Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


In recent years, policy concerns have regarded over-representation of minority students in special education as a problem in schools across the United States. While over-representation may be an issue for some racial groups, there is a lurking problem of inequality in the accessibility of education for certain students. The literature reviews various topics related to the impact poverty can have on learning trajectories including intersecting racial inequalities and disproportionality in special education, successful interventions in high-poverty schools, and limits to accessing special education services. The literature highlights the potentially unmet needs of students living in poverty of varying racial and ethnic groups and the trends in student services based on school-wide and individual demographics.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis