Education of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
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Overview
Education of individuals with multiple disabilities is a program that focuses on the design of educational services for children or adults with multiple disabilities which adversely affect their educational performance and that may prepare individuals to teach such students. includes instruction in identifying students with multiple disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising students with multiple handicaps, counseling, and applicable laws and policies.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in education of individuals with multiple disabilities at each level last year.
0100200300400500Bachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's Cert
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all education of individuals with multiple disabilities graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 74% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 93% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in education of individuals with multiple disabilities earned in the last academic year, 87% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 88% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in special needs education, which includes education of individuals with multiple disabilities and 17 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in special needs education have a median salary of $53,319.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 60% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 42% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in special needs education, which consists of 18 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.7%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 3% of workers who earned a bachelor's in special needs education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Special Needs Education (which combines 18 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including education of individuals with multiple disabilities

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed education of individuals with multiple disabilities within the ACS special needs education degree designation, which contains a total of 18 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree special needs education. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS special needs education degree
Special Education and Teaching
Education of Individuals with Hearing Impairments
Education of the Gifted and Talented
Education of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Education of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments
Education of Individuals with Vision Impairments
Education of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Education of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
Education of Individuals with Autism
Education of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed
Education of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Education of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Education of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Education of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs
Specialized Special Education and Teaching
Education of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Employment overview
Percentage of special needs education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in special needs education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage special needs education majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 21.7% of special needs education graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.7% are classified as "unemployed," while 20.0% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

78%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether special needs education majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

1.7%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for special needs education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for special needs education majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$53,319$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for special needs education majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$57K$47K$51K$54K$60K$32K$45K$53K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal government (40.3% )Private for-profit (20.0% )Private not-for-profit (13.6% )State government (21.7% )Federal government (1.2% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (1.9% )Self Emp. Incoporated (1.2% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for special needs education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in special needs education. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (12%)
Women (88%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that special needs education has more women than most other degrees.

88%12%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of special needs education majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$53K$57K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For special needs education graduates, men generally earn 7% more than women. This is better than many: 97% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

7%7%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of special needs education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in special needs education can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for special needs education graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$55K$59K$29K$48K$56K$61K$41K$63K$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
010K20K30K40KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can special needs education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for special needs education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all education of individuals with multiple disabilities completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 67% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in education of individuals with multiple disabilities
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in education of individuals with multiple disabilities today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in special needs education when in college.

We know that about 60% special needs education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of special needs education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 86% of other fields.

60%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: special needs education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 60% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in special needs education, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in special needs education by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$61K$66K$43K$83K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

42%95%53%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for special needs education majors
Careers for special needs education majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree special needs education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in education of individuals with multiple disabilities and 17 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the special needs education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in special needs education, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in education of individuals with multiple disabilities. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
38.9%
**Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$49K
20.1%
Education administrators
$0$200K$68K
5.4%
Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
4.1%
Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
2.0%
Counselors
$0$200K$44K
1.9%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
1.6%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
1.2%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$53K
1.1%
Social workers
$0$200K$43K
1.1%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
1.0%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
1.0%
Childcare workers
$0$200K$20K
0.8%
Speech-language pathologists
$0$200K$62K
0.6%
Psychologists
$0$200K$69K
0.5%
Social and community service managers
$0$200K$54K
0.5%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$63K
0.5%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
0.5%
Human resources workers
$0$200K$54K
0.5%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten special needs education careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by special needs education graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Elementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteraturePsychologyEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsBusiness Management and AdministrationSociologyCommunicationsGeneral BusinessPolitical Science and GovernmentBiologySecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingNursingChemistryPhysicsSocial WorkCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionFamily and Consumer SciencesTeacher Education: Multiple LevelsHuman Services and Community OrganizationElementary and middleschool teachersSpecial Education TeachersEducation administratorsSecondary school teachersPostsecondary teachersCounselorsPreschool and kindergartenteachersTeacher assistantsEducation, training, andlibrary workers (specializedareas)Social workersAll others
Jobs that choose special needs education majors
What careers hire special needs education majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have special needs education as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of special needs education majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersAudiologistsSpeech-language pathologistsAll other careersSpecial Needs EducationAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer education of individuals with multiple disabilities degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Adelphi University
NY
4,889
21.3
$27,925
77%
69%
Adventist University of Health Sciences
FL
1,282
18.6
$18,866
72%
53%
Ashland University
OH
3,209
24.4
$20,201
79%
64%
Ball State University
IN
16,276
19.4
$13,535
75%
61%
Binghamton University
NY
14,441
23.4
$16,775
83%
82%
Bradley University
IL
4,344
16.6
$25,857
84%
76%
Dominican College of Blauvelt
NY
1,431
24.8
$19,982
66%
55%
Endicott College
MA
3,054
40.2
$35,097
93%
73%
Georgia State University
GA
22,758
24.9
$15,350
57%
54%
Governors State University
IL
2,634
18.9
$16,000
61%
65%
Johns Hopkins University
MD
6,591
17.1
$29,066
86%
93%
Missouri Baptist University
MO
2,212
40.2
$19,583
65%
57%
Norfolk State University
VA
4,301
19.6
$14,429
39%
45%
Northwest Missouri State University
MO
5,073
25.2
$11,778
74%
56%
Saint Xavier University
IL
2,771
24.0
$14,911
70%
57%
Syracuse University
NY
17,554
20.2
$35,306
89%
81%
Touro College
NY
6,992
35.8
$22,326
57%
54%
University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC
13,561
22.9
$16,831
75%
73%
Upper Iowa University
IA
4,723
75.2
$23,525
68%
56%
Virginia Commonwealth University
VA
21,692
22.3
$20,741
67%
63%
Graduate program details
Explore education of individuals with multiple disabilities graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
Norfolk State University
Program in Severe Disabilities (Master of Arts)
VA
$30
Syracuse University
MS Program in Inclusive Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities (Master of Science)
NY
$75
Explore similar programs

Education of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities is part of a larger collection of programs: Education by Level or Special Needs. Is there a different program that's close to Education of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

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Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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