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Undergraduate Certificates in Special Education

301 Yearly Graduations
$22,900 Median Salary
$25,500 Median Debt
There are 49 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 44% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.7% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 301 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 18,013
Bachelor’s Degree 8,866
Graduate Certificate 2,240
Basic Certificate 554
Associate’s Degree 408
Undergraduate Certificate 301
Doctor’s Degree 257

Earnings of Special Ed Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in special ed is $22,900. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

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.

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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.

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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 84.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 48
Women 253
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Special Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 83
White 156
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 34
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Undergraduate Certificate Students

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

68 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for special ed students seekingan undergraduate certificate is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

The special ed program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 68 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
37 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 23,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from CNM. Of these students, 76% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Hawaii at Manoa is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,304 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,912 per year.

The special ed program at University of Hawaii at Manoa awarded 30 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona
24 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Pima Community College. Each year, around 19,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Pima County Community College District. Of these students, 88% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe, New Mexico
23 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Fe Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. The special ed program at Santa Fe Community College awarded 23 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Miami Dade College awarded 22 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, Hawaii
14 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Leeward Community College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Leeward CC. Of these students, 71% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

10 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Miami University - Oxford. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,677 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from Miami University - Oxford. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#9

Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California
9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women

Imperial Valley College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The special ed program at Imperial Valley College awarded 9 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#9

Fresno City College

Fresno, California
9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women

Fresno City College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 24,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from Fresno City College. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#11

Norco College

Norco, California
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Norco College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 11,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Norco College. Of these students, 71% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Riverside City College

Riverside, California
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Riverside City College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. The special ed program at Riverside City College awarded 7 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Chemeketa Community College

Salem, Oregon
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Chemeketa Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. The special ed program at Chemeketa Community College awarded 6 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#13

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Monica College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 27,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at SMC. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#15

Chabot College

Hayward, California
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Chabot College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from Chabot College. About 100% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at NWTC. About 100% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Redlands

Redlands, California
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Redlands comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,020 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at University of Redlands. About 75% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino, California
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

San Bernardino Valley College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from San Bernardino Valley College. About 75% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, California
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt. San Jacinto College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 undergraduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at MSJC. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#20

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Southeast Missouri State University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in special ed. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,606 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,242 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their undergraduate certificate in special ed from Southeast Missouri State University.

Special Ed Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Special Education 119
Teaching for the Deaf 90
Early Childhood Special Education 50
Other Special Education & Teaching 20
Teaching for Autism 16

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,893
Teacher Education Subject Specific 622
Teaching Assistant/Aide 354
General Education 112
Teaching English or French 83

References

*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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