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Special Education Schools in Illinois

942 Special Ed students earned their degrees in the state in 2018-2019.

In terms of popularity, Special Education is the 53rd most popular major in the state out of a total 309 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Special Education Majors in Illinois

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 455
Master’s Degree 422
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 51
Post-Master’s Certificate 51
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 14
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 14
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 14

Gender Distribution

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

Special Education Majors in IL Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 1.8%
  • Black or African American: 5.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.4%
  • White: 78.8%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.8%
  • Other Races: 5.0%
Special Education Majors in IL Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Special Education Grads in Illinois

In this state, there are 25,340 people employed in jobs related to a special ed degree, compared to 532,840 nationwide.

Special Education Jobs Nationwide vs. IL

Wages for Special Education Jobs in Illinois

In this state, special ed grads earn an average of $57,280. Nationwide, they make an average of $62,500.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 40 colleges in Illinois that offer special ed degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

214 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
20,635 Total Students

The 3.90% student loan default rate is lower than average. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 77% are considered full time. The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.

92 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
17,169 Total Students

95% of students get financical aid. The student loan default rate is 7.80% which is lower than average. The full-time teacher rate is 75%.

65 Degrees in Major Awarded
5,992 Total Students

17 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. The average student takes 5.00 years to complete their degree at NLU. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $38,200 after earning their degree at this institution.

#4

Lewis University

Romeoville
54 Degrees in Major Awarded
66% Graduation Rate
6,440 Total Students

The 3.80% student loan default rate is lower than average. The full-time teacher rate is 40%. Graduates earn an average $40,700 after graduation.

50 Degrees in Major Awarded
22% Graduation Rate
8,103 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 5.90% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. A typical student attending Northeastern Illinois University will pay a net price of $19,287. Of all the students who attend this school, 85% get financial aid.

47 Degrees in Major Awarded
85% Graduation Rate
49,702 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 1.90% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. Most students complete their degree in 4.21 years. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $17,302.

45 Degrees in Major Awarded
60% Graduation Rate
31,683 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $13,301. The full-time teacher rate is 72%. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 3.10%.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago
39 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
22,437 Total Students

An average student at DePaul will pay a net price of $28,410. Of all the students who attend this school, 98% get financial aid. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 49% are considered full time.

37 Degrees in Major Awarded
50% Graduation Rate
6,005 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $35,900 after earning their degree at this institution. The average student takes 4.50 years to complete their degree at Concordia University, Chicago. This private institution charges an average net price of $16,403.

#10

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights
33 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
1,131 Total Students

Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $22,970. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 97% of students receive it. The student loan default rate of 4.90% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments.

Special Education Careers in IL

Some of the careers special ed majors go into include:

Job Title IL Job Growth IL Median Salary
Interpreters and Translators 10% $43,100
Special Education Teachers 5% $49,880
Special Education Professors 4% $64,850
Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers 3% $60,650
Special Education Preschool Teachers 3% $56,600
Middle School Special Education Teachers 3% $60,140

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

Major Annual Graduates in IL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2,855
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,888
Educational Administration 1,753
Curriculum & Instruction 1,057
General Education 386
Student Counseling 328
Instructional Media Design 243
Teaching English or French 234

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