Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has seven special education schools within its city limits. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with a special education program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about special education programs in Chicago, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of special education professors at Loyola University Chicago such as Nelsen Armour, Debra Baron, Barney Berlin, Hank Bohanon, Elizabeth Bower, and Jim Breunlin.
Special Education students from Chicago 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,830 employed special education teachers, middle school earning an average salary of $58,210. Special education teachers, secondary school in this area earn $70,090/yr and there are 3,500 employed.
Chicago lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Chicago are held by special education teachers, secondary school, and 1/1000 are held by special education teachers, middle school.
Of the 7 special education schools in Chicago, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr) for special education students, with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest, reported at only $8,828/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||6.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||8.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||10.0 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||12.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||13.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||16.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||17.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||17.4 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||20.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||21.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||23.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||23.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||23.8 miles|