Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Patrick Jenlink

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink

Third Advisor

Dr. Stacy Hendricks

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Chance Mays


Rural Texas districts experience higher rates in teacher turnover compared to other districts. This explanatory sequential mixed methods study was designed to explore the relationships among district size and the factors that contributed to teacher turnover. Data was collected from Texas public school districts with fewer than 500 students. A simple correlation determined that no relationship existed between district size and teacher turnover rate during the 2016-2017 school year in the 313 districts that had fewer than 500 students. Participating districts came from two different regions. Four superintendents were interviewed about the factors surrounding turnover regarding the teacher turnover in 2016-2017 along with historical trends in their district. The results demonstrated that no significant relationship exists between district size and turnover rate. These findings may provide information on teacher turnover in Texas public school districts with fewer than 500 students.

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