Mary Sunisloe

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Special Education

Committee Member

Derrick Fries, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Phillip Smith, PhD


This research study looks at the preparation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers working with students who have special needs. If the CTE teachers have been prepared through formal education and updated training, participate in the IEP process, and have access to and use goals and objectives of students who have IEPs, then CTE teachers will feel prepared to work with students who have special needs. Specifically this study looked at three areas: how much formal education CTE teachers had as well as up-dated training for working with students who have special needs within the last twelve months; if CTE teachers had participated in the individual education plan (IEP) process for students’ within their program, and if they had access to the IEP to meet the students goals and objectives.