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Graduate Certificate in General Education

1,224 Yearly Graduations
$42,000 Median Salary
$32,886 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in education is offered at 128 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 33% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.2% of education graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Education Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,224 students earned their graduate certificate in education. This earns it the #12 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate programs in the nation.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 19,995
Bachelor’s Degree 4,523
Doctor’s Degree 2,518
Associate’s Degree 2,187
Graduate Certificate 1,224
Basic Certificate 507
Undergraduate Certificate 112

Earnings of Education Majors With Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in education is $42,000. 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.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $38,950 and the high is $42,650.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in education is $32,886. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

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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The median monthly payment of a education graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $383.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in education. About 75.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 301
Women 923
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 49
Black or African American 204
Hispanic or Latino 119
White 619
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 206
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Graduate Certificate Students

There are 128 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in education. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Roughly 10,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,983 per year.

The education program at Northcentral University awarded 168 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#2

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
162 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 9,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

The education program at Azusa Pacific University awarded 162 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
69 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Barbara is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 25,000 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.

The education program at University of California - Santa Barbara awarded 69 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 74% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
56 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of California - Berkeley. Each year, around 41,800 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 2018-2019 academic year, 56 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at UC Berkeley. About 73% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi
48 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jackson State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,270 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,270 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 people received their graduate certificate in education from Jackson State. About 94% of this group were women, and 85% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
46 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Bethel University Minnesota. Roughly 3,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,700 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 people received their graduate certificate in education from Bethel University Minnesota. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#7

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
38 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auburn University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,828 per year.

The education program at Auburn University awarded 38 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#8

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
36 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 28,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their graduate certificate in education from California State University - Los Angeles. Of these students, 64% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
33 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Walden University. About 82% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
28 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi State University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 21,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,800 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Mississippi State. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#11

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
25 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Connecticut comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 27,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,798 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at UCONN. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#12

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
24 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 37,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at UGA. About 83% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

23 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Each year, around 30,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The education program at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College awarded 23 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
22 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

The education program at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus awarded 22 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
22 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 24,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,091 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,543 per year.

The education program at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee awarded 22 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Union College Kentucky

Barbourville, Kentucky
22 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Union College Kentucky. Roughly 1,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,330 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Union College Kentucky. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#17

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
21 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Mesa University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 9,500 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 graduate certificate were handed out to education majors at Colorado Mesa. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#18

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Alabama at Birmingham. Each year, around 20,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 20 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, Massachusetts
19 Yearly Graduations
58% Women

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in education. Roughly 1,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $1,030 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,420 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their graduate certificate in education from MCLA.

#20

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin
18 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Roughly 12,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,519 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,108 per year.

The education program at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater awarded 18 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 9,171
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,548
Special Education 2,240
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,112
Curriculum & Instruction 1,230

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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