Date of Award

Summer 8-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Dr. Hollie Filce

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Dr. David Daves

Committee Member 2 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 3

Dr. Rose Jones

Committee Member 3 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 4

Dr. Julie Parker

Committee Member 5

Dr. James T. Johnson

Abstract

This study examined the factors influencing parental selection of early childhood education programs for their children with and without disabilities. Factors explored were severity of disability, parental choice in programming, inclusion, parental satisfaction, type of disability, and availability of programs that take part in early childhood education. Parents with at least one child with a disability and one child without a disability age eight or younger participated in this study by responding to items from a researcher-adapted instrument. Though no findings were statistically significant, conclusions drawn both support the literature and suggest that parents want the same programming for their children, regardless of disability. Implications are described for early childhood education providers, parents, and higher education personnel. Future research concepts, including specific attention to geography, are recommended.