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2023 Special Education and Teaching Students

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

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College can be a supremely significant period of one's life; it is a time for personal growth and expansion. Students continue to find out who they wish to be and cultivate the essential skills to become a flourishing member of society. But growth is more than sitting in a classroom environment - the late nights discussing James Baldwin with a schoolmate, the personal lesson gained from an eccentric professor, the exposure to a different vantage point. As such, attending a diverse college greatly improves what one gains from the time at school.

Special Education and Teaching is in the bottom 10% of subjects for ethnic diversity*. 82% of the US' Special Education and Teaching majors are white students, followed by latino students (8%), black students (4%), and students of other races**(4%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is University of Hawaii at Manoa&nbspin Honolulu, HI.

Additionally, Special Education and Teaching skews very heavily female, more so 94% of subjects. 90% of students majoring in Special Education and Teaching identify as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is University of St Francis in Joliet, IL.

Another critical type of diversity is income diversity. Unfortunately, Special Education and Teaching is less financially diverse than 61% of majors in the nation. 32% of its students come from families with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 17% are from families with $75,000 to $110,000 annual incomes, and 22% grew up in homes bringing in below $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Charlotte has the most economically diverse students in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall HI is the most diverse state for Special Education and Teaching. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Big West Conference is the most diverse conference.

* diversity calculations and comparisons are based on Simpson's Diversity Index
** other races is used to refer to non asian, black, latino, or white

Diversity Statistics

Racial Diversity
  • Asian: 2%

  • Black: 4%

  • Latino: 8%

  • White: 82%

  • Other: 4%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 10%

  • Female: 90%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 22%

  • 30k - 48k: 14%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 17%

  • Over 110k: 32%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 67%

  • Out of State: 28%

  • International: 5%

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