LC Journal of Special Education


Attrition of special education teachers has steadily increased. The number of general education teachers that left teaching in 1991-1992 was 5.2% and in 2000-2001, it was 7.1%. Special education teachers followed the same upward trend but had an even more significant increase, in 1991-1992, it was 4.9% and in 2000-2001, it was 8.7%. The rate for general education teachers increased approximately 2% and the rate for special education teachers almost doubled (Boe, Cook, & Sunderland, 2008). There are numerous reasons for special education teacher attrition. For purposes of this paper, I will look at specific variables related to work environment that the building principal can control. These factors are school climate, administrative support, colleague support, mentoring, and professional development.