Document Type

Special Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education


Professional Studies


Special Education

First Advisor

Rama Cousik, PhD, Chair

Committee Members

Rama Cousik, PhD, Chair, Jeong-il Cho, PhD, Jane M. Leatherman, PhD,

Date of Award



Classrooms teachers of students with Emotional Disabilities tend to focus on correcting student behaviors at the cost of academic instruction. Most teachers hold the student responsible for their actions instead of examining their own instructional practices. Through modeling, teachers can help a student succeed by enabling replacement of negative behaviors with an appropriate, positive behavior. It is also expected that teachers create a positive environment by how they conduct their classrooms through effective classroom management. The researcher will be teaching a Social Skills lesson for students with ED and will aim to exhibit exemplary behavior. Teachers will also be surveyed about their perceptions about what students' need to succeed. The final product will be a manual for all teachers to use to promote positive behaviors for all students.


Special Education and Teaching