Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliot;


Co-teaching is an educational practice that emerged in the early 1970’s with the creation of the IDEA act. In this inclusive teaching model, a special education and a general education teacher work together to share responsibilities of the classroom such as planning lessons, monitoring student progress, and managing student behaviors and learning. While some teachers are not able to implement this strategy successfully, other teachers and schools find great success in this inclusive practice. Studies indicate that teachers struggle with co-teaching when they do not communicate adequately or are not given the proper training or time to collaborate. Teachers who were successful in co-teaching were given adequate time and training to collaborate, used their planning time to discuss classroom norms and responsibilities, and communicated effectively. Students benefitted from a co-taught class through increased access to teacher feedback, the ability to group based on needs, and by working with other students in a collaborative model.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis