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Basic Certificates in Special Education

713 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This degree is more popular with female students, and about 53% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.8% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 713 students earned their basic certificate in special ed. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in special ed at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 21,797
Bachelor’s Degree 9,368
Graduate Certificate 3,157
Associate Degree 1,328
Basic Certificate 713
Undergraduate Certificate 225
Doctor’s Degree 204

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 86.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 94
Women 619

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 65
Hispanic or Latino 238
White 302
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 53

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 298
Early Childhood Special Education 207
Teaching for Autism 65
Teaching for Emotional Disturbances 56
Teaching for the Deaf 48

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6,431
Teaching Assistant/Aide 1,032
General Education 739
Teacher Education Subject Specific 607
Other Education 607


*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.

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