Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Karin Farrington


The number of children experiencing traumatic events is occurring at an alarming rate. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), more than two-thirds of children in the United States are going to or have already experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. Students with special education needs are also experiencing this trauma at high rates. These students that are experiencing different types of trauma are then carrying this trauma with them into schools and classrooms. Trauma affects the brain and also influences the way that students can learn and behave in the classroom. Teachers have a major impact on the success students will experience in the classroom. There is a great need for teachers to be informed about trauma and the impact it has on all students and their ability to learn and behave in the classroom. Trauma-Informed Teaching has shown to have a positive impact on students ability to function and learn in a classroom setting. This thesis will focus on Trauma-Informed Teaching and the impact it has specifically on students with special education needs in a classroom and school setting.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis