Recruitment & Retention
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Missouri Public Schools
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.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved the content areas listed in the 2019-2020 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.