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Graduate Certificates 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

In 2018-2019, 1,224 graduate certificates were awarded to education majors. 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 Certificates

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 Certificates 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. Each year, around 11,200 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 $16,983 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at Northcentral University. 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 9,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 162 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at Azusa Pacific. 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. Each year, around 26,300 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.

The education program at University of California - Santa Barbara awarded 69 graduate certificates 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 43,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their graduate certificate in education from 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 certificates in education. Roughly 7,000 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at 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 4,000 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at 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 certificates in education. Roughly 30,400 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 certificates 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 is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 26,600 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 Cal State LA. 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 comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in education. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their graduate certificate in education from 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 22,200 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 certificates 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 certificates in education. Roughly 27,200 attend the school each year. 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.

The education program at University of Connecticut awarded 25 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

The 12th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Georgia. Roughly 38,900 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their graduate certificate in education from 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*

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Each year, around 31,700 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at Louisiana State University. 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 comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in education. Each year, around 0 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their graduate certificate in education from Penn State World Campus. 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*

The 14th most popular school in the country for education majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Roughly 25,700 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at UWM. 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 1,100 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their graduate certificate in education from Union College. 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. Each year, around 9,300 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their graduate certificate in education from 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*

University of Alabama at Birmingham is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in education. Roughly 22,000 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their graduate certificate in education from UAB. 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 certificates 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.

The education program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts awarded 19 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#20

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

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

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in education. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 graduate certificates were handed out to education majors at UW - Whitewater. 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 certificates.

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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