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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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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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