Course Description

Proactively Reduce Personal and Professional Risk of Burnout, Attract the Best New Talent, Increase Satisfaction and Retention Scores Among Existing Staff

This course focuses on how to protect your career by learning how to banish burnout. If you have felt overwhelmed by the requirements of teaching (training, new standards, etc.), then make it a requirement to rejuvenate your love for your profession. If you are an administrator, learn how to enhance your teacher retention rates, reduce expensive turnover, and increase job satisfaction among your staff.

Who should take this class . . .

This course is designed for all educators with special emphasis on the unique risk experienced by new teachers, veteran staff and administrators.

New Teachers - Protect your career investment by learning how to make the most of all important firs five years by banishing burnout before it happens!

Existing Educators - Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the new requirements?  Learn how to rejuvenate your love of teaching, continue to make meaningful contributions toward the future of students and regain a solid work/life balance without sacrificing your sanity!

Administrators - Discover effective ways to evaluate the root cause of burnout, enhance teacher retention rates, reduce expensive turnover and increase job satisfaction among staff while competing for top talent among new hires.

Why it matters . . .

Unprecedented Levels of Burnout, Stress & Strain Among Existing Educators

  • According to a recent NEA survey, over 90% of members report they are experiencing burnout with nearly 70% reporting it as a "severe" problem.
  • Between February 2020 - May 2022, it was estimated that over 300,000 public school teachers and other staff quit due to burnout.  As of early 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a net loss of nearly 600,000 educational staff nationwide demonstrating a similar rend among private/other schools.
  • An estimated 55% of existing educators report they are "thinking of leaving the profession".
  • More than 80% of educational professionals have seen a notable increase in the number of peers leaving since 2020 with more than 3 of every 4 having to increase workloads to fill-in for missing staff members.
  • Journal of Drug Education reports teachers are increasingly turning to substances to deal with stress as self-reported survey results indicate higher rates of alcohol, amphetamine, and tranquilizer use.

Teacher Retention, New Hires & Retirement Concerns

  • The number of new hires for existing openings has fallen well below the replacement rate; for the 2021-22 school year there were only 0.59 new hires for every open position . . . falling seriously below the replacement rate!
  • 44% of public schools report teaching vacancies with half due to resignations.  The cost to hire and train a new teacher now ranges from $9,000 in rural areas up to $21,000 in cities.
  • Applications to teacher training programs are now lower than ever with the 2021-2022 far below those in the prior five years.
  • 23% of new teachers leave the profession within the first three years and 32% within five years.  The trend isn't limited to teachers; administration resignations and retirements have nearly tripled from an average of 2% to over 7% between 2010 and 2022.
  • Job satisfaction among teachers is at the lowest rate in nearly 25 years

Learner Outcomes

  • Recognize and prevent burnout
  • Identify the structures and mental models of burnout
  • Identify the root cause of systemic burnout and learn how to mitigate the damage
  • Differentiate burnout from other commonly encountered conditions
  • Develop professional and personal planning, monitoring and assessment of one's own status and associated individualized learning pathway
  • Increase teacher retention and attract top talent to your school/district
  • Enhance academic effectiveness
  • Develop tools and insight designed to reduce the rate of burnout among peers and other school staff with both a "bottom up" and "top down" orientation pathway

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers and administrators (Grade PK-12).  Other school personnel, such as counselors, coaches and school nurses will benefit from this course.

Course Materials: There are no required textbooks for this course. It is recommended, but not required, to purchase the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) for Educators. All course content is linked directly within the course.

Technical Requirements


"This course couldn't have come at a better time in my teaching career. I got so much out of it. Thank you." -- Donna Cardona, Educator, Fresno, California
"My knowledge of burnout has changed significantly. Prior to the course my assumption was that teachers who have burned out were simply not meant to be teachers and could not handle it. I now realize that there is more to it than that and that burnout can be prevented . . . I am much more understanding and informed about burnout. I may have made incorrect assumptions in the past about teachers who burn out but now I feel like I can be part of the prevention/solution." -- Brian G., Special Education Educator, Grades 6-8
"Before the course I believed burnout to be something that happened to a person without his or her ability to avoid it happening. Now I understand that a person has to be self-aware and active to help stave off burnout. . . . The course resources on burnout helped increase my awareness of the environmental characteristics that can cause burnout, but also gave me tools to combat those symptoms . . . I have the power over burnout, it does not have the power over me." -- D. Jones, Teacher, Grades 7-8, Arvin Unified School District, CA
"This course provided me the content to [move beyond "admiring the problem" into the realm of assessment and intervention] to help myself and it made me take the time to better understand what was going on with my own burnout. It also offered assistance and feedback with ideas on how to help and intervene before it went any further for myself. I also have gotten and am creating resources to help others in my school who may be feeling the same way I was." -- Shannon S., School Social Worker, Madison WI

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $504 credit (3 units) $504.00
Available for Extension Credit
3 units
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