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Iowa Student Loan Teacher Education Loan Forgiveness Program

Current Iowa Teacher Subject Shortage Areas

To meet the subject-area qualification, teachers must meet both criteria:

  • The specific grade level endorsement
  • Teaching assignment in the subject-shortage area grade levels

Criteria examples:

If You Are... Then You Will...
A teacher with a K – 8 math endorsement, teaching only sixth-grade math in a middle school setting, Not qualify.
A teacher with a 5 – 12 math endorsement and teaching only sixth-grade math, Qualify.

Qualifying Subject Shortage Areas

The following tables define the qualifying subject shortage areas for the Iowa Student Loan Teacher Education Loan Forgiveness Program, using data from the Iowa Department of Education.

Grade Level General Education
K – 12
  • English language learners
  • Foreign languages
  • Talented and gifted
K – 8
5 – 12
K – 12
  • School media specialist
K – 8
5 – 12
  • Counselor
  • Music
5 – 12
  • Agriculture
  • Family and consumer science
  • Industrial arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (all)


Grade Level Special Education
K – 8
5 – 12
  • Instructional Strategist I
    (Formerly K – 6 & 7 – 12 Multi-Categorical Resource and
    K – 6 & 7 – 12 Special Class with Integration)
K – 12
  • Instructional Strategist II LD-BD
    (Formerly K – 6 & 7 – 12 Learning Disabilities and
    K – 6 & 7 – 12 Behavior Disorders)
  • Instructional Strategist II MD
    (Formerly K – 6 & 7 – 12 Mental Disabilities and
    K – 12 Moderate/Severe/Profoundly Handicapped)
  • Instructional Strategist II PD
    (Formerly K – 6 Physically Handicapped)
Pk – K
  • Early Childhood Special Education
Birth – 21
  • Itinerant Hearing Impaired
  • Itinerant Visually Impaired

Please contact Matt Brown by email if you are teaching in a current shortage area not listed above.



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