To date, we’ve asked 21 current and past special education teaching students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a special education teaching degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a special education teaching degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are special education teaching students compared to other degrees?

Overall, special education teaching students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.8 out of 5. For context, special education teaching students rate their happiness similarly to students in Educational Administration and Accounting.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to special education teaching

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Accounting$85,332
Educational Administration$0
Special Education Teaching$42,525

Let's break that down further.

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in special education teaching experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Were special education teaching students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
2.8 out of 5 stars
21 ratings
5 stars
14%
4 stars
10%
3 stars
43%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
24%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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