Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (Ed.S.)


College of Education

First Advisor

Cynthia Smith

Second Advisor

Nagnon Diarrassouba

Third Advisor

Cathy Meyer-Looze


This study uses quantitative data analysis to reveal Michigan building principals’ selfefficacy dependent on number of years on the job and types of certification they hold. These findings reveal the need for principals to have more opportunities to better understand this special population they are leading and are responsible for. Albert Bandura has established much research on self-efficacy and cognitive theory. Applying that research to that of principal responsibility reveals a need for more knowledge and confidence in the area of Special Education. Principals report that this area is not addressed formally in their certification journey and the need to learn more is imperative.