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Master’s Degrees in Special Education

18,013 Yearly Graduations
$47,350 Median Salary
$29,523 Median Debt
There are 635 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in special ed. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 25% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.4% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2018-2019, 18,013 earned their master's degree in special ed. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in special ed is $47,350. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $43,550 and the high is $54,325.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in special ed is $29,523. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $37,972 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,760.

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The median monthly payment of a special ed graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $344.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in special ed. About 85.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,677
Women 15,336
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Special Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 446
Black or African American 1,718
Hispanic or Latino 1,977
White 12,197
International Students 246
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,429
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Master's Degree Students

There are 635 colleges that offer a master’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
1,065 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
22% 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 master's degree. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,065 people received their master's degree in special ed from Ball State. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
1,057 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 96,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The special ed program at Grand Canyon University awarded 1,057 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Touro College

New York, New York
543 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Touro College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,240 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 543 master's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Touro. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
363 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Western Governors University. Each year, around 136,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 363 people received their master's degree in special ed from WGU. About 85% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

National University

La Jolla, California
304 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

The special ed program at National University awarded 304 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
273 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. 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.

The special ed program at George Mason University awarded 273 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Hunter College

New York, New York
268 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hunter College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 23,100 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, 268 people received their master's degree in special ed from Hunter. Of these students, 74% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
260 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 85,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 260 master's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Liberty University. About 84% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

254 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 13,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The special ed program at Arkansas State University - Main Campus awarded 254 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#10

LIU Post

Brookville, New York
236 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is LIU Post. Each year, around 15,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,482 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 236 people received their master's degree in special ed from LIU Post. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#11

Concordia College - New York

Bronxville, New York
175 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Concordia College - New York. Roughly 1,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,795 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 175 people received their master's degree in special ed from Concordia College - New York. Of these students, 95% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Ashford University

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ashford University. Each year, around 32,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

The special ed program at Ashford University awarded 168 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts
160 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is American International College. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,579 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 160 people received their master's degree in special ed from AIC. Of these students, 84% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
152 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Tech University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Roughly 38,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,744 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,958 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 master's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at Texas Tech. About 93% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
146 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brooklyn College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in special ed. Each year, around 17,800 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.

The special ed program at Brooklyn College awarded 146 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#16

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
143 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is William Carey University. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,600 per year.

The special ed program at William Carey University awarded 143 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts
142 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Endicott College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Roughly 4,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,304 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,555 per year.

The special ed program at Endicott College awarded 142 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Daemen College

Amherst, New York
142 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Daemen College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Roughly 2,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,928 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 142 people received their master's degree in special ed from Daemen College. About 95% of this group were women, and 1% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
131 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pace University - New York is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in special ed. Each year, around 13,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,714 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 people received their master's degree in special ed from Pace University. About 71% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
131 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of St Thomas Minnesota. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 master's degrees were handed out to special ed majors at UST MN. About 71% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Special Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 12,254
Other Special Education & Teaching 1,658
Early Childhood Special Education 822
Elementary Special Education 812
Secondary Special Education 426

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 27,762
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25,769
General Education 19,995
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17,465
Curriculum & Instruction 16,093

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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