Date of Award

Fall 10-14-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. William Hale, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Micheal Fields, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Pendley, Ed.D.


Utilizing a qualitative study analysis, this study examines how behavior impacts academic success utilizing a token economy with students who suffer from emotional disturbance disorder. Through focus groups of para educators, therapists and teachers on special education settings, there will be a comparative analysis of behavior and academic success. The study will consist of six education sites throughout the Antelope Valley: A kindergarten through eighth grade (Yellen Learning Center), a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary (Valley View Elementary), a seventh through eighth grade intermediate school (Joe Walker) and three high schools that are ninth through twelfth grade (Desert Pathways, Palmdale High, and Pete Knight). These sites are all designed with programs to serve the needs of students who suffer from an emotional disturbance disorder. Continued research could be beneficial in understanding how behavior modification utilizing token economies impact academic success not only in specialized settings but in other settings as well.