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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

J. Michael Pickle

Second Advisor

Bradley Kaffar

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

Co-teaching, Special Education


In 1994, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) determined that students with disabilities should receive their education in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and should be integrated with their nondisabled peers in the general education classroom to the greatest extent possible (Murawaski & Dieker, 2008). The guiding principle was that being in a general education setting helps students learn what their peers are learning in the classroom. To fulfill the placement goals of IDEA, co-teaching has been promulgated as a teaching model that can ensure students with disabilities have access to the same core curriculum as their peers. Co-teaching is an approach that allows students with disabilities to receive the necessary support to meet their individual needs in the general education setting.



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