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Special Education Schools in California

In 2018-2019, 1,979 students earned their Special Ed degrees in CA.

In terms of popularity, Special Education is the 67th most popular major in the state out of a total 325 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in California

Special Ed majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,120
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 408
Associate’s Degree 226
Post-Master’s Certificate 152
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 152
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 58
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 58
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 8
Bachelor’s Degree 7

Gender Distribution

In California, a special ed major is more popular with women than with men.

Special Education Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of special ed majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 8.4%
  • Black or African American: 9.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 37.3%
  • White: 34.0%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.3%
  • Other Races: 10.0%
Special Education Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Special Education Grads in California

44,190 people in the state and 532,840 in the nation are employed in jobs related to special ed.

Special Education Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Special Education Jobs in California

Special Ed grads earn an average of $66,640 in the state and $62,500 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 96 colleges in California that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

314 Degrees in Major Awarded
30% Graduation Rate
16,930 Total Students

19 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. 22% of the teachers are full time. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $48,900 after earning their degree at this institution.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego
168 Degrees in Major Awarded
14% Graduation Rate
34,710 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $28,500 after earning their degree at this institution. 14 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. Of all the students who attend this school, 91% get financial aid.

165 Degrees in Major Awarded
3,780 Total Students

14 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 3.00%. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 33% of students receive it.

#4

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park
121 Degrees in Major Awarded
35,403 Total Students

The full-time teacher rate is 33%. Graduates earn an average $23,800 after graduation. A typical student attending East Los Angeles College will pay a net price of $8,748.

90 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
47,310 Total Students

69% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. 59% of the teachers are full time. The average student takes 4.18 years to complete their degree at USC.

84 Degrees in Major Awarded
27,008 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 51% get financial aid. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 24 to 1. 42% of the teachers are full time.

83 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
29,778 Total Students

A typical student attending SFSU will pay a net price of $15,033. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 81% of students receive it. The student to faculty ratio is 23 to 1.

57 Degrees in Major Awarded
45% Graduation Rate
28,036 Total Students

94% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 4.30%. A typical student attending Cal State LA will pay a net price of $4,175.

53 Degrees in Major Awarded
8,766 Total Students

This private institution charges an average net price of $26,864. 80% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. The full-time teacher rate is 11%.

#10

Moorpark College

Moorpark
52 Degrees in Major Awarded
14,357 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 33 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 44% of students receive it. The full-time teacher rate is 34%.

Special Education Careers in CA

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Interpreters and Translators 20% $55,010
Special Education Preschool Teachers 12% $43,270
Middle School Special Education Teachers 7% $74,810
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 7% $78,850
Special Education Teachers 7% $62,690
Special Education Professors 7% $83,650

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to special ed.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
General Education 8,469
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6,554
Educational Administration 2,500
Student Counseling 1,673
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,283
Teaching English or French 551
Instructional Media Design 494
Other Education 446

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