Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


Preschool Teachers, Special Education, Professional Development, Developmental Delay, Early Childhood


Snider (2021) A Guide for Preschool General Education Teachers to Identify and Support Children with Developmental Delays

It is essential to identify areas of professional development that educators need in order to effectively teach children. Professional development strengthens teachers knowledge and equips them with skills that will improve teaching practice and child achievement. This study looked at preschool general educator areas of weakness. The information that was obtained was used to create a professional development guide to enhance weakness areas. The results show that preschool general education teachers needed further information on identifying and supporting children with developmental delays. In order to enhance teacher confidence and competence in meeting the needs of students with disabilities, it is important to include teachers in the planning and development process. Ensuring that teachers understand how information connects to their work within the classroom will ultimately benefit student learning.