Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charels


According to the National Center for Special Education, there has been an increase in the past few decades in the amount of students with dyslexia who have enrolled in higher education programs.This includes two year, four year, and technical programs. With an increase of enrollment, there has also been a push for the inclusion and support of these students. Higher education programs have had to increase their attempts to integrate these students into the general population. Adaptations and modifications are used to help these students access higher education at the same level of their non-disabled peers. The successfulness of these supports varies in the eyes of the students and the institutions they are enrolled in. The impacts of both the students’ disability and the levels of support that are provided by their school have long lasting effects on the students. These effects have been recorded as both empirical and statistical evidence. These impacts are both positive and negative. Due to change in legislation and the increased likelihood of students with disability enrolled in programs past high school, there has been an increase in interest on how Specific Learning Disabilities, specifically Dyslexia, positively and negatively affect the abilities and successfulness of the learners in a higher education setting.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis