Special Education in California

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Schools Offering Special Education Programs in California

Around 0.1% of California's graduates graduate from special education degree programs every year. That means an estimated 1,000 special education professionals graduate from California's 60 special education schools each year.

Top Schools

University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley, is the top-ranked school in California that has a special education program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. 1 students graduated with a degree in special education from University of California-Berkeley in 2010. Tuition at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a special education program is University of California-Davis, which is located in Davis. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 2 students graduated from University of California-Davis special education program. University of California-Davis charged in-state students $11,958 in tuition fees per year.

Chapman University, which was ranked 16th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a special education program. It is located in Orange. In 2010, Chapman University graduated 24 students from its special education programs. Tuition at Chapman University was $38,524 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of California's special education schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,203 per year, though tuition can range from $38,524 per year to $644 per year. In 2010, the following California special education schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Chapman University - located in Orange, students are charged $38,524 per year
  2. Mills College - located in Oakland, students are charged $37,485 per year
  3. University of San Diego - located in San Diego, students are charged $37,372 per year

The special education schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  2. Santa Monica College - located in Santa Monica, students are charged $652 per year
  3. Fresno City College - located in Fresno, students are charged $658 per year

A special education degree from a California school... what next?

The following counties have the largest number of California special education professionals:

  1. Los Angeles County - 5,410 special education professionals
  2. Riverside County - 1,570 special education professionals
  3. Alameda County - 1,320 special education professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of special education professionals is expected to grow by 20% by 2018. There are projected to be 23,200 special education professionals working in the California then.


On average, special education professionals earn $64,320 per year. In 2010, however, some California special education professional earned as little as less than $25,030 per year or as much as more than $127,540 per year. The counties in California with the highest average salary for special education professionals are:

  1. Butte County - $78,680 per year
  2. Monterey County - $78,080 per year
  3. Orange County - $75,550 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for special education professionals are:

  1. Shasta County - $53,390 per year
  2. Kings County - $53,480 per year
  3. Colusa County - $55,880 per year

On average, the highest paid special education professionals in California were:

  1. Preschool Special Education Teacher - $64,320 per year

The special education professionals with lowest average salaries in California were:

  1. Preschool Special Education Teacher - $64,320 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in special education. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as speech therapy or elementary education.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Special Education in California
  • Master's Degree in Special Education in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Special Education in California
  • Certificate in Special Education in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,787 miles from location Norco College Norco CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,948 miles from location University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA 95.3529 41% 35,830
7,817 miles from location East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 16.3274 n/a 35,717
7,820 miles from location California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 40.6226 23% 35,557
7,833 miles from location California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 31.9561 27% 35,198
7,835 miles from location Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA 14.1706 n/a 32,313
7,906 miles from location University of California-Davis Davis CA 84.1357 23% 31,247
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,951 miles from location De Anza College Cupertino CA 24.9068 n/a 25,191
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,936 miles from location Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA 17.2076 n/a 21,951
7,837 miles from location Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA 17.7823 n/a 21,928
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,844 miles from location California State University-Fresno Fresno CA 30.8192 28% 21,500
7,817 miles from location California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 25.7976 14% 20,619
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Valley College Van Nuys CA 13.476 n/a 19,951
7,824 miles from location Los Angeles City College Los Angeles CA 12.6588 n/a 19,873
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,788 miles from location National University La Jolla CA 19.5062 n/a 15,553
7,946 miles from location Chabot College Hayward CA 14.9806 n/a 15,375
7,770 miles from location San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 10.4241 n/a 14,916
7,943 miles from location California State University-East Bay Hayward CA 27.6856 24% 14,749
7,826 miles from location California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA 23.8657 17% 14,477
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,831 miles from location West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 11.1589 n/a 11,866
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,929 miles from location Las Positas College Livermore CA 15.9289 n/a 9,790
7,833 miles from location Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA 37.1994 25% 9,015
7,945 miles from location Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA 38.3571 21% 8,846
7,692 miles from location Imperial Valley College Imperial CA 12.7761 n/a 8,831
7,935 miles from location Gavilan College Gilroy CA 9.80111 n/a 8,087
7,788 miles from location University of San Diego San Diego CA 71.6614 20% 7,868
7,795 miles from location University of La Verne La Verne CA 61.7321 31% 7,482
7,865 miles from location Taft College Taft CA 15.1812 n/a 7,031
7,897 miles from location University of the Pacific Stockton CA 67.1147 14% 6,401
7,805 miles from location Chapman University Orange CA 72.3395 30% 6,398
7,805 miles from location Brandman University, Part of the Chapman University System Irvine CA 1.84539 n/a 6,386
7,781 miles from location Alliant International University San Diego CA 10.6961 n/a 4,157
7,779 miles from location California Baptist University Riverside CA 59.9314 45% 4,103
7,853 miles from location California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA 62.6312 20% 3,714
7,942 miles from location Saint Marys College of California Moraga CA 28.2064 22% 3,636
7,845 miles from location Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 63.0214 69% 2,668
7,834 miles from location Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles CA 33.5301 42% 2,482
7,959 miles from location Dominican University of California San Rafael CA 56.4901 18% 2,094
7,783 miles from location La Sierra University Riverside CA 20.5713 46% 1,857
7,959 miles from location Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont CA 54.6996 15% 1,613
7,947 miles from location Mills College Oakland CA 63.7326 19% 1,501
7,947 miles from location Holy Names University Oakland CA 47.5013 37% 1,135

Curious what studying Special Education gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School + 17,410 $64,320 0.5%

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