Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Special Education (B.S.Ed.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Meca Williams-Johnson


This research explored how the changing standards have influenced special education teachers’ efforts to meet the needs of their students, and the teachers’ perceptions of the consistent changes in standards. A narrative, qualitative design was used, which involved eight participant interviews. In each interview, the participants answered questions pertaining to their level of comfort teaching the Common Core Standards and Georgia Standards of Excellence, whether or not they received professional development on the standards, and what they think of the new standards. Currently, there is a paucity of research regarding teacher’s perspectives on curriculum standards, and this research project fills the gap.