Title

Analyzing Effects of SEL Curriculum of Elementary Students with Disabilities

Date of Award

Winter 12-15-2022

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson

Abstract

Abstract

The interest in Social Emotional Learning is rising as behavior and mental health concerns continue to increase in schools. This project analyzed the effects of a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Be Good People, on two 3rd-grade students receiving special education services. The two areas of focus were self-management and relationship skills as these two SEL competencies were directly related to each student's individualized education plan (IEP) goals. Each lesson was explicitly taught following the method provided by the curriculum. Data was gathered through progress monitoring, anecdotal notes, and teacher input. The results showed an increase in students' self-management and relationship skills. When SEL instruction is explicitly taught, it can positively affect students' social and emotional competence.

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