Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmer, Lisa


The objective of this thesis is to find the best research-based practices available for the twice exceptional learner. Twice exceptional learners are a growing percentage of the population in the academic community, and yet educators are greatly unprepared to work with these students. Through literary reviewed studies and research, it became possible to identify useful information as to how to educate and prepare teachers to work with twice exceptional learners. These literature reviewed studies and research demonstrated that twice exceptional students need a person-centered approach that is also able to meet their unique social and emotional needs. These literature reviewed studies and research also demonstrated that twice exceptional students who fit into both gifted and special education labels are successful when their areas of special education needs are getting met without hindering the area that makes them gifted. Through Lee’s 2019 study, we learn that the state of Colorado implemented a twice exceptional training program that taught educators how to use effective teaching strategies such as RTI, SEM and MPPM. The full breakdown of this training can be viewed in Appendix C. Positive results from this study show that there is a path to incorporate adequate training to educators around the country to work effectively with twice exceptional learners.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis