If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.
Based on a survey done in the fall, the state Department of Education released the Certification Shortage Areas for 2017-18.
Most of the shortage areas remain the same as they did in 2016-17, however, for the coming year, teaching English to speakers of other languages and teaching occupational subject areas at vocational technical high schools were added as shortage areas. School psychologist and intermediate administrator were removed from the list.
The designated shortage areas for 2017-18 are as follows:
- Bilingual Education, PK-12;
- Comprehensive Special Education, K-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;
- TESOL, PK-12; and
- World Languages, 7-12.
Read the complete data bulletin on teacher shortage areas from the state Department of Education.
The SDE letter also states:
Rehiring of Retired Teachers
Retired teachers may be reemployed without being subject to the statutory
earnings limit if they teach in a subject shortage area for the school year in which they are employed.
The period of employment may last one full school year and may be extended for an additional year, subject to prior approval of the Teachers’ Retirement Board.
If you have questions about this program, please contact Darlene Perez at
the Teachers’ Retirement Board at 860-241-8400.
Sadly, Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics certification) is not on the list because so many towns have cut their programs. Please know that there are some students becoming certified to teach every year and people have moved to CT with this certification. If you hear any word of there not being enough FCS teachers as a reason to not keep the dept open as teachers retire, PLEASE speak up and say there are applicants and they can reach out to any of us on the board of CT AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)! ~Thank you!
I applied to the ARC program for Family and Consumer Science for next year’s session. Do you feel there is not going to be much of a future in gaining this certification?