Factors that Influence Special Education Teacher Retention: An Evaluation of Special Education Retention In Northeastern Pennsylvania

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2019
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Cullen, Daniel
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There is a national shortage of certified special education teachers that has reached the level of crisis proportions. This study examines factors that influence special education teachers to remain in the profession for at least 5 years in an effort to inform school administrators of best practices geared towards the retention of special education teachers. Mixed methodology is utilized as survey items and interview questions are linked to categories giving rise to relational support and organizational factors focused on Billingsley’s (2004) groundbreaking research. The population surveyed are special education teachers with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field. The sample group surveyed were 90 veteran special education teachers from 13 school districts across Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the stratified interview sample consisted of 9 educators abstracted from the survey participants. The study may assist school administrators in addressing the retention of experienced and qualified special education teachers.
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