Department of Educational Administration


First Advisor

Marilyn L. Grady

Date of this Version

Spring 4-23-2020


Jolley, Tonya (2020). Incentives to impact the longevity of urban special education paraprofessionals.


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements Educational Doctorate in Educational Administration, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Professor Marilyn L. Grady. Lincoln, Nebraska: April 2020

Copyright 2020 Tonya L. Jolley


Special education paraprofessional educators play an essential role in support of special education students from an academic and safety standpoint in public-school systems. During several years, a Midwest, urban school district, awarded a tuition reimbursement incentive to 31 paraprofessionals through an application process coordinated by District Human Resource Office. In the Fall of 2019, after three years, 16 paraprofessionals remained in the program. The experiences of the paraprofessionals during the three years are presented through the findings of this study.

Adviser: Marilyn L. Grady