Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


The number of school-aged children living below the poverty line continues to increase in the United States. This group of children are at a serious disadvantage in school and with their development. Children that grow up in a family with a low-Socioeconomic status, tend to have lower levels of academic achievement. There are factors within the school environment and outside of the school environment that play a key role in the development and achievement levels of school-aged children. Schools and teachers need to be trained to work with these students. School may be the only support system some children have and they need to feel welcome at school. Support at home and school are an important part of development. There are governmental programs in place to make sure all children have a right to an equal education, but they are not working effectively. Schools and communities should provide more intervention services to help disadvantaged children.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis