West Chester has a total population of 17,861 and a student population of 14,211. Of these students, 14,211 are enrolled in schools that offer special education programs.
West Chester's largest special education school is West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, West Chester University of Pennsylvania graduated approximately 106 students from its special education program.
In 2010, 111 students graduated with a special education degree from one of West Chester's special education schools. If you decide to attend one of West Chester's special education schools, you can expect to pay an average of $19,967 per year in instate tuition and $28,299 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,320 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a special education program in West Chester. And if you live on campus at one of the West Chester-based special education schools, you will have an added expense of $7,214 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,939.
If you plan on staying in West Chester after graduating from special education school, you should know that job prospects for special education professionals in West Chester, which is the most popular special education profession, are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 3 special education professionals in Pennsylvania were working in the greater West Chester area. West Chester's special education professional workforce is projected to increase by 7% by the year 2018. This projected 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 West Chester is $55,980 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for special education professionals.