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Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education

8,866 Yearly Graduations
$36,400 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
There are 539 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in special ed. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 16% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.4% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8,866 students earned their bachelor's degree in special ed. This earns it the #55 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree 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 Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in special ed is $36,400. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $32,875 to a high of $39,025.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in special ed is $26,000. 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, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,488.

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The median monthly payment of a special ed graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $270.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in special ed. About 89.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 938
Women 7,928
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Special Ed

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 97
Black or African American 317
Hispanic or Latino 785
White 7,146
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 489
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 539 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
645 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 645 people received their bachelor's degree in special ed from WGU. Of these students, 89% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
341 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The special ed program at Grand Canyon University awarded 341 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

210 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 17,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,278 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 210 people received their bachelor's degree in special ed from BGSU. Of these students, 94% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
180 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utah State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,549 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,996 per year.

The special ed program at Utah State University awarded 180 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
152 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Illinois State University. Roughly 20,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,547 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Illinois State. Of these students, 93% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

St. Joseph's College-Long Island

Patchogue, New York
145 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St. Joseph's College-Long Island comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 3,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,590 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at St. Joseph's College-Long Island. Of these students, 91% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
137 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Chester University of Pennsylvania comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 17,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at WCUPA. Of these students, 98% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
132 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 132 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Liberty University. About 87% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
110 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 31,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

The special ed program at Northern Arizona University awarded 110 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#10

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
106 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Towson University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,962 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,902 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Towson. Of these students, 90% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

99 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Akron Main Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 20,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,306 per year.

The special ed program at University of Akron Main Campus awarded 99 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#12

Kean University

Union, New Jersey
96 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kean University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,935 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,326 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 96 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Kean. Of these students, 91% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
93 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Roughly 8,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The special ed program at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania awarded 93 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
81 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Western Washington University. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,215 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,806 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 81 people received their bachelor's degree in special ed from WWU. Of these students, 88% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
71 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 13,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,793 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at UW Oshkosh. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#16

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
70 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Auburn University. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Auburn. Of these students, 96% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
68 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 9,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Bloomsburg. About 97% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
67 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Roughly 8,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 67 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Kutztown University. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#19

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
63 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ball State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,358 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,850 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 63 bachelor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Ball State. Of these students, 95% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
62 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in special ed. Roughly 10,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,361 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,027 per year.

The special ed program at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire awarded 62 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 90% of this group were women, and 2% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer bachelor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50,540
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21,322
General Education 4,523
Other Education 1,730
Educational Administration 573

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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