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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper



Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

Frances Kayona

Second Advisor

Ahmet Simsar

Third Advisor

Ana Welu

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

English Language Learner, Early Childhood Special Education, Dual Language Learner, Family Relationships, Special Education


This study is vital due to increasing number of English Language Learners and the negative impacts that it has on families, students and educators. This study examines the policies and procedures used to evaluate and identify English Language Learners. This study further examines the challenges teachers are facing with the misidentification of English Language Learners in special education. This study also details the challenges students face with being misidentified as English Language Learners in special education. It examines at what grade level misidentification is most likely to occur and overall, why it is occurring. The results of this study will help early childhood educators be aware of ways in which they can partner with families when working with young English Language Learners and minimize the misidentification of English Language Learners in special education.