Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Karin Farrington


The landscape of educational models to service students receiving special education services is changing rapidly. Districts, schools, and individual teachers are welcoming a more diverse set of students and families into their classrooms. In order to meet a wider and more complex set of student needs, educators are finding that traditional school models are not always sufficient to reach each and every student. As such, alternative educational models are a growing consideration for both research and pedagogical practice. Spurred on in part by the necessity of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, several of these alternative models are seeing wider and more rapid acceptance within districts. This thesis will focus on exploring three of the more common alternative educational models currently utilized to service students in special education. These models are online learning, hybrid learning, and finally, the charter school model. This thesis will consider these models from the lens of an educator teaching students in special education, with an emphasis on application of these models within the classroom.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis