The Troops to Teachers program is designed to assist separating or retiring military personnel in pursuing a rewarding second career in public education (elementary, secondary or vocational) while also facilitating employment in public schools. School districts are looking to fill teacher shortages in math, science, and special education classrooms. Other opportunities are sometimes available in elementary, language arts, social sciences, world languages and vocational education. Employers are showing a great interest in individuals with prior military service who can provide positive role models for the nation's public school students. The program serves as a link between interested military personnel and education-related agencies, such as traditional teacher licensure programs, alternative certification programs, school districts, state licensing agencies, V.A. offices, and college placement departments.
Troops to Teachers provides three types of assistance to qualifying veterans.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: For those participants who qualify, up to $10,000 is available in financial assistance. Two different financial assistance programs exist.
Troops to Teachers will reimburse the costs incurred to earn a teaching credential up to a maximum of $5,000. In return for this assistance, the participant agrees to teach for three years in an economically disadvantaged school district.
A participant will receive a bonus of $10,000 to teach for three years in a school where 50% or more of the student body are eligible for free or reduced cost lunch programs. The bonus is paid over multiple years.
There is a $10,000 cap on the amount any one individual may receive from Troops to Teachers. The above two programs may be combined, however no more than a total of $10,000 will be paid to an individual participant.
Most school districts participate in a common job bank. Assistance is provided in how to best utilize job search tools and techniques.
Staff members visit school districts to build a network of administrators who are aware of the special talent gained when TTT participants are hired. This network building also identifies which subject areas the school districts are currently seeking to hire.
Teacher job interviews are unlike most other meetings. These interviews can be confusing and frustrating to mid-career changers, such as TTT participants. Staff members assist participants in preparing for these interviews through counseling, video, and written study guides.
**Please note that Troops to Teachers does NOT hire anyone or guarantee jobs!