Special Education

Ranked in 2014, part of Best Education Schools

Special education programs prepare graduates to work with a broad range of challenges that students with special needs face. These are the top schools for graduate programs in special education.

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Rankings Overall Education School Program Data
Rank School name Tuition Total enrollment Average GRE verbal score, entering doctoral students Average GRE quantitative score, entering doctoral students Doctoral programs acceptance rate Average amount of externally funded research expenditure per faculty member (in thousands) Peer assessment score (out of 5) Student-faculty ratio Superintendent assessment score (out of 5) Total amount of externally funded research conducted by the school (in millions)
#1 Vanderbilt University (Peabody)

Nashville, TN

$1,747 per credit (full-time) 873
#11 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

$573 per credit (in-state, full-time); $1,236 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 937
#10 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

$15,008 per year (in-state, full-time); $22,990 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,756
#7 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$14,301 per year (in-state, full-time); $27,030 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,004
#3 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

$13,824 per year (in-state, full-time); $22,356 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 774
#4 University of Virginia (Curry)

Charlottesville, VA

$13,818 per year (in-state, full-time); $23,082 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 890
#5 University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

$449 per credit (in-state, full-time); $1,251 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 1,101
#7 University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

$11,858 per year (in-state, full-time); $25,184 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,017
#9 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

$11,626 per year (in-state, full-time); $25,118 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 826
#2 University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

$346 per credit (in-state, full-time); $810 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 921
#6 University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

$8,402 per year (in-state, full-time); $16,338 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,141