North Little Rock, AR (population: 59,309) has five special education schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the highest ranked school in this group with a special education program, has a total student population of 3,792. It is the 644th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Special Education students from North Little Rock schools who go on to become special education teachers, special education educators, special educators, sign language interpreters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 146,240 people working as special education teachers, secondary school alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $56,420. Also, Special education teachers, middle school make on average $54,750 per year and there are about 102,490 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 260 employed special education teachers, middle school earning an average salary of $50,300. Special education teachers, secondary school in this area earn $51,600/yr and there are 380 employed.
North Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in North Little Rock are held by special education teachers, secondary school, and 1/1000 are held by special education teachers, middle school.
Of the 5 special education schools with a 100-mile radius of North Little Rock, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Arkansas at Little Rock comes out as the most expensive ($13,005/yr) for special education students, with University of Arkansas at Monticello as the lowest, reported at only $8,192/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from North Little Rock|
|Little Rock||AR||192,247||12||20.3043||243||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||49.4 miles|