Maine Department of Education Designated Teacher Shortage Areas

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education designates teacher shortage areas with input from state and local officials. This year, the Maine Department of Education requested input regarding designated teacher shortage areas for federal reporting, and released the following list of K-12 teacher shortage areas for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Early Elementary (K-3)
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Health
  • Theater
  • English – Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Science
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • 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)

Individuals providing classroom instruction in one of these designated areas may qualify for programs that offer deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation. The full article is available from the Maine DOE Newsroom.

The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development offers several undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to certification in many of these areas.