Update – Teacher Shortage Areas

The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation.  On November 30, 2020 the Department of Education requested input regarding designated teacher shortage areas for federal reporting.   The Department would like to thank all those who submitted information related to teacher shortage and, because of public input, have added a number of teaching endorsements to the US DOE proposal.  The Maine DOE will be proposing the following as K-12 teacher shortage areas for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Early Elementary (K-3)
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher – Severe Impaired
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Health
  • English – Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Industrial Arts / Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Gifted/Talented
  • CTE (Firefighter/EMT, Automotive Mechanics, Truck, Automotive Body Repair, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Carpentry, Marine Maintenance, Electrician, Computer Info Services, Machine Toll Oper/Shop, Weld Braze Solder, Building Maintenance, Plumbing, Agricultural Prod. Gen, Allied Health, Nursing Asst., Law Enforcement, Forestry Prod & Proc., Food Production Manager, Child Care/Guidance, Business Admin/Manager)

The Maine Department of Education received additional input regarding specialist and administrator certificates.  However, the Department has already exceeded the allowable federal shortage percentage and is providing additional documentation in our proposal to obtain as many teacher shortage endorsements as possible.