Co-teaching: How and Where to Begin in a Middle School

Date of Award

Fall 12-9-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


co-teaching, collaboration, middle school, co-planning, co-assessment, co-instruction


In 2004 the Individuals Education with Disabilities Act (IDEA) provided a directive that public agencies needed to educate children with disabilities alongside children who do not have a disability. This needed to occur in the least restrictive environment possible. The purpose of this was to allow students with disabilities to be in the general education classroom as much as possible because when students are pulled out of class they are missing academics and social opportunities with their peers. Co-teaching is an instructional strategy that allows for students with disabilities to stay in their classroom while still receiving the support they need to be successful.

My project addressed the different portions that are needed in order to implement co-teaching successfully. It also provided the literature and research to support the different portions. Within my project different pieces that were discussed were collaboration, co-planning, co-instruction and co-assessment. The purpose of this project was to provide a guide to co-teaching for a middle school setting. Schools would be able to use this project as a way to begin co-teaching within their school and look at the specific benefits it can provide to middle school students.

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