Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard;


Disproportionality in special education has been discussed, written about among scholars, authors, and has been debated in courts for over four decades. Minority groups that are most often referred to in this context are African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Disproportionate representation means that the percentage of these groups in special education differs significantly in proportion to their percentage enrollment in the general school population. This paper discusses the over-representation of children of color, particularly African Americans, in some special education disability categories, such as learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis