How Are Early Career Stage Teachers Impacted by Burnout: A Study of Minnesota Teachers



beginning teachers, educator burnout, mental health, stress, well-being


The educational field can prove to be a stressful occupation with various aspects being more stressful than others. The purpose of this study was to explore the aspects of teaching that generate burnout in teachers with five years or less of teaching experience. The study used an anonymous online survey to collect data from teachers in the state of Minnesota. Research questions aimed to understand which aspects of teaching were the most stressful, how grade level (elementary, middle school, or high school) impacted burnout, and if professional development could help limit burnout. A total of 289 individuals were included in this research study. The study showed that student behavior and time constraints caused the most stress for early career teachers. These findings crossed all grade levels and there were no significant differences based upon the grades taught by the early career teachers.


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