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Teacher Shortage Areas
Each winter, the Minnesota Board of Teaching and U.S. Department of Education determine teacher shortage areas for the upcoming academic year in Minnesota. For the fourth year in a row, DANCE is included in the Teacher Shortage Areas for 2014-15. Dance, like all the arts, is identified in Minnesota's Academic Standards as a core academic subject area. View the Teacher Shortage Areas letter.
The Teacher Shortage Area designation has important implications for schools, students, dance educators and administrators:
* K12 Schools are required to offer three arts areas from among the legislatively identified art areas of Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Art, and Media Arts. K-12 arts specialist licenses exist for dance, theater, music and visual art.
* The Minnesota Board of Teaching may grant special permission to individuals allowing them to teach in subject content areas for which they may not be fully licensed when a school district has attempted, but is unable to hire a fully licensed teacher. The school must apply for special permission, not the teacher.
* Dance Arts Integration and Teaching Artist residencies - when thoughtfully implemented - help ensure that Minnesota students have access to dance experiences, especially crucial if a school does not have a licensed K-12 Dance Specialist.
* DOE approval of the proposed shortage areas in Minnesota may benefit student grant and loan recipients who are qualified to teach in the· academic disciplines, grade levels, and/or geographic regions in Minnesota where the designated teacher shortages currently occur.