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2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

There are about 97,050 students enrolled in Special Education and Teaching in the USA.

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popularity

Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

33,527

Vs. National Avg.

112%

popularity Rank

#40

cost

Somewhat Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$25K

Vs. National Avg.

4%

cost Rank

#242

salary

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$41K

Vs. National Avg.

2%

salary Rank

#239

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

0%

professors Rank

#249

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-1%

students Rank

#271

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Special Education and Teaching is not only a valuable choice, but ordinarily a mandatory first step for students planning to pursue a career as a special education teacher, a speech language pathologist, or a learning development specialist. In fact, special education and teaching is fairly popular ranking as the 57th most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 8,866 special education and teaching degrees conferred. In-state tuition for special education and teaching at private colleges is, on average, 3.3 times more costly than their public fellows.

There are 541 colleges which offer special education and teaching. 541 universities is on par with other programs offered in the United States. If you are looking to surround yourself with other special education and teaching students, consider institutions in Utah which have more students admitted to special education and teaching than any other state. More generally, the best region to get a degree in special education and teaching is in the Great Lakes region with Illinois State University, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, and University of Akron Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to study special education and teaching is the Mid-American Conference with Ball State University, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, and University of Akron Main Campus representing the conference. On that topic, our belief is that the best university for special education and teaching is Vanderbilt University. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school is not necessarily the 'best' school for every student. There might be lots more angels to weigh when choosing ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely impact your decision on where to go to university. At Authority, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which special education and teaching university boasts the top campus, the answer is Boston University. If you are very interested in which college boasts the top campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more so we can evaluate every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbsphere and our selection of the college with the best student life for special education and teaching is University of Florida. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top choices. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If expense is a primary factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Boston University. Boston University&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for special education and teaching, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have a page for the most expensive&nbspschools that could put the price tag at Boston University&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may be interested to know that special education and teaching is the 183rd most expensive program in the United States, with an average expense of $31,300. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for special education and teaching on our list is Rhode Island with costs at the primary three colleges Providence College of $51,490, Rhode Island College at $21,683, and at Salve Regina University of $21,683. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for special education and teaching is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with University of Hawaii at Manoa with a cost of $33,336, Gonzaga University with a cost of $44,280, and Seattle Pacific University with a cost of $44,604.

Our cheapest region for special education and teaching is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Western Governors University with a cost of $6,380. More optimistically, the most affordable university for special education and teaching is Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,500 for a degree in special education and teaching. That cost inflates significantly to an average of $20,700 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the school representing the best value for special education and teaching: Vanderbilt University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list about the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. That being said, this discussion is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for special education and teaching majors differ widely, but two years after finishing the degree students will regularly make around $42,900. While there is a lot of variation in pay; top positions can experience pay up to $65,100. Straight out of school, the minimum earning positions within the special education and teaching space earn $28,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning graduates for special education and teaching graduated from Vanderbilt University&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of special education and teaching is in the bottom, ranking in only the 3rd percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for special education and teaching is Vanderbilt University&nbspand here you can find our general list of the colleges which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Special Education and Teaching only ranks in the 39th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 6th percentile. White students compose the largest proportion at 82% of students majoring in special education and teaching. Additionally, 90% of undergraduates pursuing a special education and teaching degree are women.

The median rating of special education and teaching professors is 4.3 stars, a score which is 8% higher than the median score for every major; which is a pretty good score. If you are looking for the most popular special education and teaching professor in the country, take a look at John Lynch from Arizona State University-Tempe. This may be shocking, but the top rated instructors for special education and teaching by student are found at Arizona State University-Tempe. As we incorporate data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the best instructors for special education and teaching is Vanderbilt University. One can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for special education and teaching is Vanderbilt University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have an extensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that approaching university from context only derived from superlatives might cause issues. We encourage you to look at some of our other pages on individual colleges and explore a couple of our insightful background articles on useful details to think about as your school search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Dordt University

Sioux Center, IA | www.dordt.edu/

72%

Acceptance

1,769

Students

#505

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Georgia

Athens, GA | www.uga.edu/

48%

Acceptance

42,941

Students

#120

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL | https://www.fsu.edu/

32%

Acceptance

47,836

Students

#138

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX | www.tcu.edu/

48%

Acceptance

11,506

Students

#119

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN | https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

70%

Acceptance

63,760

Students

#159

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL | www.ucf.edu/

45%

Acceptance

81,082

Students

#200

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD | www.umd.edu/

51%

Acceptance

44,404

Students

#98

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Clemson University

Clemson, SC | www.clemson.edu/

62%

Acceptance

28,933

Students

#153

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI | https://www.msu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

55,406

Students

#178

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT | www.utah.edu/

79%

Acceptance

38,335

Students

#354

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Florida International University

Miami, FL | www.fiu.edu/

58%

Acceptance

73,970

Students

#364

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL | www.usf.edu/

49%

Acceptance

60,343

Students

#220

Ranking

$17K

Tuition

A

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK | https://utulsa.edu/

69%

Acceptance

4,546

Students

#248

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

D

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Special Education and Teaching

Dakota State University

Madison, SD | https://dsu.edu/

84%

Acceptance

5,352

Students

#1994

Ranking

$13K

Tuition

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