Texas Educator Workforce
The United States has experienced persistent teacher shortages for decades. These shortages impact student outcomes and well-being, and shortages affect underserved students at higher rates. These shortages were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to worsen in many states and in several subject areas. A number of factors influence teacher supply and demand, factors which vary by state. Research points to the importance of evidence-based policies that can address shortages and ensure all students have access to well-prepared professionals in the classroom. Baylor University’s educator preparation program assures that all certified graduates are well-prepared to enter their classroom and begin having an immediate positive impact on their students.
The Teacher Vacancy Task Force (TVTF) was established in March 2022 to examine teacher retention and recruitment challenges across Texas. The TVTF’s final report, Developing a Thriving Teacher Workforce in Texas, includes policy recommendations to address teacher vacancies throughout Texas.
Additionally, every year TEA (Texas Education Agency) submits a list of teacher shortage areas by subject matter and a list of designated low-income schools to the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers with certain types of student loans may qualify for partial loan forgiveness, deferment, or cancellation benefits. The current description of teacher shortage areas and loan forgiveness options for teachers and non-teachers are available on the TEA website.