TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2020–2021

February 05, 2020 • April Mabry

TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2020–2021

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the 2020–2021 teacher shortage areas submitted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Teachers with certain types of student loans may qualify for partial loan forgiveness, deferment, or cancellation benefits. Eligibility for these benefits depends on the type of loan the teacher has, the date of his or her first loan, and whether the teacher serves in a designated low-income school or subject matter teacher shortage area. 

The approved shortage areas listed below are unchanged from the last few years::

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language: Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education: Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education: Secondary Levels
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science: Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Mathematics: Secondary Levels

For more information on student loan forgiveness for teachers and other education staff, including non-teachers, check out the TEA website.


April Mabry is an assistant director at TASB HR Services. Send April an email at april.mabry@tasb.org.


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