NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s online special education and English as a second language master’s degrees were ranked among the top 25 best value online degrees in their respective categories by Optimal, a resource that helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers.

In addition, SFA’s educational leadership, secondary education and special education master’s degrees were listed among the top 25 most affordable online degrees in their respective categories.

“The faculty and staff in each of SFA’s online graduate education programs are ready to meet students where they are and work with them to achieve their goals,” said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education. “We know our online students often have professional and family obligations, so we try to accommodate those while providing a high-quality education their future students will benefit from.”

Optimal published its 2020 Best Value Colleges rankings at for 121 programs. The rankings are based on degree-level and program-specific tuition rates and salary data. The salary figures reflect median midcareer salaries of graduates to show the 10-year return on investment.

For students interested in online accredited degrees with the lowest cost, Optimal released its 2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges rankings at These 152 program rankings highlight schools making an effort to provide an economical option for prospective students.

For more information about these online SFA master’s programs, email Belinda Davis, graduate coordinator for the Perkins College of Education, at