Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser;


Self-determination is an important skill for all students, but a necessity that students identified as having a disability and receiving special education skills develop throughout their lifespan and prior to leaving the comforts of high school for future success. Self-determination is the idea that an individual possesses the combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that allow them to take on and engage in goal-directed, self-regulated, autonomous behaviors. For students to gain these skills they need to be emphasized and taught by the different people in their lives, including but not limited to parents, general and special education staff and various other school staff. Once taught, students need to be provided opportunities to practice these skills in real-life situations to show what they know. This will also continue to build the students confidence in using their self-determination skills in the future when parents and other adult supporters may not be available.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis