June 2014

Benefits for Teachers in Designated Shortage Areas

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Connecticut continues to experience challenges attracting qualified, certified teachers in certain subject areas. Every year, the State Department of Education surveys public school districts to determine areas of need for the upcoming school year, and offers special benefits for teachers entering these shortage areas.

The 2014-15 shortage areas are:

Bilingual Education, PK-12 Comprehensive Special Education, PK-12
Mathematics, 7-12 School Library and Media Specialist
Science, 7-12 Speech and Language Pathologist
Technology Education, PK-12 World Languages, 7-12
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), PK-12


Teachers in shortage areas may qualify for federal student loan deferral or forgiveness and may also be eligible for mortgage assistance through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). School districts may use the shortage area designations to rehire retired teachers who are not subject to earnings limits.

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