Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Mrozinski, Jan


Student success is the goal for educators around the world. Implementing Choice Theory and Restitution can greatly increase a student’s chances of academic success. William Glasser's Choice Theory talks about the five basic needs all humans have, which are, survival, power, belonging, fun, and freedom. When these five needs are met students are able to be successful academically and will help students feel a part of their school community. Other benefits to students' needs being met are the ability for students to become intrinsically motivated, increase self-esteem, and perseverance which can lead to happiness throughout their lives. The studies measured student success through analyzing attendance records, Grade Point Averages (GPAs), increased student engagement, and a decrease in behavior referrals. Studies have been conducted in schools around the world looking at the implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory and Restitution, and the positive correlation with students' success at school.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis