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Doctor’s Degrees in Special Education

278 Yearly Graduations
$62,300 Median Salary
82% Women
There are 74 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in special ed. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 18% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 19.1% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2019-2020, 278 earned their doctor's degree in special ed. This makes it the 8th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in special ed is $62,300. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $62,300 and the high is $62,300.


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 doctor's degree in special ed. About 82.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 50
Women 228

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 160
International Students 53
Other Races/Ethnicities 22

There are 74 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 234
Other Special Education & Teaching 13
Teaching for Physical Impaired 10
Teaching for Emotional Disturbances 9
Teaching for the Deaf 8

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 6,974
General Education 2,292
Curriculum & Instruction 1,471
Teacher Education Subject Specific 550
Teacher Education Grade Specific 400


*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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