University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

ADE Releases 2014-15 Critical Licensure Shortage Areas

In The View from the OEP on April 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

adeAs the OEP is releasing our 2013 Arkansas State Report Card, the Arkansas Department of Education has also just released a memo outlining the critical academic licensure shortage areas for the 2014-2015 school year. The memo identifies certain subjects and grade levels that are designated as critical shortage areas (generally due to a lack of applications for new licenses in these areas) as recognized by the Arkansas Department of Education and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The shortage areas include subjects like secondary mathematics, secondary sciences, middle childhood education, music, and special education. The classification as a critical shortage area allows individuals licensed in these shortage areas to apply for grant and loan forgiveness programs offered through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

This serves as a reminder of the fact that some Arkansas students may be underserved in these important subject and licensure areas that are vital to their education. One of the possible remedies to these critical shortage areas is a program close to home here at the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Teacher Corps. ATC actively seeks individuals with expertise in these critical shortage areas and places them to teach in high-need geographic areas of the state. With the help of ATC teachers and all of the other great teachers across the state, we can continue the progress that we have seen over the past few years, which is illustrated in the  2013 Arkansas Report Card.

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