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Teacher Shortage Areas


Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Data used to calculate the shortages include the numbers of Class C and Class B licenses issued, the number and frequency of job postings on (the statewide teacher recruitment website), and the number of projected graduates in each teaching discipline.

Teachers in shortage areas may be eligible for college student forgivable loans through both state and federal programs. Information regarding application for forgivable loans is available at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website at

2016-2017 Iowa Teacher Shortage Areas

Special Education:

  • Early Childhood Special Education Pre-Kindergarten – Kindergarten
  • Pre K-Grade 3 Regular/Special Education (serving in Special Education or in Early Childhood inclusive classrooms only)
  • Instructional Strategist I Mild/Moderate
  • Instructional Strategist II Behavior Disorder/Learning Disabilities
  • Instructional Strategist II Mental Disabilities
  • Instructional Strategist II Physical Disabilities
  • Itinerant Hearing Impaired Birth to 21
  • Itinerant Visually Impaired Birth to 21

General Education:

  • Agriculture (5-12)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (5-12)
  • Foreign Language (all)
  • Industrial Technology (5-12)
  • Mathematics (5-12)
  • Science
    • Biology (5-12)
    • Chemistry (5-12)
    • Earth Science (5-12)
    • Physics (5-12)
    • All Science (5-12)
    • Basic (5-12)
  • Professional School Counselor (K-8 and 5-12)
  • Talented & Gifted (K-12)
  • Teacher Librarian (K-8, 5-12 and K-12)
  • Business (5-12)


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 28, 2016 at 4:26pm.