Special Education in Illinois

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Schools Offering Special Education Programs in Illinois


Approximately 0.3% of graduates in of Illinois receive special education degrees every year. That means an estimated 1,296 special education professionals graduate from Illinois' 33 special education schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a special education program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, 15 students graduated from Northwestern University's special education program. The tuition rate at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a special education program is Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, 23 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago special education program. The tuition rate at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a special education program. It received a ranking of 29th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated 35 students from its special education programs. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at Illinois' special education schools ranges from $40,223 per year to $2,550 per year. But, the average tuition is $18,182 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois special education schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year
  3. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year

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

  1. Rend Lake College - located in Ina, students are charged $2,550 per year
  2. Spoon River College - located in Canton, students are charged $3,000 per year
  3. Northeastern Illinois University - located in Chicago, students are charged $7,492 per year

A special education degree from an Illinois school... what next?

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

  1. Cook County - 5,010 special education professionals
  2. Lake County - 1,000 special education professionals
  3. Adams County - 660 special education professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of special education professionals in the state of Illinois will grow to 12,840. This would require a 23% growth in the profession.

Salary

special education professionals in Illinois make an average of $57,150 per year. In 2010, however, some Illinois special education professional earned as little as less than $16,860 per year or as much as more than $87,770 per year. Special education professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $59,340 per year
  2. McLean County - $53,080 per year
  3. Kankakee County - $52,800 per year

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

  1. Boone County - $36,380 per year
  2. Champaign County - $38,540 per year
  3. Clark County - $38,810 per year

The special education professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Preschool Special Education Teacher - $57,150 per year

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

  1. Preschool Special Education Teacher - $57,150 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois 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 Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Special Education in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Special Education in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Special Education in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,106 miles from location Northwestern University Evanston IL 92.7945 32% 19,853
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,107 miles from location Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 17.0681 36% 11,631
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location National-Louis University Chicago IL 13.8491 56% 6,385
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,106 miles from location Governors State University Park Forest IL 1.76028 n/a 5,674
6,112 miles from location Concordia University River Forest IL 24.8943 25% 5,049
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,126 miles from location University of St Francis Joliet IL 58.1609 35% 3,352
6,229 miles from location Spoon River College Canton IL 15.2286 n/a 2,118
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,111 miles from location Trinity Christian College Palos Heights IL 26.9291 38% 1,450
6,175 miles from location Rockford College Rockford IL 21.6186 23% 1,341
6,237 miles from location MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 28.2629 33% 518
6,110 miles from location Hebrew Theological College Skokie IL 43.3002 100% 450
 

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School + 9,900 $57,150
 

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