Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1971

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Dohn A. Miller

Second Committee Member

Ted Cooper

Third Committee Member

Sam Rust Jr.


The cooperative program now has been in operation six years, long enough for both parties to have experienced success and also frustration in their efforts to mold a true partnership. Ten separate programs now operate within this framework; however different personnel and philosophies shape each program in distinctive ways. In any program demanding cooperation between not only individuals but also separate agencies, success or failure is partly dependent upon how well objectives can be shaped for the common good. The intent of this study is to explore how well this shaping process is proceeding, to what degree objectives are cooperatively developed, what aspects of the cooperative agreement are succeeding or failing, in what manner the program is being evaluated, and if the program needs to be redesigned to meet certain needs. The study is designed purposely in a descriptive fashion in expectation that such an approach will indicate areas needing more extensive research. Hopefully, the summary and recommendations herein developed will serve as part of the groundwork for future improvement of services to the secondary level handicapped student in our public schools.