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Special Education Schools in Illinois

In 2018-2019, 942 students earned their Special Ed degrees in IL.

As a degree choice, Special Education is the 5th most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in Illinois

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 455
Master’s Degree 422
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 51
Post-Master’s Certificate 51
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 14
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 14
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 14

Gender Distribution

In Illinois, a special ed major is more popular with women than with men.

Special Education Majors in IL Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 1.8%
  • Black or African American: 5.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.4%
  • White: 78.8%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.8%
  • Other Races: 5.0%
Special Education Majors in IL Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Special Education Grads in Illinois

25,340 people in the state and 532,840 in the nation are employed in jobs related to special ed.

Special Education Jobs Nationwide vs. IL

Wages for Special Education Jobs in Illinois

Special Ed grads earn an average of $57,280 in the state and $62,500 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 40 colleges in Illinois that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

214 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
20,878 Total Students

The student loan default rate is 3.90% which is lower than average. Most students complete their degree in 4.39 years. The full-time teacher rate is 77%.

92 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
16,609 Total Students

A typical student attending NIU will pay a net price of $23,140. Graduates earn an average $36,800 after graduation. Of all the students who attend this school, 95% get financial aid.

65 Degrees in Major Awarded
7,005 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. In their early career, NLU grads earn an average salary of $38,200. The student loan default rate of 6.60% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments.

#4

Lewis University

Romeoville
54 Degrees in Major Awarded
66% Graduation Rate
6,359 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $40,700 after earning their degree at this institution. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. The student loan default rate is 3.80% which is lower than average.

50 Degrees in Major Awarded
22% Graduation Rate
7,423 Total Students

The full-time teacher rate is 56%. Most students complete their degree in 5.25 years. This public school has an average net price of $19,287.

47 Degrees in Major Awarded
85% Graduation Rate
51,605 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 62% of students receive it. 75% of the teachers are full time. In their early career, UIUC grads earn an average salary of $47,100.

45 Degrees in Major Awarded
60% Graduation Rate
32,324 Total Students

The average student takes 4.55 years to complete their degree at UIC. The student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Of all the students who attend this school, 82% get financial aid.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago
39 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
22,064 Total Students

The average student takes 4.22 years to complete their degree at DePaul. The student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 4.10%.

37 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
6,205 Total Students

An average student at Concordia University, Chicago will pay a net price of $16,403. In their early career, Concordia University, Chicago grads earn an average salary of $35,900. The student loan default rate of 4.60% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments.

#10

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights
33 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
1,068 Total Students

Most students complete their degree in 4.24 years. 97% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. 50% of the teachers are full time.

Special Education Careers in IL

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title IL Job Growth IL Median Salary
Interpreters and Translators 10% $43,100
Special Education Teachers 5% $49,880
Special Education Professors 4% $64,850
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 3% $60,650
Special Education Preschool Teachers 3% $56,600
Middle School Special Education Teachers 3% $60,140

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

Major Annual Graduates in IL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,855
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,888
Educational Administration 1,753
Curriculum & Instruction 1,057
General Education 386
Student Counseling 328
Instructional Media Design 243
Teaching English or French 234

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View Nationwide Special Education Report

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