Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two special education schools within its city limits. Lewis & Clark College, the highest ranked school in the city with a special education program, has a total student population of 3,523. It is the 127th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College). To learn more about special education programs in Portland, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of special education professors at Lewis & Clark College such as Brynna Hurwitz.
Special Education students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 490 employed special education teachers, middle school earning an average salary of $51,590. Special education teachers, secondary school in this area earn $53,920/yr and there are 1,010 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.012 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by special education teachers, secondary school, and 0.493/1000 are held by special education teachers, middle school.
Of the 2 special education schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for special education students, with Portland State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|