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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Bradley J. Kaffar

Second Advisor

Marc A. Markell

Third Advisor

James R. Johnson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Special Education, Burnout, Education, Teachers


Many factors may lead to burnout of special education teachers. Teachers are faced with overwhelming caseloads, student behaviors, job duties, and a history that has been inconsistent with appropriate supports for students with special needs. The studies that were reviewed offered information that directly correlated with burnout. There was much focus on the three areas addressed by the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educator Survey (MBI-ES). The three areas of burnout according to this survey were emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishments. Studies completed showed tendencies towards the emotional exhaustion being directly related to the highest rate of reasons for burnout among special education teachers. Some of the articles provided ideas for ways to combat the feelings and reality of burnout. Student needs continue to increase, even within the general education population. With the research from over 20 years all supporting the concerns regarding special education teacher burnout, school districts need to take a look at the support systems in place. There is a multitude of solutions districts can implement to alleviate the burdens special education teachers are facing.



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