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Associate Degrees in Special Education

692 Yearly Graduations
$28,600 Median Salary
93% Women
There are 75 schools in the United States where you can get your associate degree in special ed. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 67% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.7% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2019-2020, 692 associate degrees were awarded to special ed majors. This makes it the 5th most popular associate 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 19,550
Bachelor’s Degree 9,071
Graduate Certificate 2,832
Associate Degree 692
Basic Certificate 563
Doctor’s Degree 278
Undergraduate Certificate 263

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in special ed is $28,600. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have. 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.


Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for special ed majors who have their associate degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in special ed. About 93.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 45
Women 647

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 21
Hispanic or Latino 352
White 199
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 42

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

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Early Childhood Special Education 571
General Special Education 69
Teaching for the Deaf 33
Teaching for Speech Impaired 17
Other Special Education & Teaching 2

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11,610
General Education 2,147
Teacher Education Subject Specific 922
Teaching Assistant/Aide 835
Instructional Media Design 81


*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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