Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


This project gathered information about the teacher employment practices recommended by the literature and research, used in small high schools in Illinois Educational Service Region 26, and used in Martinsville High School, Martinsville, Illinois. The literature identified nine basic areas in which to divide the selection process. It suggested that district personnel (a) make teacher employment a top priority commitment, (b) be familiar with the legal implications of teacher employment, (c) develop appropriate and specific criteria for the position, (d) make sure expectations are realistic, (e) choose recruiting sources carefully, (f) collect candidate information, (g) continuously refine and improve interviewing skills, (h) carefully check references personally, and (i) be objective. A broad range of information must be considered as a whole to ensure that the best teacher is selected for the position available. Information gathered from area high school principals via a questionnaire and personal interview is presented and a copy of each instrument is included in the appendices. All information has been synthesized in order to develop a set of employment practices to select new teachers at Martinsville High School.