Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dodie Limberg


Students with emotional/behavioral disorders have identified disruptive behaviors that negatively impact their academic performance. The US Department of Education and the American School Counselor Association have supported the use of school-wide Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to reinforce pro-social behaviors for all students, but to also ensure the development of targeted and intensive interventions for students who need more support. As stakeholders, school counselors are often involved in the development and implementation of MTSS’s tiered interventions to provide support to all students, especially those with disabilities. Using consensual qualitative research study, the research team aimed to examine elementary school counselor’s perspective in developing, implementing, and assessing behavioral plans within an MTSS framework and working with students with EBD. The results, implications, and suggestions for future research will also be presented.