Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot , Nathon

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser ;


Burnout is a universal experience that impacts many educators. Within the first five years of teaching, 40% of educators will leave the profession (Mielke, 2019). Teachers of high needs students, including special education teachers, are at an even greater risk without adequate support to meet those needs (Ansley et al., 2019). Nationally, educator burnout is becoming concerning as many schools struggle to find experienced teaching staff. The sustainability of education is dependent on understanding and preventing burnout. Burnout prevention is a rapidly expanding area of study that is highly impactful for educators. While research suggests personal prevention strategies that educators can implement, such as meditation and mindfulness activities, most current research indicates that the relationship between a teacher and their working environment is the most significant predictor and opportunity for prevention.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis