The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for a special education teaching degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,190 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,557 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,803 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

29% below average compared to other degrees

What do special education teaching graduates earn?

Special education teaching students make an average of $44,686 per year after graduation.

23% of special education teaching graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 44,686 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 0% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

15% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular special education teaching schools in the US

There are 970 schools in the US that offer a special education teaching degree. The special education teaching schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in special education teaching per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592

Top US schools for a special education teaching degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering special education teaching degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Boston University25%$52,082
Lehigh University25%$50,740
University of Virginia-Main Campus27%$16,853
New York University28%$50,464
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730

Cheapest US schools for a special education teaching degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a special education teaching degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Sacramento City College$1,104
Imperial Valley College$1,142
Long Beach City College$1,188
Los Angeles Mission College$1,220
Fresno City College$1,304
Diablo Valley College$1,312
Taft College$1,410
Broward College$1,415
San Juan College$1,474
Foothill College$1,554


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