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2021 Best Special Education Schools in North Carolina

17 Colleges
$37,583 Avg Salary
$27,689 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Special Education School for You

With 361 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, special education is the #79 most popular major in North Carolina.

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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Special Education Schools in North Carolina ranking. Our analysis looked at 17 schools in North Carolina to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Special Education Schools in North Carolina

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

Top 10 Best Special Education Schools

#1

Elon University

Elon, NC

Our 2021 rankings named Elon University the best school in North Carolina for special education students. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elon.

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#2

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means East Carolina University is a great place for special education students. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville.

After completing their degree, special ed graduates from ECU carry an average student debtload of $24,110. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $250, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 17 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Appalachian State University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the distant town of Boone.

After completing their degree, special ed graduates from Appalachian State carry an average student debtload of $21,136. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $219, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Carolina State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Special Education Schools in North Carolina list. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at University of North Carolina at Greensboro helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best special education schools in North Carolina. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

On average, special ed graduates from UNC Greensboro take out $19,980 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for special education students. It came in at #6 on the list. UNCW is a large public school located in the midsize city of Wilmington.

After completing their degree, special ed graduates from UNCW carry an average student debtload of $19,597. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $203.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best special education programs. Located in the city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, special ed graduates from UNC Charlotte take out $21,500 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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#8

Barton College

Wilson, NC

Barton College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best special education programs. Located in the fringe town of Wilson, Barton College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Lees - McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

Lees - McRae College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best special education programs. Located in the rural area of Banner Elk, Lees - McRae College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#10

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

Campbell University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best special education programs. Located in the fringe town of Buies Creek, Campbell is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Best Special Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Special Education Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 491
Florida 888
Virginia 1,103
Tennessee 356
South Carolina 249
Kentucky 582
Louisiana 102
Alabama 481
Arkansas 416
Mississippi 301
West Virginia 84

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 17 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to woodleywonderworks.

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