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Special Education Schools in Rhode Island

142 Special Ed students earned their degrees in the state in 2020-2021.

As a degree choice, Special Education is the 3rd most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in Rhode Island

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 85
Master’s Degree 49
Associate Degree 7
Post-Master’s Certificate 1
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 1

Gender Distribution

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


Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 0.0%
  • Black or African American: 2.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 4.9%
  • White: 85.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.7%
  • Other Races: 6.3%

Jobs for Special Education Grads in Rhode Island

In this state, there are 1,870 people employed in jobs related to a special ed degree, compared to 532,840 nationwide.


Wages for Special Education Jobs in Rhode Island

Special Ed grads earn an average of $70,720 in the state and $62,500 nationwide.


There are 5 colleges in Rhode Island that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 5 below:


Rhode Island College

58 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
7,072 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $40,888 after earning their degree at this institution. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 100% are considered full time. The average student takes 4.70 years to complete their degree at RIC.


Providence College

43 Degrees in Major Awarded
86% Graduation Rate
4,821 Total Students

This private school has an average net price of $38,338. The 1.80% student loan default rate is lower than average. Of all the students who attend this school, 76% get financial aid.

19 Degrees in Major Awarded
72% Graduation Rate
2,771 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 100% get financial aid. 13 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. The full-time teacher rate is 94%.

15 Degrees in Major Awarded
70% Graduation Rate
4,702 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 3.70% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. This private school has an average net price of $36,054. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

7 Degrees in Major Awarded
13,684 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 100% are considered full time. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $32,333 a year. Of all the students who attend this school, 97% get financial aid.

Special Education Careers in RI

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title RI Job Growth RI Median Salary
Interpreters and Translators 7% $42,840
Special Education Teachers 5% $79,300
Middle School Special Education Teachers 3% $71,310
Special Education Professors 3% $75,350
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 2% $72,950

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

Major Annual Graduates in RI
Teacher Education Grade Specific 332
Teacher Education Subject Specific 162
Educational Administration 114
General Education 64
Teaching English or French 45
Other Education 34
Student Counseling 22
Multilingual Education 11

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