Date Approved

5-2-1996

Embargo Period

8-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Elementary school teachers--Attitudes; Special education teachers--Attitudes; Teachers--Certification

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of regular and special education teachers towards dual certification. In this study the attitudes of elementary, special and dual certified teachers are compared.

An attitude survey designed by the researcher was administered to 62 subjects. From this population, approximately 31 of the subjects were certified as regular education teachers, 17 were certified as special education teachers and 14 were certified in both special and regular education.

Tests of significance and percentages of subjects responses were conducted to analyze the data. Also, a Scheffe F-test was conducted to determine precisely which groups were significantly different.

The results indicate that the dual certified teachers had a more favorable attitude towards present teachers becoming dual certified than the elementary and the special education teachers.

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