Barriers in Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students: A Qualitative Case Study

Barriers in Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students: A Qualitative Case Study

Author: 
Zoee Bartholomew
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
Special education students’ needs are not consistently being met in special education programs. This qualitative single case study explored special education programs based on a county education program serving multiple school districts in Northern California. The qualitative approach was selected to explore and identify potential themes in special education programs affecting special education students’ needs not being met consistently. There were 14 themes found in this study, which appeared to be potential barriers impacting students’ needs from being met consistently. The study utilized both a theoretical and conceptual framework for the study. There were 8 recommendations provided to help this educational agency begin to address these barriers within their special education programs. A leadership model was developed to help the educational agency identify a defined leadership style to use in their special education programs. Additionally, educational leaders in the United States could use these findings to begin evaluating special education programs.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this study to all students’ with disabilities continuing to be under served in the United States education system and being rejected throughout the world.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to acknowledge everyone that has supported and encouraged me throughout this dissertation process. I completed this dissertation by keeping this scripture in the forefront of my mind: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, Romans 12:12 NIV.”