Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Primary Advisor

Dr. Susan K Stanley

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas J Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Rosalind Goodrich


The purpose of this study was to examine how burnout is experienced by teachers working in Christian schools. Exploring how teachers working in Christian schools experience burnout, as well as which teacher characteristics are the best predictors of burnout, may assist Christian school leaders in creating “flame retardant” organizations. This quantitative study utilized a survey research method. Teachers in 25 Christian schools located in Central Florida were invited to complete a survey on job-related attitudes which included the 22 items of the Maslach Burnout Inventory—Educator Survey. Personal and professional teacher characteristics were found to be statistically significant predictors of burnout in teachers working in Christian schools. Emotional exhaustion was found to be the most robust predictor of the probability of a teacher’s perception of being burned out. Additionally, perceived administrative support was found to be a statistically significant predictor of the probability of burnout in the population studied. Implications of the study include strategies for preventing burnout in teachers working in Christian schools.