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Graduate Certificates in Special Education

2,832 Yearly Graduations
$50,100 Median Salary
$28,986 Median Debt
There are 273 schools in the United States where you can get your graduate certificate in special ed. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 24% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.8% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2019-2020, 2,832 earned their graduate certificate in special ed. This makes it the 3rd most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in special ed is $50,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $44,875 to a high of $53,275.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in special ed is $28,986. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $29,986 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $23,020.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $338.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in special ed. About 89.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 285
Women 2,547

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 94
Black or African American 250
Hispanic or Latino 261
White 1,998
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 205

There are 273 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 1,375
Teaching for Autism 546
Teaching for Gifted & Talented 203
Other Special Education & Teaching 179
Teaching for Learning Disabilities 98

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 9,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4,010
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,939
Curriculum & Instruction 1,407
General Education 1,211


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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