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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Marc Markell

Second Advisor

Ramon Serrano

Creative Commons License

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

Keywords and Subject Headings

School Resource Officer; SRO; Special Education; Roles; Presences; Training


A number of theoretical and applied outcomes may emerge from the findings of this paper. First, better specialized training for SROs when engaging with students with disabilities may be developed. Second, school personnel may understand the efficacy of SROs when student behaviors escalate. Third, ways for improving the actions of SROs during severe behavioral episodes may be identified. Finally, positive behavioral interventions for SROs may be identified.

I work closely with SROs in our building, and they have brought up concerns about when to intervene, specifically with students who are diagnosed with ASD who are non-verbal. Additional training for all officers would be very beneficial. Specialized training in mental illness and with behavioral disorders may benefit the officers when they perform duties in the broader community.


Thank you to James Pickle, Marc Markell and Ramon Serrano. You all made this experience less stressful and have were helpful each and every step of the way. Thank you again!



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