Alan T. Demaret

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

EdD Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




David Hvidston, Chair

Second Advisor

Courtney Ann McKim, Co-Chair

Third Advisor

Peter Moran, Outside Member

Fourth Advisor

Tiffany Dobler, Member


The purpose of this quantitative study was to understand if principals from this rural southwest Wyoming district are prepared and equipped to supervise special education teachers. The complexities and variability of the tasks that are being asked from our special education teachers raise questions about how special education teachers are supervised. Findings show that building principals did not believe that their preparation program provided them enough coursework and/or experiences to supervise special education teachers, and that the evaluation tool the district currently uses does not afford them the opportunity to appropriately supervise special education teachers. Findings also revealed that, while the district had provided opportunities for professional development in regards to special education, additional professional development in the areas of compliance and special education programming is necessary; yet, with each of those concerns highlighted, all building principals believed that they were able to determine if a special education teacher is an effective teacher.

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