Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Shelley West


The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine coping strategies for teachers in elementary schools who taught during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers experienced mental, physical, and spiritual challenges throughout the pandemic, and this study shared how teachers coped. Through this study, 48 teachers serving in three different elementary schools in North Carolina completed ten 4-point Likert scale response items. The survey tool's validity was established using the Lawshe content validation index. Interviews were conducted, in addition to a focus group session. Resilience theory, a framework for improving a teacher's ability to adapt successfully when under stress or adversity, was one of the theoretical frameworks used to investigate this topic. The second theoretical framework chosen was social-emotional learning theory. This framework provides how teachers can improve their own well-being and the social, emotional, and academic development of their students. From this research, a collection of coping strategies, trainings, support, and future planning for the benefit of teachers was established.

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