Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott;


More recently than ever, teachers are witnessing an uptick in aggressive behaviors and emotional dysregulation and decreased academic engagement within their classroom walls. This can impact the learning environments of all students and hinder academic achievement. Currently, a push for including a social-emotional curriculum in schools that encourages mindfulness, awareness, and behavior regulation has been prevalent in education to attempt to combat the increase in behaviors and disengagement in academic content. Research has shown that different types of mindfulness interventions that include meditation and movement have been suggested to yield positive outcomes in helping students overcome dysregulation, perceived stress levels, and declining academic performance. Not only can students benefit from mindfulness practices, but also educators. When mindfulness is practiced by a teacher, teacher burnout, excessive stress levels, and effective classroom management can be a result of creating learning environments that are meeting the current needs of our children.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis