Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


This literature review with application thesis examines functional daily living and adaptive behavior skills teaching methods utilizing a community-based instructional approach for students with disabilities. The literature review data and supplemental research-based educational practices provides the foundation for the Independent Living Skills Curriculum designed for students with varied disabilities in grades 9-12. The curriculum introduces intentional instruction in units that begin with foundational skills and scaffold until students can generalize skills for community engagement and independent living. The curriculum targets functional skills in communication, reading, writing, social awareness, and problem solving while implementing research-based instructional methods that address the National Transition and Minnesota English Language Standards.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis