Middle School Special Education Programs
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Middle school special education programs is a program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children with special learning needs or disabilities who are in junior high/middle school. includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities; developing individual education plans; curriculum development, instructional strategies, and classroom management for middle school special education; and principles of middle school instruction in specific subjects.
Careers for program graduates
Middle school special education programs majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Special Education TeachersEducation and childcare admini...Secondary School TeachersPostsecondary TeachersPreschool and Kindergarten Tea...Teaching AssistantsSpecialized Educational Instru...
High School
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in middle school special education programs at each level last year.
050100Bachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all middle school special education programs graduates from this last academic year.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 40% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in middle school special education programs earned in the last academic year, 84% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 85% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in special needs education, which includes middle school special education programs and 17 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in special needs education have a median salary of $54,052.
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 40% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
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 1.5%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 94% 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

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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Education of Students with Special Needs doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field education of students with special needs, which includes middle school special education programs.

Median starting salaries
Median cumulative loan amount
Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of special needs education bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 22.3% of special needs education graduates are currently not working, but only 1.5% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 20.8% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
Federal government
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Self Emp. Incoporated
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Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for special needs education majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for special needs education majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for special needs education majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$58K$55K$51K$49K$59K$36K$54K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal governmentState governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitFederal governmentSelf Emp. Not Incorp.Overall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for special needs education majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for special needs education majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in special needs education.

Men (13%)
Women (87%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female special needs education majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For special needs education graduates, men generally earn 8% more than women. This is better than many: 91% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

Insights from the ages of special needs education bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

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.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all middle school special education programs completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 52% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in middle school special education programs
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 Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

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 87% of other fields.

Distribution: special needs education majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of special needs education majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

40%92%55%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in special needs education

There's a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major using data from the American Community Survey. The data for middle school special education programs is available for the larger special needs education degree designation, which contains a total of 18 programs. The charts in this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this program.

Explore Careers
Careers for special needs education majors

Where do special needs education majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in middle school special education programs.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten special needs education careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by special needs education graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

Elementary EducationGeneral EducationEnglish Language and Lite...PsychologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationHistoryLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsBusiness Management and A...CommunicationsSociologyGeneral BusinessPolitical Science and Gov...BiologyMathematicsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...ChemistryNursingPhysicsFamily and Consumer Scien...Teacher Education: Multip...Social WorkCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire...AccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersSpecial Education TeachersEducation and childcareadministratorsSecondary School TeachersPostsecondary TeachersPreschool and KindergartenTeachersTeaching AssistantsSpecialized EducationalInstruction and LibraryWorkersEducational, Guidance, andCareer Counselors andAdvisorsSpecialized ManagersAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
What careers hire special needs education majors as one of their top 10?

To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire special needs education majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by special needs education majors.

Specialized Educational I...AudiologistsElementary and Middle Sch...Special Education Teacher...Speech-Language Pathologi...All other careersSpecial Needs EducationAll other degreesDegree in top 10 employedDegree
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer middle school special education programs degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Education of Students with Special Needs. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes 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.

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Middle School Special Education Programs is part of a larger collection of programs: Education by Level or Special Needs. Is there a different program that's close to Middle School Special Education Programs 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.