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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Floyd W. Ayers

Second Advisor

Jerene D. Mortenson

Third Advisor

Jerry Wellik

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This study examined student teachers' perception,of their training program coverage of knowledge and skills necessary to accommodate handicapped students in the regular classroom. Students indicated through surveys the degree of coverage of skills and knowledge and whether they felt sufficient knowledge was obtained. The return rate was 53% with scores ranging from 22% to 72% across both measures.

Elementary majors and students with at least one course in special education were more positive about their training programs. Secondary majors and students with no special education.course work were less positive about their training programs. The data demonstrated that even with a mandated emphasis on mainstreaming handicapped children in the schools, regular classroom teachers lack preservice preparation to work with these students.


I would like to express my appreciation to the following people for assisting me in completion of this study. Special thanks are due to my adviser, Dr. Floyd Ayers, for his continuing encouragement, assistance,. and unique sense of humor.

Special thanks to my closest friend, Greg, for his support and understanding in completing this study.

Finally, thanks to Jesse and Dylan for giving up some special time so that I could achieve this goal.

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