Grand Rapids, MI (population: 193,337) has two special education schools within its city limits. Calvin College, the highest ranked school in the city with a special education program, has a total student population of 4,092. It is the 1256th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Michigan (#1 is Kalamazoo College). To learn more about special education programs in Grand Rapids, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of special education professors at Calvin College such as Albert Boerema, Debra Buursma, Elly Deboer, Lisa Dekker, Kailonnie Dunsmore, and Jane Genzink.
Special Education students from Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids-Wyoming area alone, there are 310 employed special education teachers, middle school earning an average salary of $47,220. Special education teachers, secondary school in this area earn $49,580/yr and there are 580 employed.
Grand Rapids lies in Kent county, which is one of the 62 counties in Michigan. Overall, the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area has 364,520 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.57/hr average worker wage, and a $40,710 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.581 out of every 1000 jobs in Grand Rapids are held by special education teachers, secondary school, and 0.839/1000 are held by special education teachers, middle school.
Of the 2 special education schools in Grand Rapids, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Calvin College comes out as the most expensive ($23,575/yr) for special education students, with Aquinas College as the lowest, reported at only $16,283/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Grand Rapids|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||50.6 miles|
|East Lansing||MI||45,575||2||19.4594||4||61.7 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||76.9 miles|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||91.8 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||93.9 miles|
|University Center||MI||-||2||19.8891||261||94.1 miles|