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2023 Special Education and Teaching Cost

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

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Special education and teaching is the 183rd most expensive major in the nation, with a median cost of $31,252 for the top 50 programs (just ahead of #184, Musical Theatre, with a median cost of $31,200).

The Far West has the most expensive schools with top 50 special education and teaching programs predominantly led by University of Hawaii at Manoa with an annual cost of $33,336. The most expensive state for special education and teaching is Rhode Island led by Providence College and Rhode Island College.

Public schools with solid programs typically charge 69.6% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 33.88% less than your average private school. So be sure to take a look at public shools in your state sooner rather than later.

The most expensive top 25 college for special education and teaching is Boston University, which is the 62nd most expensive college in the United States. The most affordable option in the top 100 is College of Charleston. It costs just $70 per year, but it is its special education and teaching program is ranked #98. If you’re looking for the least expensive option in the top 25, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania  might be for you, ranked #3 with an in-state cost of just $7,716. Another more affordable pick would be #24, West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Chester County, PA with a cost of $7,716 for in-state students and $19,290 for out-of-state students.

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