Dissertation - Public Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Higher Education Leadership
Dr. Jaclyn Rivard
Dr. Judah Viola
Dr. Sherri Bressman
Teacher burnout is increasingly problematic, especially for special education teachers who have a unique set of job responsibilities. Survey and interview data was used in this phenomenological study to examine how the educator preparation program (EPP) experience and self-authorship journey of early career special education teachers impact their potential to experience burnout. Data findings regarding level of self-perceived burnout, recollections of being or not being taught stress management and coping strategies in their EPPs, recollections of the self-authorship journey, and intentions for remaining in the career are shared in this dissertation. The essence of this phenomenon can be summed up as such: individuals are going into special education because of a passion, but many special education teachers are experiencing mental health symptoms because of their career and/or are experiencing some degree of self-perceived burnout. Fortunately, the results of this study can help EPPs improve pre-service teacher preparation with the aim of improving rates of mental health distress and teacher burnout.
Keywords: self-authorship, educator preparation program (EPP), wellbeing, teacher self-efficacy, burnout
Straub, Brittany L., "Special Education Teacher Burnout: Examining the Role of Educator Preparation Programs in Prevention" (2022). Dissertations. 642.
Adult and Continuing Education Commons, Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Elementary Education Commons, Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Higher Education and Teaching Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Mental and Social Health Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons, Secondary Education Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons, Special Education and Teaching Commons