What are shortage areas?
The CT State Department of Education (CSDE) identifies certification shortage areas each year based on the vacancies reported by public school districts.
What shortage areas have been identified for the 2020-21 School year?The following certification endorsements are identified as shortage areas for the 2020-21 academic year:
|Connecticut Teacher Shortage Areas for 2020-21|
|Certification Endorsement||Grades||Shortage Area Designation|
|School Library and Media Specialist||PreK-12||Alliance Districts only**|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||PreK-12||Statewide|
|Technology Education||PreK-12||Alliance Districts only|
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)||PreK-12||Statewide|
* The Special Education shortage area designation comprises Partially Sighted, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Comprehensive Special Education teaching endorsement codes.
** The Alliance District program is a unique and targeted investment in Connecticut’s 33 lowest-performing districts. Connecticut General Statute Section 10-262u establishes a process for identifying Alliance Districts and allocating increased Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding to support district strategies to dramatically increase student outcomes and close achievement gaps by pursuing bold and innovative reforms.