Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Mrozinski, Jan


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a multi-tiered system of support for addressing discipline problems in schools through proactive and positive discipline procedures, guided by evidenced-based behavioral interventions across a continuum based on student need. Within the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there was a mandate for PBIS and functional behavior assessments to be utilized with students with disabilities. Schools have since made the shift toward creating school-wide PBIS or commonly known as School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (SWPBIS) to support behavior for all students, not only those with disabilities. In this shift, the ability for students with significant disabilities to access all levels of this programming has decreased, excluding them from being meaningfully included in all tiers of SWPBIS programs. For SWPBIS to be equitable to all, adaptations need to be made to ensure all students have access to all tiers of the program based on their level of need, not simply their disability label or lack thereof.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis