Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Veronica Estrada

Second Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell Burns

Third Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson


Every school year there are reports of the large number of teaching vacancies in the nation, particularly in the field of special education. Currently there are numerous studies addressing the factors that cause special education teachers to leave the classroom, however, there are few studies that suggest variables that contribute to teachers remaining for five years or longer. Further, there are no published studies to date that address the retention of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) teachers, particularly, Mexican American special education teachers. Grounded surveys were constructed through guided interviews that were distributed to 114 participants in two urban school districts to examine the factors that contribute to the retention of Mexican American special education teachers in the Rio Grande Valley. Trends were examined to begin to consider strategies to retain experienced special education teachers and impact student achievement for individuals with disabilities.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American