Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Donna Brown



The Second Step curriculum is used to teach students the necessary social/emotional learning skill set to be successful in any future environment/setting. In this study, the Second Step curriculum’s effectiveness was measured based on student responsiveness and utilization of the skills taught. The research question for this study is: What is the impact of the Second Step curriculum on social/emotional development on first graders? The Second Step curriculum was taught four times to the whole class throughout the duration of the study. Observational notes were taken on five students who were strategically chosen based on previous observations. The observational notes were taken once every morning and once every afternoon throughout the duration of the study. The results were consistent with the literature. As more Second Step lessons were taught, the students’ challenging behavior decreased, while the time they followed school expectations increased. The results of this study match the overall consensus of the Second Step curriculum: it is beneficial.