Recruitment and Retention

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.

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Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and Retention Grants

Staffing shortages in the teaching profession have consistently been a challenge for a number of years. There is every reason to believe that COVID-19 only exacerbated the problem. To address these challenges, the Department has designated over $50 million in state reserve funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to establish a Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant program. This program will support teacher recruitment and retention efforts over the next three school years.

Outreach Plan Presentations

Grow Your Own Resource Guide

Federal and State Reports

Educator Vacancy Report, June 2021

The data presented above was gathered through the Educator Vacancy page (Screen 21) of the Core Data System. Districts who responded this year employ over 52,000 teachers in the state, and serve over 648,000 students of Missouri. This report presents regional data on positions where vacancies were left vacant or filled with less-than-fully (LTF) certified at the highest numbers along with the number of vacancies in that category for the region.

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, 2021-2022

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.


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