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Special Education Schools in California

1,979 Special Ed students earned their degrees in the state in 2018-2019.

In terms of popularity, Special Education is the 4th most popular major in the state out of a total 14 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in California

Special Ed majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,120
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 408
Associate’s Degree 226
Post-Master’s Certificate 152
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 152
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 58
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 58
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 8
Bachelor’s Degree 7

Gender Distribution

In California, a special ed major is more popular with women than with men.

Special Education Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of special ed majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 8.4%
  • Black or African American: 9.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 37.3%
  • White: 34.0%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.3%
  • Other Races: 10.0%
Special Education Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Special Education Grads in California

In this state, there are 44,190 people employed in jobs related to a special ed degree, compared to 532,840 nationwide.

Special Education Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Special Education Jobs in California

In this state, special ed grads earn an average of $66,640. Nationwide, they make an average of $62,500.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 96 colleges in California that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

314 Degrees in Major Awarded
30% Graduation Rate
16,670 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. The average student takes 4.90 years to complete their degree at National University. In their early career, National University grads earn an average salary of $48,900.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego
168 Degrees in Major Awarded
14% Graduation Rate
32,620 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 8% are considered full time. Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $18,907.

165 Degrees in Major Awarded
3,536 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 3.00% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. Graduates earn an average $59,600 after graduation. 83% of the teachers are full time.

#4

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park
121 Degrees in Major Awarded
36,885 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 71% get financial aid. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $23,800 after earning their degree at this institution. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 33% are considered full time.

90 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
48,321 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $53,800 after earning their degree at this institution. This private institution charges an average net price of $30,453. 69% of students get financical aid.

84 Degrees in Major Awarded
24,441 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 51% of students receive it. 24 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. Graduates earn an average $26,800 after graduation.

83 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
29,032 Total Students

50% of the teachers are full time. The student loan default rate is 5.30% which is lower than average. Graduates earn an average $38,000 after graduation.

57 Degrees in Major Awarded
45% Graduation Rate
26,671 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $33,700 after earning their degree at this institution. 25 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. 94% of students get financical aid.

53 Degrees in Major Awarded
10,231 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $41,500 after earning their degree at this institution. 80% of students get financical aid. The 5.20% student loan default rate is lower than average.

#10

Moorpark College

Moorpark
52 Degrees in Major Awarded
14,275 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 34% are considered full time. This public school has an average net price of $1,272. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 33 to 1.

Special Education Careers in CA

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Interpreters and Translators 20% $55,010
Special Education Preschool Teachers 12% $43,270
Middle School Special Education Teachers 7% $74,810
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 7% $78,850
Special Education Teachers 7% $62,690
Special Education Professors 7% $83,650

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to special ed.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
General Education 8,469
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6,554
Educational Administration 2,500
Student Counseling 1,673
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,283
Teaching English or French 551
Instructional Media Design 494
Other Education 446

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