Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Educational Leadership: Special Education Administration (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Cynthia (Smith) Williams

Academic Year



Students with emotional impairments (EI) often experience poor academic outcomes due to their impeding social, emotional, and behavioral needs and a significant achievement gap exists between students with emotional impairments and their non-disabled peers across all academic content areas (Popham et al., 2018). Overall, the research indicates that students with emotional impairments benefit from evidence-based practices in the general education setting such as positive behavior support plans, positive reinforcement, self-monitoring strategies, and peer mentors. A guide for the implementation of evidence-based practices and accommodations to support students with emotional impairments to engage with peers and in the general education curriculum is provided.