Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Kaatz, Steven


In the United States, annually, 10% of EBD teachers burn out and leave the profession, subsequently forcing districts to hire underprepared teachers. When compared to other education professionals, EBD teachers are leading in educators where demand exceeds supply. It is projected there will be a 17% increase in demand for EBD teachers by 2018. The purpose of this literature review is to explore key factors contributing to EBD teacher attrition and to offer potential solutions to increase career longevity. Role overload, poor school climate, and deficient teacher preparation are three contributing factors, one not mutually exclusive to the other. Solutions for career retention include improved teacher preparation programs, mentoring, and enhanced administration support.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis