Date of Award

Fall 12-10-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


Burnout, Teacher


In the 1970’s, Herbert Freudenberger, defined teacher burnout as being a state of exhaustion or displeasure brought on by professional relationships that failed to generate predictable rewards. Teacher burnout is defined by three themes, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of personal accomplishment.

Some indications of teacher burnout consist of sleeping and fatigue issues, constantly neglecting or having difficulties with focusing, weight and appetite concerns, and depression and anxiety (Tapp, 2021). In 2021, an evaluation was given to teachers highlighting how they are feeling and if they feel like leaving or are planning to leave the education world. They found that teacher's rate of leaving within the first five years, increased to forty-one and three hundredth percent (Campbell, 2020). On top of teacher burnout in the past, Covid-19 has played an even bigger role by making a larger impact on teacher’s mental state as well as kids (Lizana et al., 2021).

Research reveals there is a dire need to be mentally and physically stable in order to set our students up for success. When a teacher is mentally and physically exhausted and are not working to better themselves, it will rub off on students and create a negative environment for all.



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