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Special Education Schools in District of Columbia

In 2020-2021, 101 students earned their Special Ed degrees in DC.

In this state, Special Education is the 3rd most popular major out of a total 13 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in District of Columbia

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 80
Post-Master’s Certificate 13
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 13
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 8

Gender Distribution

In District of Columbia, a special ed major is more popular with women than with men.


Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 5.0%
  • Black or African American: 22.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 6.9%
  • White: 56.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.0%
  • Other Races: 6.9%

Jobs for Special Education Grads in District of Columbia

1,960 people in the state and 532,840 in the nation are employed in jobs related to special ed.


Wages for Special Education Jobs in District of Columbia

Special Ed grads earn an average of $73,240 in the state and $62,500 nationwide.


There are 5 colleges in District of Columbia that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 5 below:

62 Degrees in Major Awarded
82% Graduation Rate
27,017 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 1.30% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. 72% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. The full-time teacher rate is 53%.


Gallaudet University

19 Degrees in Major Awarded
47% Graduation Rate
1,451 Total Students

75% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1. Most students complete their degree in 4.58 years.


American University

11 Degrees in Major Awarded
80% Graduation Rate
14,001 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $55,945 after earning their degree at this institution. An average student at The American University will pay a net price of $40,088. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 1.70%.

6 Degrees in Major Awarded
28% Graduation Rate
1,846 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 100% of students receive it. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $38,007 after earning their degree at this institution. It takes the average student 4.76 years to graduate.


Howard University

3 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
10,859 Total Students

The 6.00% student loan default rate is lower than average. In their early career, Howard grads earn an average salary of $43,792. Most students complete their degree in 4.23 years.

Special Education Careers in DC

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title DC Job Growth DC Median Salary
Middle School Special Education Teachers 19% $0
Special Education Professors 16% $71,550
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 16% $78,050
Special Education Teachers 14% $62,390
Interpreters and Translators 12% $98,850

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

Major Annual Graduates in DC
Educational Administration 355
Teacher Education Grade Specific 139
General Education 79
Teaching English or French 46
International Education 45
Student Counseling 43
Other Education 33
Curriculum & Instruction 30

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