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Basic Certificates in Special Education

554 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in special ed is offered at 81 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 59% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.0% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 554 students earned their basic certificate in special ed. This earns it the #3 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate programs in the nation.

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 Basic Certificates

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for special ed majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for special ed students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in special ed. About 90.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 52
Women 502
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Special Ed

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 27
Hispanic or Latino 230
White 186
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 44
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Basic Certificate Students

There are 81 colleges that offer a basic certificate in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
121 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Each year, around 36,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their basic certificate in special ed from East Los Angeles College. About 94% of this group were women, and 96% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Alliant International University

San Diego, California
95 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Alliant International University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. Each year, around 3,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,347 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,255 per year.

The special ed program at Alliant International University awarded 95 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
73 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

City College of San Francisco is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in special ed. Each year, around 24,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at City College of San Francisco. About 96% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, California
36 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate 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 36 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Santa Ana College. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Santa Ana College awarded 26 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 92% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Piedmont Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in special ed. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their basic certificate in special ed from Central Piedmont Community College. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

18 Yearly Graduations
83% Women

The 7th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Bowling Green State University - Main Campus. Roughly 17,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,278 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

The special ed program at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus awarded 18 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#8

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
15 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,950 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,780 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their basic certificate in special ed from SMWC. About 80% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
13 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Roughly 25,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,091 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,543 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at UWM. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#10

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California
12 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles City College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in special ed. Each year, around 14,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Los Angeles City College. About 83% of this group were women, and 83% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Viterbo University

La Crosse, Wisconsin
8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women

The 11th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Viterbo University. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $27,960 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,864 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Viterbo.

#12

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boise State University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,532 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,110 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Boise State. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#12

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
7 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Diablo Valley College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. Roughly 19,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their basic certificate in special ed from Diablo Valley. About 86% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

NHTI-Concord's Community College

Concord, New Hampshire
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

NHTI-Concord's Community College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. The special ed program at NHTI-Concord's Community College awarded 7 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#12

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Ball State University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,358 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,850 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their basic certificate in special ed from Ball State.

#16

Modesto Junior College

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

Modesto Junior College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in special ed. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at MJC. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#16

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Long Beach City College. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their basic certificate in special ed from Long Beach City College. About 83% of this group were women, and 83% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Greensboro College

Greensboro, North Carolina
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Greensboro College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in special ed. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,220 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their basic certificate in special ed from Greensboro College.

#16

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, California
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Mount Saint Mary's University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,592 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,964 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 basic certificates were handed out to special ed majors at MSMU. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#20

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, Maryland
5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Anne Arundel Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in special ed. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their basic certificate in special ed from AACC. Of these students, 100% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Early Childhood Special Education 296
General Special Education 164
Teaching for Autism 57
Secondary Special Education 18
Other Special Education & Teaching 9

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5,914
Other Education 640
Teaching English or French 544
Teacher Education Subject Specific 526
General Education 507

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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