Iowa Teacher Shortage Area

Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Data used to calculate the shortages include the numbers of Class B licenses (conditionals) issued, the number and frequency of job postings on Teach Iowa (Department of Education 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:

The Iowa Student Loan Commission offers one time grants to new teachers hired in shortage areas,  The grants (up to $500) are made directly to the new teacher and can be used for any purpose (moving expenses, rent, living expenses, etc.).  Apply online at 

Newly contracted teachers who begin teaching in Iowa for the first time after January 1, 2014 will have until February 28, 2014 to apply for a grant under our current 2013-2014 funding.


Iowa Teacher Shortage Areas – 2014-2015 School Year:

General Education:

Special Education: