost. Lead editor of Top masters in Education, Hugo Saucedo, determined the lowest priced, highest quality, regionally accredited online Master's in Special Education programs. "We believe this list offers a great starting point for students seeking an accredited, affordable, top quality Master's in Special Education," Saucedo said.

"There has been much debate about the value of education and how much education should cost. Too often students leave college not only with a degree but also saddled with way too much debt. We believe the listed schools are not only academically superior but are also a superior value and offer every student an opportunity for advancement in their careers. This is especially true in such a competitive field such as special education. To truly meet the needs of all students, we believe that programs such as the ones listed are heads and shoulders above other comparable schools. This list covers every region of the United States and links potential students to these programs without them having to search for the school websites themselves. We believe this can be a valuable tool for those leading busy lives who need information that is well researched and readily available," Saucedo said.

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