Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Katy Tresco, PhD

Second Advisor

Virginia Salzer, PhD

Third Advisor

Eniola Ajayi, PhD


The inclusion model is being implemented on a national scale in response to the United States Department of Education’s mandate that all pupils with special needs be integrated into the general education classroom. For the inclusion model to yield adequate yearly progress for all pupils, it must be appropriately applied. Research has indicated that an important factor in adequate implementation is an understanding of teachers’ initial attitudes concerning inclusion. The propose of this study is to survey the receptiveness of kindergarten through high school special and general education teachers in an urban New Jersey school district concerning inclusion. More specifically, the study will examine: (a) teachers’ receptiveness; (b) the foundation of teachers’ attitudes, knowledge, and experiences that shape their views; and (c) the identification of future training, strategies and interventions