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Doctor’s Degree in Special Education

257 Yearly Graduations
$62,300 Median Salary
75% Women
There are 74 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in special ed. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 20% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 20.2% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 257 students earned their doctor's degree in special ed. This earns it the #79 spot on the list of the most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in special ed is $62,300. 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 $62,300 to a high of $62,300.

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Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for special ed students who are doctor's degree holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in special ed. About 75.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 63
Women 194
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degree in Special Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 140
International Students 52
Other Races/Ethnicities 23
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Doctor's Degree Students

There are 74 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

13 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from UT Austin. Of these students, 100% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
13 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from Vanderbilt. About 92% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in special ed. 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 12 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#4

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Saint Louis University. Roughly 14,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,700 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from SLU. Of these students, 55% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
9 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kentucky is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 29,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from UK. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#5

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
9 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Texas is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 38,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

The special ed program at University of North Texas awarded 9 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women

Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 30,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from Columbia.

#5

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
9 Yearly Graduations
56% Women

University of Iowa is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 32,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Iowa.

#5

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Northern Colorado. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,596 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,867 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at University of Northern Colorado. Of these students, 78% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

University of Oregon comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

The special ed program at University of Oregon awarded 8 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

#10

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Roughly 27,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

The special ed program at George Washington University awarded 8 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Teachers College at Columbia University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Teachers College. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from UW Seattle. Of these students, 83% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Illinois State University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in special ed. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in special ed from Illinois State.

#13

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each year, around 29,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,812 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,337 per year.

The special ed program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte awarded 6 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,840 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,870 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro. Of these students, 67% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Roughly 47,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

The special ed program at Pennsylvania State University - University Park awarded 6 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Roughly 48,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at UIUC.

#18

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kansas comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in special ed. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,092 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,989 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at KU. About 80% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Lamar University. Roughly 14,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,032 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,324 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degree were handed out to special ed majors at Lamar University. Of these students, 60% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 6,651
General Education 2,518
Curriculum & Instruction 1,415
Teacher Education Subject Specific 570
Other Education 500

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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