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Minnesota Needs Teachers

Programs and grants are available

1/8/2019 5:46:52 PM

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“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

-Malala Yousafazi

Education is the foundation for a successful future and the foundation for a great democracy. Teachers are the root of education and they influence the future of our country and our children. Unfortunately, Minnesota has a shortage of teachers. This includes teachers with DHH licensure and oral/aural licensure. 

One barrier to getting a teaching degree is cost. Earning a college degree and a license to teach can be expensive. The cost can make the degree inaccessible for teacher candidates. To make the degree and license more affordable, a future teacher can apply for grants, loans and loan forgiveness programs on the state and federal level.

At the federal level, there are several options. TEACH grants are available, as well as teacher loan forgiveness for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, and teacher cancellation for Federal Perkins Loans.

At the state level, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant, a Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program, and a long-term, low-interest student loan, the SELF loan.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, or if you know someone who is interested, please look into (and pursue!) the resources listed below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Jackson at the Minnesota Department of Education. Her email is

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Breaking news! Project PACT at the University of Minnesota offers funding for those who want a teaching license for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS), or both. Learn more by visiting the link at the end of the video. Access all grant and loan information at the links below. 

Grant links and more


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