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Undergraduate Certificates in Special Education

225 Yearly Graduations
$29,426 Median Debt
92% Women
This degree is more popular with female students, and about 40% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.4% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2020-2021, 225 earned their undergraduate certificate in special ed. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in special ed at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 21,797
Bachelor’s Degree 9,368
Graduate Certificate 3,157
Associate Degree 1,328
Basic Certificate 713
Undergraduate Certificate 225
Doctor’s Degree 204

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in special ed is $29,426. 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, $30,638 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $28,213.


Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in special ed. About 92.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 18
Women 207

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 44
White 125
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 31

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teaching for the Deaf 87
General Special Education 49
Early Childhood Special Education 46
Teaching for Speech Impaired 16
Teaching for Autism 15

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,759
Teaching Assistant/Aide 826
General Education 193
Teacher Education Subject Specific 171
Instructional Media Design 40


*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.

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