Bethlehem has a total population of 71,329 and a student population of 20,642. Of these students, 6,996 are enrolled in schools that offer special education programs.
Of the 1 special education schools in Bethlehem, the largest special education school, by student population, is Lehigh University. In 2010, Lehigh University graduated approximately 36 students from its special education program.
In 2010, 36 students graduated with a special education degree from one of Bethlehem's special education schools. In 2009 tuition at special education schools in Bethlehem was $38,630 per year, on average.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,000 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a special education program in Bethlehem. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $10,200 per year, on average, for room and board at Bethlehem-based special education schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many special education graduates choose to work as special education professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Bethlehem, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 11,700 special education professionals in Pennsylvania. Of these special education professionals, 750 were working in the greater Bethlehem area. The government projects that the number of special education professionals in Bethlehem will increase by 7% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for special education professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a special education professional in Bethlehem is $55,200 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for special education professionals.