Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Bonawitz, Katie


This thesis reviews current literature regarding the training of paraprofessionals working in the field of special education. The questions guiding the review centered on whether a need for paraprofessional training exists, what are the current training methods being employed, and what training methods are effective in improving paraprofessional performance. Results of the literature review found that an ongoing need for paraprofessional training exists and that there are a variety of training models currently in use that are bringing about improvements in paraprofessional performance. The author puts forward the Paraprofessional Training Program (PTP) as a model for effectively addressing the training needs of paraprofessionals.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis