Ranked #9 in popularity, special education is one of the most sought-after master's degree programs in the nation. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.
College Factual looked at 627 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Special Education ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 19,550 master's degrees in special education to qualified students.
Choosing a Great Special Education School for Your Master's Degree
The special ed master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future.
One of the reasons we created our Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Special Education ranking is to help you make that choice.
Being popular does not always equate to overall quality, but a school with a large number of special education students usually has them for a reason. Sometimes this is because the school offers a great educational experience, it is a good value, or it is highly focused on the program.
This ranking is just one of the many we have created.
First of all, if you are interested in other degree levels, you may want to take a look at one of the rankings highlighted above.
Also, if you are interested in attending school in a specific part of the country, see our rankings by location.
Plus, you can view our other rankings for special education.
Featured Special Education Programs
Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.
Use traditional, innovative and research-based approaches to learn about the instructional and transitional demands of children with special needs in this specialized online MEd from Southern New Hampshire University.
Most Popular Schools for Master’s Students to Study Special Education in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the most popular colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in special education. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
25 Most Well Attended Schools for Special Ed Students Working on Their Master's
Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in special education needs to take a look at Ball State University. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This isn't the only ranking where the school placed. It's also #1 in quality for master's degrees in special education in Indiana.
There were approximately 1,214 special education individuals who graduated with this degree at Ball State in the most recent year we have data available.
Master's graduates who receive their degree from the special ed program make an average of $46,400 in their early career salary.
Grand Canyon University is a popular decision for students pursuing a master's degree in special education. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the city of Phoenix. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #4 in quality for master's degrees in special education in Arizona.
There were about 1,202 special education students who graduated with this degree at Grand Canyon University in the most recent year we have data available.
Students who graduate with their master's from the special ed program state that they receive average early career earnings of $43,300.
Arizona State University - Skysong is one of the most popular schools in the country for getting a master's degree in special education. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public university located in the city of Scottsdale. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in special education in Arizona.
There were about 441 special education students who graduated with this degree at ASU - Skysong in the most recent year we have data available.
This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Special Education badge.
Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 627 different United States special education schools we analyzed.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).