Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinski


ABSTRACT The current teacher shortage has created a looming crisis in education in the United States that most frequently impacts students from underserved communities. Receiving an equitable education in our country should not be assumed because the data tells us a different story. Too often, students from underserved communities are taught by less qualified teachers who lack both experience and expertise. The research paints a picture of primarily children of color living in urban settings who don’t receive the same level of education as their suburban counterparts. Much research has been done to determine the cause of these inequities and has uncovered a myriad of reasons for the high rates of teacher attrition we’re currently experiencing. What has been gleaned throughout the research being conducted for this thesis is that the primary factors impacting teacher turnover appear to be working conditions and a lack of administrative support. This thesis provides a tool for schools to use for implementing their own support systems for teachers, as well as improving their success at retaining them.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis