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How will your special education education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your special education education with special education education around the nation. There are 851 traditional special education schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had special education programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California
  3. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 27,105 students graduated with degrees in special education. Of these students, 2,182 received certifications in special education, 8,612 received an undergraduate degree in special education, and 16,311 received a graduate-level degree in special education.


Students can pursue education in special education at the following levels:

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

Special education students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying special education:

  • Time Management
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Emotional and Behavioral Support
  • High Incident Disabilities
  • Creative Thinking


On average in 2010, special education schools in the US charged $21,415 in tuition per year. The following special education schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150

The lowest tuition was charged by the following special education schools:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your special education job compare?

The following states have the largest number of special education professionals:

  1. New York - 24,680 Special Education Professionals
  2. California - 17,410 Special Education Professionals
  3. Texas - 14,030 Special Education Professionals

Projected Growth

The projected growth for special education professionals is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Texas - 41%
  2. Georgia - 38%
  3. Utah - 37%


On average, special education professionals earn a salary of $51,787 per year in the US. However, the salary for special education professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact special education profession you pursue but also on factors such as professional associations and certifications, education, and your boss. Special education professionals in the US can earn anywhere from less than $16,860 per year, to more than $127,540 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for special education professionals:

  1. Alaska - $72,770 per year
  2. Connecticut - $70,020 per year
  3. New York - $66,850 per year

special education professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Montana - $37,870 per year
  2. South Dakota - $38,710 per year
  3. West Virginia - $41,100 per year

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special education?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 226,920 $55,220 6.0%