Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles


This researcher has been a teacher in special education for almost four years and this is the first year working as a Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) teacher. However, most of the work has been as an Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD) teacher. Becoming a special education teacher is an important step in supporting young African American students in the United States. African American boys are over represented in this country for special education services. As an African American male it holds great impact and influence for students to see someone that looks themselves. Further this researcher mainly has worked in setting III programs and have dealt with some highly behavioral students. The biggest and most alarming factor is the students on my caseloads were predominantly African American boys no matter what the school or district. This researcher has also worked in inner city schools but mostly suburban schools and the same result happened with African American students receiving services at the schools even if the school was predominantly European American students.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis