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Basic Certificates in Special Education

563 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in special ed is offered at 81 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 52% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.0% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2019-2020, 563 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 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 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 estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in special ed. About 87.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 71
Women 492

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 203
White 239
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

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

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Early Childhood Special Education 222
General Special Education 220
Teaching for Autism 49
Teaching for the Deaf 32
Secondary Special Education 25

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6,106
Teaching English or French 632
Teacher Education Subject Specific 568
General Education 477
Other Education 469


*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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