Teacher Shortage Survey


The 2023-24 Teacher Vacancy Survey was conducted in the fall of 2023 by the Nebraska Department of Education.  For purposes of this report, the Educational Service Unit (ESU) data has been combined with the public school data (district) while the nonpublic data (system) is combined with them into the total counts. The data from the Teacher Shortage Survey is then summarized and communicated to the US Department of Education (USDE) and educational entities throughout the state.

NOTE: Shortage areas in Nebraska, determined by the 2023 survey, are reported in Nebraska and proposed to the USDE as shortage areas for the 2024-25 academic year. To determine the shortage areas for federal loan forgiveness, please consult the US Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing.

Teacher shortage areas in Nebraska for the 2024-2025 academic year and proposed for USDE loan forgiveness use in 2024-2025 are:

  • Art
  • Career and Technical Education (Includes: Agriculture Education, Business, Marketing & Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, and Industrial Technology/Skilled and Technical Science)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as Second Language/ English Language Learners
  • Health and/or Physical Education
  • Language Arts (Includes: English Language Arts, Journalism and Media Education, Reading & Writing, Reading Specialist, Secondary English, and Speech/Theatre)
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental/Vocal
  • School Counselor
  • School Library
  • School Psychologist
  • Sciences  (Includes: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Physics, Science)
  • Social Studies/Social Science
  • Special Education (Includes: Behavior Intervention, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Sped, Early Intervention, Functional Academic Skills, Inclusion and Collaboration, Secondary Transition, Special Ed General, Visual Impairment)
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • World Language (Includes: American Sign Language, Any language other than English, not including computer languages)
Updated January 8, 2024 10:46am