Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Kathryn A. Ohle, PhD

Academic Year



This is an exploration into the causes for increasingly high turnover and burnout rates in staffing Early Childhood Educators. Current teachers are leaving the field for numerous reasons; mainly low compensation, lack of supports, and stress in the workplace. The project itself seeks to find alternative solutions to increasing retention rates for ECE teachers when there is not an option for higher compensation packages in the budget. This is a compilation of what the research has shown to be successful retention tools for educators, providing resources for those in leadership positions within an early learning program. An introductory document provided is a sample letter to ECE leadership to consider increasing supports for their educators in the field. Resources to combat teacher turnover and burnout provided by the project include reflective practice information, mentor program guidance, and recommendations for SEL professional development implementation with educator input through surveys.

Available for download on Friday, February 03, 2023