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Special Education at Ball State University

If you plan to study special education, take a look at what Ball State University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana and has a total student population of 21,597. Of the 3,683 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 2021, 59 of them were special education majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Special Education section at the bottom of this page.

Ball State Special Education Degrees Available

  • Basic Certificate in Special Ed (Less Than 1 Year)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Ed
  • Master’s Degree in Special Ed
  • Doctorate Degree in Special Ed

Online Classes Are Available at Ball State

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

Are you one of the many who prefer to take online classes? Ball State offers distance education options for special ed at the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

Ball State Special Education Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the special ed progam at Ball State compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The special ed major at Ball State is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Special Education. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools 1
Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools 95

In 2021, 1,369 students received their master’s degree in special ed from Ball State. This makes it the #2 most popular school for special ed master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 2 students who received their doctoral degrees in special ed, making the school the #36 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Special Ed Graduates from Ball State Make?

The median salary of special ed students who receive their bachelor's degree at Ball State is $40,987. This is 6% higher than $38,748, which is the national average for all special ed bachelor's degree recipients.


Special Ed Student Demographics at Ball State

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the special ed majors at Ball State University.

Ball State Special Education Bachelor’s Program

93% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 59 special ed majors earned their bachelor's degree from Ball State. Of these graduates, 7% were men and 93% were women.


About 90% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in special ed at Ball State are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's in special ed.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 53
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Ball State Special Education Master’s Program

90% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,369 students earned a master's degree in special ed from Ball State. About 90% of these graduates were women and the other 10% were men.


Of the students who received a special ed master's degree from Ball State, 70% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Ball State University with a master's in special ed.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 47
Black or African American 78
Hispanic or Latino 182
White 964
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 66

Ball State also has a doctoral program available in special ed. In 2021, 2 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Special Ed Grads May Go Into

A degree in special ed can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for IN, the home state for Ball State University.

Occupation Jobs in IN Average Salary in IN
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 3,210 $53,570
Special Education Professors 1,960 $53,450
Middle School Special Education Teachers 1,030 $50,880
Interpreters and Translators 870 $41,700
Special Education Preschool Teachers 240 $50,140


*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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