Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles


In special education there are a variety of settings in which school staff services a population of students who have a wide variety of ages and ability levels. While working closely with these students, these educators may be put at risk themselves by being verbally, emotionally, and physically abused by their students, without receiving the appropriate support and resources that they need from their building administrators. This thesis will shed light on the potentially dangerous situations school staff can face while working with more aggressive students who have special needs and focus on the laws and regulations that currently protect both staff and students who are in these special education settings. This research will also address the importance of administrative support towards their building staff who work with students with high behavior needs, and how that support can positively impact both the educators as well as the students themselves.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis