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Elementary Special Education

455 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
812 Master's Degrees Annually
#23 in Popularity
$63,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Elementary Special Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many elementary special education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 812
Bachelor’s Degree 455
Graduate Certificate 46

What Elementary Special Education Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to elementary special ed were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Elementary Special Ed Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in elementary special ed should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Elementary Special Ed Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to elementary special ed:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Elementary Special Ed Majors

As you progress with your elementary special ed degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Elementary Special Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with elementary special ed:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 7.4% $59,390

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Special Education?

455 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 92% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of elementary special ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Elementary Special Ed Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 34
White 379
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Elementary Special Ed appeals to people across the globe. About 0.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Elementary Special Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to elementary special ed is $63,110. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with elementary special ed require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to elementary special ed have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 1.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 65.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.2%
Master’s Degree 21.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 6.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 5.2%

Online Elementary Special Education Programs

In 2018-2019, 67 schools offered a elementary special ed program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 8 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 39 11
Post-Master’s 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Elementary Special Education Worth It?

The median salary for a elementary special ed grad is $63,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $464,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to elementary special ed.

Major Number of Grads
General Special Education 20,414
Other Special Education & Teaching 2,242
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 2,193
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 924
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 532
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 500
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 476
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 458
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 434
Education of the Deaf 358
Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed 240
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 160
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 152
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 115
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic & Other Physical Health Impairments 63
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs 56
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries 9

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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