Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinski


ABSTRACT The profession of special education instructor has evolved over the years. Special education teachers must often manage lesson plans that make accommodations for all intellectual and disability needs of students. Special education teachers are charged with leading the IEP team and overseeing a wide range of goals, including occupational, speech, physical, and emotional behavioral, and modified education that integrates the student into the least restrictive environment mandated by law. These responsibilities often vary across disabilities and federal educational settings. The author of this thesis reviewed a number of relevant articles that explored the multitude of responsibilities required of special education teachers as it relates to burnout and retention rates in the field. The purpose of this thesis is to explore best practices to support special education professionals to prevent professional burnout and increase the retention of teachers in the profession.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis