Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Mignard, Michael


The National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES, n.d.) reports the “2016–17 ACGR (adjusted cohort graduation rate) for all students was 84.6 percent.” Emotional/Behavioral Disorder (E/BD) students are the lowest to graduate that has a disability. As of right now, 40% of the students labeled with E/BD graduate from school which is far below the national average (University of New Hampshire, 2014). Suicide is the number two killer of individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 which is a preventable death (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.) Harvard University (2019) reports that one caring and supportive adult can positively impact and forever change the direction of a student’s life. Teacher-student relationships matter because the student can have numerous negative unhealthy relationships; however, the student only needs one caring, supportive and healthy relationship to forever change the outcome in a student’s life. Teacher-student relationships are so powerful they can impact a student’s motivation and self-worth which directly impacts academic and behavioral outcomes. Positive teacher-student relationships not only will have an impact on academic and behavior outcomes for the student, it just might save a life.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis