Planning for life after separation or retirement from the armed forces should begin early in your military career. It's important to have a vision for what career and professional opportunities you will pursue upon transition.
The Troops to Teachers program assists transitioning service members begin new careers as public school teachers. Traits that lead to success in the military such as leadership, initiative, discipline and integrity transfer to success in the classroom as an educator. Veterans thrive in an ever-changing classroom environment because their military experience has given them the unique ability to adapt successfully to new challenges. Participants use their experience, integrity, responsibility and global views to directly influence the minds and actions of today's youth.
Counseling and referral assistance
Any current member of the U.S. Armed Forces or former member who received an honorable discharge is eligible to participate in Troops to Teachers and will receive counseling regarding education and certification requirements, as well as job search assistance.
Troops to Teachers has a cadre of state and regional managers who are experts on the requirements necessary to become a teacher. They will provide expertise on how to successfully transition from military service to teaching in a classroom.
Counseling and referral assistance services include the following:
- Guidance on teacher certification and education requirements to become an academic or career technical educator in your state of choice
- Information on the different pathways to state certification
- Leads on employment opportunities
- Information on financial assistance
Financial assistance awards available through Troops to Teachers are discretionary stipends designed to assist participants in meeting the education and licensure requirements necessary to become a teacher, and discretionary bonuses designed to encourage participants to teach in a certain type of school and region of the country or teach a critical subject such as science, mathematics or a foreign language. For participants seeking financial assistance through the program, there are time restrictions for registration, requirements for length of service, and in some cases, a requirement to commit to three additional years of service with the Selected Reserve after separation. A Troops to Teachers state or regional coordinator will help you determine your eligibility for financial assistance.
You can find information about Troops to Teachers, determine your eligibility and register for the program by visiting the Troops to Teachers website, where you'll also find state and regional Troops to Teachers coordinators contacts lists and frequently asked questions about the program. Your installation education office can also provide more information on registering for Troops to Teachers.
You answered the call to serve your country in the armed forces, now boldly answer the call to proudly serve again, this time as a teacher.