Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Donna Patterson

Second Advisor

Christine Peper

Third Advisor

Claud Allaire


Research indicates students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) struggle with their transition from high school onward. Students who once received services, now on their own, are left poorly equipped for success. Studies show these students often have low rates of participation in post-secondary schooling, high rates of unemployment, and high rates of incarceration or involvement in crime. Though studies show these young adults struggle after high school, very programs have been implemented to improve their chances for success. The following Leadership Application Project (LAP) was developed in an effort to create a transition curriculum for Vessey Leadership Academy, a school in West St. Paul, Minnesota, that serves a large population of students who are labeled with EBD. This study contains a project proposal, a literature review of related studies, a description of the process the author went through to create the LAP project, a description of the curriculum, a critical assessment of the project, a critical reflection of the author's growth as an educator through completion of this project, and finally, a section of future implications for use of the project at Vessey Leadership Academy.


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