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Graduate Certificates in Special Education

2,240 Yearly Graduations
$50,100 Median Salary
$28,986 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in special ed is offered at 273 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 20% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.9% of special ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Special Ed Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,240 earned their graduate certificate in special ed. This earns it the #6 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in special ed is $50,100. 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.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $44,875 to a high of $53,275.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in special ed is $28,986. 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, $29,986 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $23,020.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $338.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in special ed. About 88.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 254
Women 1,986
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Special Ed

The racial-ethnic distribution of special ed graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 157
Hispanic or Latino 178
White 1,668
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 148
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Special Ed Graduate Certificate Students

There are 273 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in special ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
276 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ball State University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. 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, 276 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Ball State. Of these students, 94% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
116 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 116 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from GMU. Of these students, 88% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
90 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from USC. Of these students, 82% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
57 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Liberty University. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Liberty University. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#5

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
50 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. 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, 50 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Penn State World Campus. About 98% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota
43 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Concordia University, Saint Paul. Each year, around 5,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,550 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at Concordia University, Saint Paul. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#6

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
43 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Saint Cloud State University. Each year, around 13,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,394 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,460 per year.

The special ed program at Saint Cloud State University awarded 43 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
41 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Boston is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,187 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,433 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from UMass Boston. Of these students, 83% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Hunter College

New York, New York
41 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Hunter College. Roughly 23,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The special ed program at Hunter College awarded 41 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

38 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arkansas State University - Main Campus comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,986 per year.

The special ed program at Arkansas State University - Main Campus awarded 38 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia
36 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of West Georgia is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 13,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,338 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at University of West Georgia. About 97% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

35 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from University of Oklahoma. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#13

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Illinois State University. Roughly 20,800 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.

The special ed program at Illinois State University awarded 32 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Each year, around 30,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 30 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#14

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Adelphi University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Roughly 7,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,470 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $41,920 per year.

The special ed program at Adelphi University awarded 30 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

28 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in special ed. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at UC. About 93% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
28 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Kansas. Roughly 27,500 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.

The special ed program at University of Kansas awarded 28 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
26 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of West Alabama is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 5,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,678 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 graduate certificates were handed out to special ed majors at University of West Alabama. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#18

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women

Hamline University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in special ed. Each year, around 3,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,734 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,596 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their graduate certificate in special ed from Hamline.

#20

Lehman College

Bronx, New York
25 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for special ed majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Lehman College. Each year, around 15,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The special ed program at Lehman College awarded 25 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 68% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to special ed that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Educational Administration 9,171
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,548
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,112
Curriculum & Instruction 1,230
General Education 1,224

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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