Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2020


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Major Professor

Angela Prince

Second Major Professor

Anne Foegen


Master of Education (MEd)




A need exists to provide professional development (PD) to paraprofessionals to ensure they are adequately and appropriately prepared and trained to work with students with disabilities (Individuals with Disabilities Act, 2004). The purpose of this study was to examine the needs for training of elementary paraprofessionals in order to tailor professional development around things that are applicable to their daily job requirements. A survey was sent to paraprofessionals and special education teachers in order to inform the training needs of paraprofessionals. Participants identified that paraprofessionals needed PD around strategies for managing behavior, supervising students, student behavior intervention plans, and supporting student learning. Additionally, when professional development was given around the topics identified, paraprofessionals perceived the training was more applicable to their position. This information may allow schools to find ways to enhance the professional development of paraprofessionals that will be tailored to meet their specific needs. It will also provide school and district leaders with the necessary information to create, plan, and implement future professional development training for paraprofessionals.

Copyright Owner

Foster, Courtney

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