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2021 Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools

159 Colleges
$49,514 Avg Salary
$32,725 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate School for You

In 2018-2019, 30,639 people earned a degree or certificate in special education, making the major the #42 most popular in the United States.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 159 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best graduate certificate programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Colleges.

Top 15% Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our analysis found Johns Hopkins University to be the best school for special education students who want to pursue a graduate certificate in the United States. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

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#2

Towson University

Towson, MD

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Towson University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Towson is a fairly large public school located in the city of Towson.

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#3

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

The excellent graduate certificate programs at Hamline University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best special education schools in the United States. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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#4

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

The excellent graduate certificate programs at Rider University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best special education schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

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#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

With a ranking of #6, George Mason University did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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University of Southern California ranked #7 on this year’s Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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With a ranking of #8, The College of New Jersey did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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George Washington University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate special education programs. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#10

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

With a ranking of #10, Endicott College did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens.

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#12

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

With a ranking of #12, Hofstra University did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Hofstra is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hempstead.

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#13

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the city of Bronx, Lehman is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Illinois State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal.

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#15

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for special education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Whitworth is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Spokane.

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#16

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

With a ranking of #16, Fairfield University did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #17, University of Massachusetts - Boston did quite well on this year’s best schools for special education students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the large city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the city of Grand Forks, UND is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#19

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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Iowa State University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools list. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale.

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#22

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for special education students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the suburb of Bourbonnais, Olivet Nazarene is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Minot State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the town of Minot, MSU is a public college with a small student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Special Education students that almost earned our Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
25 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
26 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
27 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
28 Ball State University Muncie, IN
29 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
30 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
31 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN

Special Education by Region

View the Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Special Education is one of 14 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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