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2022 Best Special Education Schools in Virginia

15 Colleges
$45,470 Avg Salary
$29,400 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Special Education School for You

Special Education is one of the most popular subjects to study in Virginia. With 1,103 degrees and certificates handed out in <nil>, it ranked 5th out of all the majors we track in the state.

It's not easy to decide which teaching program to enroll in when you have so many options available. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

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 Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 15 schools in Virginia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for teaching students.

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2022 Best Special Education Schools in Virginia

Check out the special ed programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Special Education Schools

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our analysis found George Mason University to be the best school for special education students who want to pursue a degree in Virginia. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

The excellent programs at James Madison University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best special education schools in Virginia. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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#3

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Out of the 15 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, William & Mary landed the # 3 spot on the list. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg.

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#4

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Marymount University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Special Education Schools in Virginia list. Marymount is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Arlington.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies is a great place for special education students. Located in the distant town of Danville, Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#6

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Shenandoah University landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best special education programs. Shenandoah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Winchester.

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#7

Radford University

Radford, VA

Radford University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Special Education Schools in Virginia list. Radford is a large public school located in the suburb of Radford.

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Virginia Commonwealth University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Schools in Virginia ranking. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Richmond.

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#9

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University landed the #9 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best special education programs. Old Dominion is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk.

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#10

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA

University of Lynchburg ranked #10 on this year’s Best Special Education Schools in Virginia list. Lynchburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

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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
Georgia 491
Tennessee 356
Florida 888
North Carolina 361
Kentucky 582
Arkansas 416
West Virginia 84
South Carolina 249
Alabama 481
Mississippi 301
Louisiana 102

Special Education is one of 14 different types of teaching programs to choose from.

Special Ed Concentrations

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

Majors Similar to Special Ed

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 15 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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