School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)


Michelle Barthlow


Organizational commitment, AVID, certification, turnover intention, professional learning




This quantitative, causal-comparative study investigated whether organizational commitment levels differ between teachers who obtain Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) certification and those who do not. The significance of this study is that it explores if a supportive educational program, like AVID, can impact teacher organizational commitment and counteract turnover intentions. Two hundred thirty-two teachers across six central Maryland public schools within the same school district participated in this study; there were two predetermined groups for this study, with 146 teachers being AVID certified and 86 teachers not being AVID certified. The 232 participants virtually completed the Organizational Commitment Scale (OCS) in the winter of 2023. A MANOVA, specifically Hotelling’s T2, was the statistical analysis used. The results of this study revealed that there was not a statistically significant difference between the OCS scores of the two groups. It was recommended that more research be conducted on a wider scale across multiple districts to explore schools with different leadership, teacher empowerment, and school climates that may yield different results.

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