Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Susanne Flannelly

Committee Member

Audrey Henry


This applied dissertation was designed to examine the job satisfaction and self-efficacy of alternatively certified teachers in a rural, midsize, public school district in Florida. The examination will include the relationship between job satisfaction and self-efficacy. The results of this study aim to provide school officials with a better understanding of the role alternatively certified teachers fill during the teacher shortage facing our nation.

The researcher utilized two existing surveys. The Job Satisfaction Survey (JSS) was developed by Paul Spector. The JSS further delineates job satisfaction into two subscales: intrinsic and extrinsic job satisfaction. The Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES) was adapted by Tschannen-Moran and Woolfolk-Hoy (2001). The TSES has three subscales: Efficacy in Student Engagement, Efficacy in Instructional Strategies, and Efficacy in Classroom Management. Correlations will occur between the dependent and independent variables. The survey was sent electronically to two-hundred and thirty alternatively certified teachers and one hundred and fifteen responded.

An analysis of the data revealed higher levels of total job satisfaction, higher levels of intrinsic job satisfaction and lower levels of extrinsic job satisfaction for the sample as opposed to the JSS norms. Additionally, the levels of total self-efficacy and the self-efficacy subscales of management and instruction were higher than the TSES norms. Finally, the correlational analysis revealed moderately strong positive correlations between total self-efficacy, engagement self-efficacy, and management self-efficacy with total and intrinsic job satisfaction. Weak positive correlations were found between total and management self-efficacy with extrinsic job satisfaction. No correlation was found between the self-efficacy subscale of instruction and total, intrinsic, or extrinsic job satisfaction.