Planning to look for a teaching position soon?
The following states report teacher shortages:

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that between 2010 and 2019, total enrollment for public and private elementary and secondary schools is expected to grow from 55 million to 58 million. The current rate at which new teachers are entering the profession will not keep pace with this demand, creating a teacher shortage in many areas across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half a million new teachers will be needed between 2008 and 2018. To read the full report visit

The teacher shortage predicts the greatest need to be in urban and rural schools throughout the southern and western portions of the U.S. Below is a sample list of states with a predicted shortage. Included are the state websites and contact information where you can obtain requirements regarding certification in that state.

Alaska Department of Education
Teacher Education and Certification
801 W 10th St., Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500, Goldbelt Building
Juneau, AK 99801-1894
Teacher Certification Unit
Arizona Department of Education
P.O. Box 6490
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 201, Turlington Building
325 W. Gaines Street
84114 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Idaho State Department of Education
Office of Teacher Education & Certification
Len B. Jordan Office Building
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Maryland Department of Education
Certification Branch
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Nevada State Department of Education
Teacher Licensing Office
1820 Sahara Avenue, Suite 205
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Utah State Office of Education
Certification and Personnel Development
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT
Director of Professional Certification
Old Capitol Building, Mail Stop FG-11
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Educational Statistics and Eduventures Analysis and Certification map. For the full report: Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing 1990-1991 through
2012-2013, visit

For a complete list of all State Education department websites, visit the Hofstra University website at