Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)




Schools and governments across the United States are trying to figure out how best to educate students with special needs. Several schools have turned away from mainstreaming students and are now implementing an inclusive education program. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the history of the full inclusion model; summarize the literature on the advantages and disadvantages of the full inclusion model; identify the components of inclusion; describe an informal sunrey (given to teachers from two different schools) used to determine what teachers need to know about the full inclusion model; and present the results of the teacher survey. Employing all of the above, along with administrative feedback, an inclusion manual was developed and is included in this paper. The goal of this paper is to show that an inclusive model is the best way to educate students with special education needs because it promotes them to learn in their least restrictive environment.


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