Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Lissa Perkins

Second Advisor

Dr. Shaila Rao

Third Advisor

Janet Snider


The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have caused a serious health crisis that affects millions of adults throughout the United States and the world. A study conducted at the beginning of the year 2003 has shown that the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the United States occurs in adults between the ages of thirty and thirty-nine (Stine, 2003, p. 318). However, recent research shows that a different population with HIV/AIDS who require special attention is emerging. Due to improving treatments and medicines, the number of school-aged children with these illnesses is rapidly increasing in America. Because of this, schools and educators must become aware of and knowledgeable about the significant issues that these diseases raise. If schools do not understand and apply the necessary attention to policies and procedures concerning students with HIV/AIDS, the rights of these students will not be properly upheld and their educational careers will suffer greatly. Children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome struggle with emotional, physical and cognitive obstacles, causing an extreme need for educators to respond to the unique needs of this population by developing modifications and policies to protect the rights of the students while improving the level of education.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only