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Special Education Schools

As a professor or instructor of special education classes at one of the 845 accredited special education schools in the country, you play a iperative role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The trends in the special education academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes special education training at the following levels:

  • Special Education Certificate
  • Associates degree in Special Education
  • Bachelors degree in Special Education
  • Masters degree in Special Education
  • PhD degree in Special Education


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Special education professionals

353,800 361,260 373,460 374,820 226,920
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 226,920 special education professionals working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of special education professionals has shrunk by 36%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Special education professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by special education professionals was $52,250 in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for special education professionals in the US was 19% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Special Education

$47,345 $48,995 $50,680 $51,925 $52,250
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Special education professionals' salaries have seen a 10% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Special Education Student enrollment growth by degree

1,104 555 312 273 318
15,112 7,850 7,583 7,728 8,284
412 247 250 229 234
31,105 16,537 16,857 17,216 16,036
4,068 2,115 1,693 3,003 2,182
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Special Education
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Special Education
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Special Education
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Special Education
  • Grey: Certificate in Special Education

The career outlook for special education professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 51,801 students who graduated from special education degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 27,054 students graduating from special education schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 48% decline in the number of special education graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from special education courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Special Education Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is down, the number of schools offering special education programs has increased. In the year 2006, there were 272 special education schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 845 schools.

Special Education Faculty Salaries

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