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2022 Best Special Education Schools in Alabama

12 Colleges
$41,367 Avg Salary
$32,672 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Special Education School for You

Special Education is one of the most popular subjects to study in Alabama. With 481 degrees and certificates handed out in <nil>, it ranked 4th out of all the majors we track in the state.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which teaching program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Teaching Degree Search has created its Best Special Education Schools in Alabama ranking. This report analyzed 12 schools in Alabama to see which ones offered the best programs for teaching students.

View our full ranking methodology.

2022 Best Special Education Schools in Alabama

The colleges and universities below are the best for special ed majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Special Education Schools

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Our 2022 rankings named Auburn University the best school in Alabama for special education students. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a very large student population.

Special Ed majors at Auburn take out an average of $32,496 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $363.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The excellent programs at The University of Alabama helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best special education schools in Alabama. UA is a very large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa.

Special Ed majors at UA take out an average of $26,244 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $290, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Samford University is a great place for special education students. Samford is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Birmingham.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Athens State University. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Best Special Education Schools in Alabama list. Located in the fringe town of Athens, Athens State University is a public school with a small student population.

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#5

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of West Alabama. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Special Education Schools in Alabama list. University of West Alabama is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Livingston.

After completing their degree, special ed graduates from University of West Alabama carry an average student debtload of $34,166. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $398.

Full Special Education at University of West Alabama Report

With a ranking of #6, University of Alabama at Birmingham did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students. Located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham, UAB is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, special ed graduates from UAB take out $28,218 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $329.

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University of North Alabama landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best special education programs. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Florence.

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Auburn University at Montgomery came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Schools in Alabama ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Montgomery, AUM is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, special ed majors at AUM accumulate an average of around $43,052 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $502.

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#9

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Jacksonville State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Schools in Alabama ranking. Located in the small suburb of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Special Ed majors at Jacksonville State University take out an average of $38,456 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $448.

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Alabama A & M University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Schools in Alabama ranking. AAMU is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Normal.

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Best Special Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Special Education Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 888
Georgia 491
Tennessee 356
North Carolina 361
Kentucky 582
Virginia 1,103
Arkansas 416
West Virginia 84
South Carolina 249
Mississippi 301
Louisiana 102

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, special education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Special Education 22,244
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 2,473
Other Special Education & Teaching 2,333
Elementary Special Education 1,422
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 1,037
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 530
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 510
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 494
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 491
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 440
Education of the Deaf 392
Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed 211
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 166
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities 164
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 153
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs 102
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic & Other Physical Health Impairments 82
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries 5

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 102,079
Educational Administration 45,664
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42,436
General Education 29,936
Curriculum & Instruction 18,195

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 12 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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