Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Reginald Leon Green

Committee Member

Donald Hopper

Committee Member

William Hunter

Committee Member

Steven Nelson


The purpose of this study was to examine the supervision of special education instruction in urban public elementary schools by interviewing three principals regarding their roles in the supervisory process. Through these interviews the researcher attempted to identify concepts or themes that might guide principals in identifying effective strategies for supervising special education teachers and programs within urban schools. The review of literature within this topic yielded several related themes including current special education legislation, the skills needed by principals to supervise special education teachers, school principal preparation and training, and supervisory processes. This study was qualitative in nature and utilized a case study method to examine the principal's role in supervision of special education instruction in urban school settings. It investigated the central processes involved in the supervision of special education instruction, needs that are addressed by the process of supervision, circumstances that cause supervision to be conducted the way it is, and elements that are considered barriers to the implementation of special education instruction. The research topic, the overarching research question, and the four sub-research questions yielded five major themes. The themes emerging from the study represented the competencies principals need in order to provide effective supervision for special education programs within schools.


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.