Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dawn Basinger


iii ABSTRACT The purpose of this research study was to analyze the role of school leaders in the implementation of co-teaching as an instructional model on teacher collaboration and academic outcomes for students with disabilities. Federal guidelines and provisions forged the increase of mainstreaming students with disabilities into the full inclusion setting. As a result, school administrators are increasingly implementing co-teaching as an instructional model to provide opportunities to access the general education curriculum while receiving special education supports and services in the full inclusion setting. A mix-method study of semi-structured interviews with school leaders and coteachers and data analyses of LEAP 2025 scores were evaluated at six middle schools. Results indicated an increase in teacher collaboration and improvements for students with disabilities. The research intent was to contribute to the school administrators' role in the co-teaching process and forge further discussion of co-teaching as a pedagogical model in education reform.