Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Judith J. Ivarie


Problems exist which interfer with the ability to provide consistent and appropriate educational services to students identified as behavior disordered. These problems involve the inability to provide an educationally relevant label and definition on the federal level, the inability to define and describe the types of services or interventions beneficial to these students and the inability of some districts to comply with minimum federal regulations due to demographic variables. This study obtained special educators’ responses regarding service delivery characteristics and compared these responses by average daily attendance of all students in a district. Results indicated that services provided by districts with an average daily attendance of less than 1,000 students differed from larger districts in the areas of teacher certification, employer source, the number of districts enrolling students in a service, the number of students enrolled in a service and districts’ utilization of resource service, self-contained classes in regular schools, and homebound services.