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Special Education

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What is Special Education?

This major will prepare you to teach students from ages 3 to 21 with any disability in a range of educational settings. This includes teaching people with learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities. Our program emphasizes an inclusive approach to education. This approach encourages the education of students with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities. In this major, you will gain real-world experience through extensive fieldwork. This fieldwork will give you the opportunity to work with people of diverse abilities and ages.

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: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746
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