Benefits for Teachers in Designated Shortage Areas
You may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.
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 following endorsement areas are designated as teacher shortage areas for the 2016-17 school year.
|Bilingual Education, PK-12||Comprehensive Special Education, PK-12|
|Mathematics, 7-12||Occupational Subject, Vocational Technical High School;|
|School Library and Media Specialist||Science, 7-12|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||Technology Education, PK-12||Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), PK-12||World Languages, 7-12|
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.
For further information, contact:
- U.S. Department of Education — Federal Perkins Loan Deferment/Forgiveness at 1-800-433-3243
- The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CFHA) — Teachers' Mortgage Assistance Program at 860-721-9501
- The Teachers' Retirement Board — Teacher Retirement/Rehiring of Retired Teachers at 860-241-8400
- Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Certification Helpline at 860-713-6969
Read the complete data bulletin on teacher shortage areas from the State Department of Education.