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Special Education

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What is Special Education?

This major will prepare you to teach children ages 3 to 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings. Our concentrated coursework focuses on research-based practices and emphasizes an inclusive approach to educating students with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities. Working with students of diverse abilities and ages, you’ll also gain real-world experience through extensive fieldwork.

Career Options

  • Adult education
  • Child psychology
  • Counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Special education
  • Social work

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

84% employed after graduation

2% attending graduate school

$42,875 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Chicago Public Schools, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Urbana High School

Sample grad school destinations: Midwestern University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 30 ACT Score

1230 - 1360 SAT Score

3.31 - 3.75 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,012

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $28,606
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $47,922

International

  • Tuition: $29,480
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $48,796
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