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Recruitment Campaign

Missouri Joins National PSA Campaign to Address Teacher Shortage

The Future Depends on Teachers” is a PSA campaign that is part of a long-term multi-phase recruitment initiative to diversify the teaching profession and address our nation’s teacher shortage. The campaign celebrates the role that teachers play in shaping our future and invites people to join a career that leaves a legacy they can be proud of at a time when they are needed most.

To view the PSA video, click here.

Additionally, visit TEACH.org to find information about teaching in Missouri, educator preparation programs and how to get certified. You will also have access to all of TEACH.org’s tools and resources to help you explore the profession.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Outreach Plan
Implementation Chart - Updated March 2021
Timeline - Updated April 2021

Outreach Plan Presentations

State Board of Education Outreach Plan Update January 2020
State Board of Education Teacher Salary Proposal December 2019
State Board of Education Outreach Plan Update September 2019
State Board of Education Outreach Plan Update May 2019
State Board of Education Outreach Plan March 2019
State Board of Education Teacher Workforce January 2019

Grow Your Own Resource Guide

Grow Your Own Resource Guide UPDATED!!
Grow Your Own Resource Guide
Grow Your Own Infographic

Federal and State Reports

Recruitment and Retention Annual Report 2020

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is required to prepare an annual report to the Missouri General Assembly about the status of the teacher workforce in Missouri public schools. 

Approved Teacher Shortage Report, 2021-22

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the content areas listed in the 2021-2022 Teacher Shortage Report as areas of critical shortage for the State of Missouri.  Based on this designation, teachers that are teaching within shortage areas identified by this report are eligible for loan forgiveness.  Federal loans that qualify under this designation include the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), Federal Perkins Loan, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, Stafford Loan, and Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS).  For more information please visit the U.S. Department of Education – Teacher Shortage webpage.

​Loan Forgiveness-For questions concerning Federal Stafford/SLS loans, including the teacher shortage area deferment, contact the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 800-433-3243. More information may be found at the Federal Student Aid site.

Scholarships-The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers the grant and scholarship programs.