Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat;


With the nationwide shortage of teachers and the decrease in those entering the field of teaching, school districts are suffering the impact and ultimately students will be impacted as well. In one way or another, those impacted by the quality of teachers that are hired in school districts feel the loss when retention is not obtained. As teachers or administrators, they see the struggles our schools go through each year to fill vacancies and hold on to quality teachers. As parents or grandparents, they are concerned about the impact the lack of retention has on the students academic and personal successes. Some of the reasons that teachers leave may be personal, but more often than not there is dissatisfaction with the job itself for various reasons. Areas such as: pay, school climate, professional development, mentoring, administrative, and policymaker support play crucial roles in teacher retention. Districts and individual schools need to find ways to retain the teachers they have and be a welcoming and nurturing environment for new teachers.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis