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Graduate Certificates in Special Education

2,240 Yearly Graduations
$50,100 Median Salary
$28,986 Median Debt
There are 273 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in special ed. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 20% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.9% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,240 graduate certificates were awarded to special ed majors. 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 18,013
Bachelor’s Degree 8,866
Graduate Certificate 2,240
Basic Certificate 554
Associate’s Degree 408
Undergraduate Certificate 301
Doctor’s Degree 257

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in special ed is $50,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

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.

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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.

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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 88.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 254
Women 1,986
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Special Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 157
Hispanic or Latino 178
White 1,668
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 148
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Graduate Certificate Students

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

#1

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
276 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ball State University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,358 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,850 per year.

The special ed program at Ball State University awarded 276 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 94% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
116 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 116 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at GMU. About 88% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
90 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at USC. About 82% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
57 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Liberty University. Of these students, 95% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
50 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Penn State World Campus. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#6

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota
43 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia University, Saint Paul is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 5,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,550 per year.

The special ed program at Concordia University, Saint Paul awarded 43 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 84% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
43 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Cloud State University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 13,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,394 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,460 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from St. Cloud State University. About 88% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
41 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Boston comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,187 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,433 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at UMass Boston. About 83% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Hunter College

New York, New York
41 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hunter College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 23,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Hunter. About 88% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

38 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,986 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from A-State. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#11

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia
36 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of West Georgia comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 13,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,338 per year.

The special ed program at University of West Georgia awarded 36 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

35 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at University of Oklahoma. Of these students, 97% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Illinois State University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 20,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,547 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Illinois State. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#14

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Northern Arizona University. Each year, around 30,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from NAU. Of these students, 87% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Adelphi University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 7,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,470 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $41,920 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Adelphi. Of these students, 87% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

28 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

The special ed program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 28 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#16

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
28 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kansas is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 27,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,092 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,989 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from KU. About 89% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
26 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of West Alabama comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 5,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,678 per year.

The special ed program at University of West Alabama awarded 26 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women

Hamline University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 3,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,734 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,596 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Hamline.

#20

Lehman College

Bronx, New York
25 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lehman College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 15,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Lehman. About 68% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 1,007
Teaching for Autism 458
Teaching for Gifted & Talented 188
Other Special Education & Teaching 143
Teaching for Learning Disabilities 80

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 9,171
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,548
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,112
Curriculum & Instruction 1,230
General Education 1,224

References

*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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