Date Approved


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M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology


Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education


College of Education


Allen, Terri


Special education teachers; Job satisfaction


Special Education and Teaching


It is thought that special education teaching, as a professional entity, experiences high rates of turnover. These high levels of turnover, have been attributed to the demands included in a special education job description. While most previous studies have looked at external factors as the above, few have assessed if and how job satisfaction or the employers indication that they find their job to be meaningful or fulfilling, affects their likelihood to remain in the field instead of looking for alternate employment. The current study will investigate to what extent, job satisfaction, alleviates special education teacher's attrition rates. A survey, relating to job satisfaction and attrition, was administered to full time special education teachers at an out of district Special Services School via staff email. Results of the study, indicated that there was significance between participants who regarded their work to be meaningful and the unlikelihood of looking for another job outside the school district. 59 out of 62 participants from these 5 campuses, of a special services school district, indicated that they found their work to be either quite meaningful or extremely meaningful, 56 of 63 participants indicated that they are lightly or not at all likely to look for another job outside of the company, with 48 (77.42%) indicating that they are not at all likely to leave.