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Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abilene Christian University

Special education

2023

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Special Education Teacher Attrition: K-12 Administrator Perspectives, Tia Alove Stevens-Hicks May 2023

Special Education Teacher Attrition: K-12 Administrator Perspectives, Tia Alove Stevens-Hicks

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Teacher attrition is a significant contributor to the teacher shortages, with preretirement attrition accounting for two thirds of all attrition. Special education teachers leave teaching at significantly higher rates than their general education peers. In addition, there is a greater demand for special education teachers due to the increase in public school students requiring special education services. As a result, many K–12 administrators and other educational leaders often fill vacant positions with unqualified or new teachers with less experience than their predecessors. Special education teachers have reported that teachers who remained in their positions reported high levels of administrative …