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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Second Advisor

Ming Chi Own

Third Advisor

Marc Markell

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Keywords and Subject Headings

ECSE, inclusion, non-inclusion, special education, early childhood


Inclusion and non-inclusion are two very common models used in the early childhood education

profession. Given the two models, it is unclear currently how to decide what setting would best

benefit a student. Is non-inclusion a better option for a student with social-emotional deficits?

Or perhaps they would better benefit from typical peer models in an inclusive setting. The

following research was designed to survey early childhood educators and ask what

qualifications, strengths, and deficits would lead them to place a student in an inclusive early

childhood classroom. With a small number of respondents, data showed that many educators

seemed to have no preference as to what developmental area the strengths or deficits

emerged. Further, educators seemed to be unclear as to what skill levels would determine a

non-inclusive or inclusive preschool placement.


The following research is dedicated to my loving parents and brother, Owen, Kristine, and Andrew Kosloski. Without them, I would have never pursued and persisted with my dreams of not only becoming an early childhood special education teacher but also completing research that is critically important to a position that is so meaningful to me. My inspiration guiding me towards the field of Early Childhood Special Education derives from my loving relationship with my late aunt Tricia Olson who had Down Syndrome and the kindest heart. Thank you to all of you for never giving up on me, even when I most certainly gave up on myself- this is for you.