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



Since the reauthorization of Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) in 2004 there has been a steady increase of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) in the general education classroom. Many general education teachers have been trained to work with groups of students across a variety of content domains, with little focus on the specialized instruction of students with EBD. In turn, students with EBD are not making sufficient academic progress due to a lack of consensus among educators about appropriate strategies. This special project discusses the importance of understanding students with EBD and the strategies to assist them in the general education classroom. For this project general education teachers were given a needs based assessment survey to identify their perceptions and understanding of students with EBD and the tools used to educate students with EBD. The findings from the literature review and data from this research results in a handbook that emphasizes the needs and characteristics of students with EBD, the importance of on-going professional development, and the instructional benefits of collaboration amongst educators, families, and other health providers.


Special Education and Teaching