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Graduate Certificate in General Education

1,164 Yearly Graduations
$42,000 Median Salary
$32,886 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in education is offered at 123 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 34% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.1% of education graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Education Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,164 students earned their graduate certificate in education. This makes it the 11th most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in education at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 20,368
Bachelor’s Degree 4,243
Doctor’s Degree 2,601
Associate’s Degree 2,089
Graduate Certificate 1,164
Basic Certificate 682
Undergraduate Certificate 338

Earnings of Education Majors With Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in education is $42,000. 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 $38,950 to a high of $42,650.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in education is $32,886. 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, $47,352 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,436.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $383.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in education. About 75.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 290
Women 874
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in Education

The racial-ethnic distribution of education graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 34
Black or African American 252
Hispanic or Latino 78
White 643
International Students 25
Other Races/Ethnicities 132
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Graduate Certificate Students

There are 123 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in education. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
169 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for education students seekinga graduate certificate is Northcentral University. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,864 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 169 people received their graduate certificate in education from Northcentral University. About 73% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
94 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nova Southeastern University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 20,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,940 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,131 per year.

The education program at Nova Southeastern University awarded 94 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
74 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 74 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at UCSB. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#4

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
68 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 41,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at UC Berkeley. About 72% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
48 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Walden University. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 48 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Walden University. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#6

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
41 Yearly Graduations
78% Women

Purdue University - Main Campus is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 42,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

The education program at Purdue University - Main Campus awarded 41 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year.

#7

Union College Kentucky

Barbourville, Kentucky
34 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Union College Kentucky. Each year, around 1,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,570 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,600 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 34 people received their graduate certificate in education from Union College Kentucky. Of these students, 76% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
31 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Azusa Pacific University. Each year, around 9,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,112 per year.

The education program at Azusa Pacific University awarded 31 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 84% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi
31 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jackson State University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,876 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,876 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 31 people received their graduate certificate in education from Jackson State. Around 94% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#10

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
30 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bethel University Minnesota is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,140 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,700 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 30 people received their graduate certificate in education from Bethel University Minnesota. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#11

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
29 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jacksonville State University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,168 per year.

The education program at Jacksonville State University awarded 29 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 72% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
29 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auburn University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,630 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 29 people received their graduate certificate in education from Auburn. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#13

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
25 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Mesa University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 9,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,787 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

The education program at Colorado Mesa University awarded 25 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
24 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Alabama. Roughly 7,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,310 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,868 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 24 people received their graduate certificate in education from UNA. Of these students, 83% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
24 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Memphis. Roughly 21,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,054 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 24 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at U of Memphis. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

23 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Roughly 30,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,132 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 23 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Louisiana State University. About 78% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,130 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,846 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 22 people received their graduate certificate in education from Pitt. About 68% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 21,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,540 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 20 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Mississippi State. Of these students, 65% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
19 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Alabama at Birmingham is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 20,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,100 per year.

The education program at University of Alabama at Birmingham awarded 19 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

17 Yearly Graduations
53% Women

The 20th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Minnesota State University - Mankato. Roughly 14,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,179 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,404 per year.

The education program at Minnesota State University - Mankato awarded 17 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to education that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 9,656
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,412
Special Education 2,334
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,187
Student Counseling 1,267

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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