Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Karrin Farrington;


Students with disabilities struggle more than students without disabilities to graduate high school as well as finding a good paying job after high school. With the implementation of the IDEA act of 1975, there have been many different theories on what can help students with disabilities become contributing members of society. With CTE (career and technical education) courses being an option in more school districts, it is viable for case managers to consider the beneficial opportunities for their students to choose a path to success. With increasing data that students with disabilities often have greater success in a hands-on course, it is also becoming evident that this success leads students to be more likely to graduate from high school. When students with disabilities earn a high school diploma with real world work skills and training, it gives them a greater opportunity to be a successful member of the community and a sense of accomplishment. This thesis will discuss different pathways and opportunities that students with disabilities have and how CTE courses can give them a better chance of earning a high school diploma and gaining a good job or career from it.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis