Online Special Education Licensure — Job Outlook

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With a MSEd in Special Education degree from Purdue University, you’ll gain more than new skills and an understanding of teaching students with learning disabilities. You’ll advance your career with necessary training from one of the top education schools in Indiana, and one of the top public universities in America — that makes you highly desirable to any learning institution.

Career Growth in Special Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Special Education job growth will reach 6% overall by 2024.1 Better screening and identification of various disabilities in children are expected to increase the demand for special education services. In addition, children with disabilities are being identified earlier and enrolled into special education programs, increasing the need for special education preschool teachers with job growth expected to reach 9% by 2024.1 As technology and teaching methods improve, there will be a higher demand for skilled educators who possess a mastery of special needs teaching and a deep understanding of proven and emerging assistive learning technologies.

Upon completion of the degree, you will be a prime candidate for a range of high-paying and in-demand positions within the special needs sector and in the general field of education.

Prepare For These Roles

  • Career and Transition Teacher
  • Pre-school Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher (elementary or secondary)
  • Inclusion Teacher (elementary or secondary)
  • Resource Teacher
  • Child Care Worker
  • Education Administrator

Median Salaries for Special Education Teachers

A MSEd in Special Education brings new financial benefits to your chosen career, and opens up doors to high-paying education jobs that might otherwise be unavailable without an advanced degree in education. The median salary for special education teachers with a master’s degree are:

  • $56,830 for high school special education teachers
  • $55,780 for middle school special education teachers
  • $53,820 for kindergarten and elementary special education teachers
  • $52,480 for preschool special education teachers

Purdue’s online masters in special education is also the first step for those who wish to pursue their PhD and increase their career prospects and lifetime earning potential even more.

Advance Today

Your special education career only needs the right education to advance to new levels of productivity and success. Move it ahead with a master’s degree from Purdue University. To learn more, request more information or call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Special Education Teachers, on the Internet at