Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

McCormick, Peg


Special education teacher (SET) burnout is a complex problem impacting teacher health, student outcomes, and job satisfaction. This review examined burnout literature with special education teachers as participants in US studies between 1973-2020. Studies reviewed support SET burnout as an interaction between personal and occupational variables. Overall, it is likely that each burnout component is influenced by a different set of internal and external factors. The most supported factors for SET burnout were perception, role conflict, role ambiguity, and administrator support. Possible treatments should address the underlying factors of SET burnout rather than its symptoms. Future research should inform the prevention and treatment of SET burnout in ways that incite reform in our schools and foster individual resilience in our teachers.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis