Title

The Relationship Between Certification Type and Burnout, Perceived Support, Job Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction in Special Education Teachers

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

Psychology and Special Education

Date of Award

2018

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if burnout, perceived support, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction would predict whether a special education teacher received certification through an alternative program or a traditional 4-year University program. It was hypothesized that teachers who received their certification through an alternative program would report higher levels of burnout and lower levels of perceived support, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction. The overall results of the study were not significant; scores on the instruments did not predict which type of certification the teachers held. The data did, however, indicate that all teachers in this sample had high levels of emotional exhaustion and moderate levels of depersonalization, which have implications for teacher retention.

Advisor

Jennifer L. Schroeder

Subject Categories

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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