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Associate’s Degrees in Special Education

408 Yearly Graduations
$28,600 Median Salary
91% Women
There are 75 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in special ed. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 54% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.2% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2018-2019, 408 earned their associate's degree in special ed. This makes it the 5th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in special ed at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 18,013
Bachelor’s Degree 8,866
Graduate Certificate 2,240
Basic Certificate 554
Associate’s Degree 408
Undergraduate Certificate 301
Doctor’s Degree 257

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in special ed is $28,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $28,600 and the high is $28,600.

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Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for special ed students who are associate's degree holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in special ed. About 90.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 37
Women 371
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Special Ed

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 161
White 162
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 35
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Associate's Degree Students

There are 75 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
52 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for special ed students seekingan associate's degree is Moorpark College. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 associate's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Moorpark College. Of these students, 94% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

37 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chemeketa Community College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. The special ed program at Chemeketa Community College awarded 37 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
35 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Southern Nevada comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 33,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at College of Southern Nevada awarded 35 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#4

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, California
29 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mt. San Jacinto College. Each year, around 15,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 associate's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at MSJC. Of these students, 90% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
22 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The special ed program at Miami Dade College awarded 22 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#5

Evergreen Valley College

San Jose, California
22 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Evergreen Valley College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. The special ed program at Evergreen Valley College awarded 22 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#7

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
15 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fullerton College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. The special ed program at Fullerton College awarded 15 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, California
14 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Los Angeles Valley College. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Los Angeles Valley College awarded 14 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 86% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Butte College

Oroville, California
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Butte College. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Butte College awarded 11 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 73% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women

City College of San Francisco comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 24,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at City College of San Francisco awarded 11 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#9

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women

The 9th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is St Petersburg College. Roughly 28,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their associate's degree in special ed from SPC.

#9

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, California
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in special ed. Roughly 19,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their associate's degree in special ed from SWC Chula Vista. Of these students, 91% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Community College of Rhode Island

Warwick, Rhode Island
10 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Rhode Island is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. Each year, around 14,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Community College of Rhode Island awarded 10 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#14

Oxnard College

Oxnard, California
7 Yearly Graduations
86% Women

Oxnard College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 associate's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Oxnard College. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#15

Riverside City College

Riverside, California
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Riverside City College. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 associate's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Riverside City College. Of these students, 100% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Nashua Community College

Nashua, New Hampshire
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Nashua Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their associate's degree in special ed from Nashua Community College.

#15

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Diablo Valley College. Roughly 19,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 associate's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Diablo Valley. Of these students, 50% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Mesabi Range College

Virginia, Minnesota
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 15th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mesabi Range College. The special ed program at Mesabi Range College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#15

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, California
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Desert is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. Each year, around 11,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their associate's degree in special ed from College of the Desert. Of these students, 83% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Eastern Gateway Community College

Steubenville, Ohio
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Gateway Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in special ed. The special ed program at Eastern Gateway Community College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Early Childhood Special Education 239
General Special Education 74
Teaching for the Deaf 50
Teaching for Speech Impaired 43
Teaching for Multiple Disabilities 1

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11,963
General Education 2,187
Teacher Education Subject Specific 899
Teaching Assistant/Aide 835
Instructional Media Design 82

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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