Early Childhood Special Education: Service Model Advantages, Challenges, and Decision Making

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa


Early Childhood Special Education, inclusion, service models, ECSE


Early Childhood Special Education is an ever changing field. The purpose of this research was to investigate how services are provided to students, specifically aged 3-5. This qualitative research design used interviews and surveys to gather information about how decisions are made, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods of service provision. The research investigated aspects of the inclusion of children identified with disabilities with their typically developing peers and focused on how attitudes, resources, and curriculum impacted service models and how decisions were made. The study began by determining what types of service models are used across six school districts in rural Minnesota. From there, special education coordinators, early childhood special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists were interviewed. Following the interviews, the researcher analyzed data to determine advantages and challenges of service models, how attitudes, resources, and curriculum impacted service delivery, and how decisions were made.

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