Special Education

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

30,429

declining 0.0526%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,664

growing 3%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$28,800

growing 2.36%

Average Wage

$53,683

growing 2.43%

People in Workforce

5.09M

growing 0.654%

Average Employee Age

46.2

declining 0.25%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Special Education degree recipients are New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ, and Muncie, IN. The locations with a relatively high number of Special Education degree recipients are Georgetown, KY, Muncie, IN, and South Euclid, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying Special Education is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Special Education and the types of students that study this field. Grand Canyon University awards the most degrees in Special Education in the US, but Bank Street College of Education and LIU Hudson at Westchester have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Special Education.

Tuition costs for Special Education majors are, on average, $6,664 for in-state public colleges, and $28,800 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Special Education programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (444 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (16,915 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Special Education

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Special Education, is Public, 4-year or above (16,915 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Special Education programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,664

Median In-State Public

$28,800

Median Out of State Private

Grand Canyon University has the most Special Education degree recipients, with 1,650 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Special Education.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Special Education programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Bank Street College of Education and LIU Hudson at Westchester have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Special Education, with 28.7% and 25.5%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Special Education

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Special Education by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Special Education.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Education graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Education majors is $53,683 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Secondary school teachers, and Education administrators.

The industry that employs the most Education majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Not specified wholesale trade.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$53,683

Average Wage in Workforce

± $495

2.43%

1 Year Growth

± 1.27%

The average salary for Education majors is $53,683 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Secondary school teachers, and Education administrators.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Education majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Education majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Education majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Secondary school teachers, and Education administrators.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Education majors working as Elementary & middle school teachers, Special education teachers, and Secondary school teachers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Education majors are Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Dentists.

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Occupations by Share

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5.09M

2017 Workforce

± 54,413

0.654%

1 Year Growth

± 1.51%

The number of Education graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.654%, from 5.05M in 2016 to 5.09M in 2017.

The largest single share of Education graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (39.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Education by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Special Education is from the 2 Digit Course Education.

5.09M

2017 Workforce

± 54,413

0.654%

1 Year Growth

± 1.51%

The number of Education graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.654%, from 5.05M in 2016 to 5.09M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Education graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Education.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Special Education is from the 2 Digit Course Education.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Education majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Education in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Education is 46.2, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Education degrees, and White students earn the majority (21,731) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Special Education is from the 2 Digit Course Education.

46.2

Average Age in 2017

± 0.148 Years

0.25%

1 Year Change

± 0.456%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Education. The most common ages of employees with this major are 47 and 46 years old, which represent 2.85% and 2.56% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Special Education are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Education are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (87.1%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Special Education.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    21,731 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,050 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2,120 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Special Education for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    7,351 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    845 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    760 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Special Education. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    52,145 degree recipients

  2. Philippines

    33,077 degree recipients

  3. Cuba

    23,402 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. South Central Asia, not specified

    7.49 times more than expected

  2. St Vincent & the Grenadines

    4.32 times more than expected

  3. Uzbekistan

    4.29 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in South Central Asia, not specified that hold Education degrees (7.49 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (52,145 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Special Education field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Special Education majors need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Special Education majors need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Service Orientation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Special Education majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Learning Strategies is very distinctive for majors, but the Social Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, and Instructing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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