Teacher Shortage Survey


The 2017-2018 Teacher Vacancy Survey was conducted in the fall of 2017 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 2017 survey, are reported in Nebraska and proposed to the USDE as shortage areas for the 2018-19 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 2018-2019 academic year and approved for USDE loan forgiveness use in 2018-2019 are:

  • Agriculture Education
  • Art
  • Bilingual
  • Business, Marketing or Information Technology (BMIT)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as Second Language/ English Language Learners
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health and/or Physical Education
  • Industrial Technology/Skilled and Technical Science
  • Language Arts (Includes: English Language Arts, Journalism and Media Education, Reading & Writing, Reading Specialist, Secondary English, Speech/Theatre)
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental/Vocal
  • School Counselor
  • School Library
  • School Psychologist
  • Science  (Includes: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Physics, 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)