This list is comprised of the top 24 schools offering graduate degree programs in special education, each of which holds an average student rating of 3.32 or higher across areas such as quality of instruction, career advising, and campus safety. Many of these degrees can be obtained at an affordable tuition rate, and 13 of the schools have an average yearly tuition of less than $15,000.
With an average annual tuition of $9,170, Liberty University is one of the most affordable options to make our list. Students at Liberty University rated the school's quality of instruction at an average of 4.38 out of 5. As one student said, "It is a very rigorous program. Nonetheless, the faculty is dedicated and understanding of the students and life circumstances." Other students described the faculty as "supportive" and praised the school's strong sense of community. The University of Nebraska Omaha is another highly-rated and affordable option for students considering a graduate degree in special education. "They provide a competitive program with good value," one student said of the school. Another student noted that, "Professors are quick to respond, always helpful and encouraging for work well done." Click through the links below to learn more about these and other top-rated special education graduate programs.
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.