Document Type

Special Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education


Professional Studies


Special Education

First Advisor

Jane M. Leatherman

Committee Members

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

Date of Award



This study aims to understand Secondary General Education teachers’, 9th through 12th grade teachers of subjects such as math, English science, etc., perceptions and approaches to students with ED. A mixed methods approach was used to survey General Education teachers in a Midwestern high school.

General education teachers did not feel adequately prepared to meet the needs of students with an Emotional Disability. Teachers identified many challenges in working with students with ED. Teachers identified how to keep these students engaged in the classroom and interested in learning as a struggle. They also acknowledged the managing the classroom after an outburst from the student as a struggle.


emotional disabilities, general education teachers, special education, teaching strategies, teacher attitudes


Accessibility | Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Educational Methods