Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Bergeland, John


Location impacts the quality of education a student receives. Specifically in rural areas, the challenges that students face are unique to their location. The purpose of this literature review on locational disparity in rural education was to understand the complex problems facing rural students and educators. Resource inequities, lower population across an expansive area, and high poverty impact the educational achievement, postsecondary attainment, as well as the special education and gifted programs in these schools. These aspects were analyzed as they paint a cumulative picture of the rural educational experience. As a quarter of the United States population lives in rural areas, it is crucial to understand these issues in order to solve the problems facing these areas.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis