The Perceptions of Parents Related to the Special Education Process in a Rural Maine Public School

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to explore parent and guardian feelings and perceptions of the special education process. Through the use of a cross sectional survey design, school leaders were provided with information needed to modify current practices to increase parent and guardian engagement in the special education process. Overall, parents and guardians reported mostly positive feelings as their child was going through the referral process. Through the use of open ended questions, parents revealed that communication, increased inclusionary services, and compassion were major themes impacting how they felt after special education services had begun.


Affiliation: Milford School Department

Cohort: UMF Campus Cohort