Best special education graduate programs in Pennsylvania

Special education professionals work with children and adults who are atypically developing. A graduate degree in special education enhances their ability to work with special needs students by advancing their knowledge about the field. Check out the best special education graduate programs below. Read more about our ranking methodology here

Our master’s in special education rankings cover 210 of the 424 universities available, accounting for 71% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $53,501.

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#1 in Pennsylvania | #50 in Special Education nationally

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.32

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $56,740

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,887

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $24,260

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.43

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Pennsylvania | #65 in Special Education nationally

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.35

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $58,992

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,139

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $28,890

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.49

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Pennsylvania | #90 in Special Education nationally

Arcadia University

Glenside, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.41

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,310

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,457

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $27,780

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.52

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Pennsylvania | #103 in Special Education nationally

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.44

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $48,481

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,628

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $24,492

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.51

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Pennsylvania | #109 in Special Education nationally

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.44

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $52,790

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,937

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $29,437

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.56

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Pennsylvania | #121 in Special Education nationally

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.46

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $51,160

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,307

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $28,878

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.56

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Pennsylvania | #148 in Special Education nationally

Eastern University

Saint Davids, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.51

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $50,335

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,482

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $30,833

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.61

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Pennsylvania | #155 in Special Education nationally

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.53

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $55,627

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,774

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $38,866

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.70

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Pennsylvania | #172 in Special Education nationally

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.57

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,153

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,300

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $30,434

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.65

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Pennsylvania | #187 in Special Education nationally

Mercyhurst University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.62

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $46,106

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,253

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $31,678

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.69

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Pennsylvania | #196 in Special Education nationally

Point Park University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.65

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,467

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,614

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $35,048

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.74

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in Pennsylvania | #204 in Special Education nationally

Seton Hill University

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.67

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $39,648

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,205

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $25,021

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.63

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in Pennsylvania | #207 in Special Education nationally

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.67

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $51,871

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,018

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $43,388

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.84

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in Pennsylvania | #208 in Special Education nationally

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.68

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $42,888

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,035

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $29,702

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.69

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in Pennsylvania | #222 in Special Education nationally

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.76

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $40,481

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,372

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $29,854

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.74

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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