Banish Burnout – Educator’s Guide to Stopping Burnout Before It Stops You!

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Learn How to Recognize and Ward Off the Overwhelming Feeling of Burnout

This course is for new teachers, veteran teachers, and administrators that focuses on how to protect your career by learning how to banish burnout. If you have felt overwhelmed by the requirements of teaching (training, standards, Common Core, 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.

Why it matters . . .

  • 40 to 50 percent of new teachers leave the classroom within the first five years
  • Nearly 10% of new teachers leave before the end of their first year
  • Over 15% of teachers switch schools annually
  • Job satisfaction among teachers is at the lowest rate in nearly 25 years
  • 37% of the Education workforce is over fifty years of age and considering retirement
  • Each teacher that leaves, costs the district an average of $11,000 to replace (excluding indirect costs)
  • U.S. Department of Education reports 127,120 (4 percent) of public school teachers (K-12) were physically attacked at school—hit, kicked, bitten, slapped, stabbed or shot—during the 2007-08 school year. Another 222,460 teachers (7 percent) were threatened by students with acts of violence
  • 45% of teachers admitted to having bullied a student in the past
  • Contrary to popular opinion, salary is NOT the main reason teachers leave - nearly 70% cite administrative or workplace related issues

Benefits of this course include:

  • Increase teacher retention and attract top talent to your school/district
  • Enhance academic effectiveness
  • Learn to balance work/life
  • Cultivate effective mentor and professional peer support programs
  • Professional versus personal growth and development

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 (Grade K-12), including: New Teachers - Protect your career investment by learning how to make the most of the all important first five years by banishing burnout before it happens!  Veteran Teachers - Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the new requirements (Common Core, mandatory training, etc.) . . . make it to retirement by rejuvenating your love for the profession!  Administrators - Enhance retention rates and reduce expensive turnover while simultaneously increasing job satisfaction scores and attracting top talent to your school/district.  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.

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X787K – 009 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489

Banish Burnout – Educator’s Guide to Stopping Burnout Before It Stops You!

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Aleen Kojayan

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify the structures and mental models of burnout
  • Recognize and prevent burnout
  • Differentiate burnout from depression and reduce the risk of "professional suicide" due to burnout
  • Develop professional and personal planning, monitoring and assessment of one's own status and associated individualized learning pathway
  • 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


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How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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I appreciated my instructors’ knowledge and timely feedback for my questions and grades. She was also very understanding when I felt overwhelmed from work and the course. The assignments were appropriate and relevant to the class.

This course couldn’t have come at a better time in my teaching career. I got so much out of it. Thank you.