Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1971

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Hyrum S. Henderson

Second Committee Member

Jerry DiMinico

Third Committee Member

Sam Rust Jr.


There seems a need for educational research to find if special education teachers have unique behavioral traits in dealing with children in the classroom. Many studies have been conducted with this general goal in mind. Unfortunately, most of the studies have dealt with such things as personality traits, attitudes, and characteristics. The purpose of this study was to determine if there are any significant differences among experienced special education teachers and experienced regular classroom teachers on seven teaching traits. It was hoped that this investigation would point out some behaviors unique to special education teachers since it is believed by many educators that it takes someone with unique traits to be a special education teacher.