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Undergraduate Certificates in Special Education

263 Yearly Graduations
$22,900 Median Salary
$25,500 Median Debt
There are 49 schools in the United States where you can get your undergraduate certificate in special ed. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 36% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.4% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 263 students earned their undergraduate certificate in special ed. This earns it the #3 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate 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 19,550
Bachelor’s Degree 9,071
Graduate Certificate 2,832
Associate Degree 692
Basic Certificate 563
Doctor’s Degree 278
Undergraduate Certificate 263

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in special ed is $22,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $22,900 to a high of $22,900.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in special ed is $25,500. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $25,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $25,500.


The median monthly payment of a special ed graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $265.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in special ed. About 87.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 33
Women 230

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 50
White 158
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

There are 49 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teaching for the Deaf 106
Early Childhood Special Education 48
General Special Education 46
Other Special Education & Teaching 37
Teaching for Speech Impaired 15

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer undergraduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,594
Teaching Assistant/Aide 534
Teacher Education Subject Specific 400
General Education 218
Instructional Media Design 47


*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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