Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Dane Joseph, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Marc Shelton, Ed.D.


This study sought to determine factors for attrition rates among Christian school teachers in Oregon by using an adaptation of the 2021-2022 Private School Survey created and distributed by the Department of Education. The quantitative study was distributed to 31 Christian schools in Oregon. Relationships and trends were examined among teachers who expressed a high desire to remain teachers and those who expressed a desire to quit the teaching profession. Results from this study identified three strategies to improve teacher retention. First, an increase in compensation was the primary factor in improving teacher retention. Second, mentorship was significant in decreasing teacher attrition. Finally, improving teacher satisfaction was instrumental in reducing teacher turnover. Future studies should consider increasing the sample size, conducting a longitudinal study of participants, and following up with participants who demonstrated a high propensity for retention and attrition to increase the validity and reliability of the results. The results of this study will inform future school boards and school leadership to seriously contemplate compensation increases, investments in effective mentorship and induction programs, and strategic initiatives to improve teacher satisfaction.

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