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M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Theodore


Archway Programs (Atco, N.J.); Special education teachers; Teacher morale; Teachers--Job stress


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to research the rate of burnout amongst special education teachers. Using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach 1981), the intern will give the survey to special education teachers over a period of time. This study will result in the intern having a better understanding of the factors that cause burnout and who is most susceptible to burnout.

The teaching staff of 64, representing a variety of classifications, will serve as the subjects of the research study. The researcher will determine the relationship between such educators and their degree of burnout, and the correlation between burnout and the specific special education classifications. The intern will engage in a statistical analysis of the data collected in order to retain or reject the hypothesis.

The intern was able to determine from the survey conducted, that teachers of behaviorally disabled students have the highest rate of burnout at Archway Programs. Behaviorally disabled students include such diagnoses as Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorders (CD) and Socially Maladjusted (SM). In order to help the staff find ways to relieve stress, the intern was able to offer suggestions found while doing the research.