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Document Type


First Advisor

Pritchett, E. Milo, 1923-2019||Hadden, H. Jean

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Special Education


Northern Illinois University--Alumni


The purpose of this study was to determine the employment status and pursuit of graduate study of students who were graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in special education from Northern Illinois University during the academic years 1962-63 through 1966-67. The data were collected by mailing a questionnaire to each graduate. Of the total 139 graduates of the study, 77.2 per cent, completed and returned their questionnaire. The data were analyzed at the Computer Center of Northern Illinois University. The findings were as follows: 1. The rate of teacher turnover was similar to that found in other studies. 2. Most graduates were still teaching in the State of Illinois in public schools. 3. About half of the graduates who were not teaching some area of special education were in a field related to education. The male graduates who were not teaching in special education tended to go into administration. 4. Most of the graduates who were teaching in public schools taught the educable mentally handicapped; most of those who were teaching in state institutions taught the multiply handicapped. 5. Most of the graduates were prepared to teach the educable mentally handicapped. Over half of the graduates were still teaching in their main area of their preparation. 6. About one-fifth of the graduates were certified to teach more than one exceptionality; they had a higher per cent still teaching in special education. 7. Most male graduates who left the field of teaching in special education did so for financial reasons; most females left to be housewives and/or raise families. 8. About half the graduates had taken graduate hours; most of the graduate hours were taken by the 1966 and 1967 graduating classes at Northern Illinois University. 9. Over half the graduate hours taken were outside the area of special education. 10. A higher per cent of male than female graduates had taken graduate hours. The male graduates also had completed a higher mean number of graduate hours.


Includes bibliographical references.


iv, 47 pages




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