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About Troops to Teachers


Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established initially in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. It was reauthorized in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Responsibility for program oversight and funding is with the U.S. Department of Education; however, the Department of Defense continues to operate the program, being managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. TTT is helping to relieve teacher shortages in high need areas such as math, science, special education and professional technical education.

Designed to assist eligible military personnel transition to a new career as public school teachers in schools serving children from low-income families, Troops to Teachers offers two levels of assistance.
  • Referral, Placement and Counseling Assistance

    Your state Troops to Teachers office can assist you in the following way:
    • Review and evaluate your transcripts, both military and from colleges and universities, making recommendations as to what subject you may be best suited to teach.
    • Make recommendations for needed coursework.
    • Provide information regarding licensing requirements.
    • Explain different routes to teacher licensure and determine what route may be best for you.
    • Evaluate you background education and experience as it relates to teaching.
    • Provide information on teacher licensing programs and schools of education.
    • Help explain the steps and requirements for becoming a teacher.
    • Refer you to available teaching positions.
    • Make connections with school principals and school district superintendents on your behalf.
  • Financial Assistance

Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals in the form of either:
  1. A stipend of up to $5,000 for teacher licensure costs, for which individuals must teach for three years in a school located in a "high need" district; or
  2. A bonus of $10,000 to teach for three years in a school serving a high percentage of students from low income families.

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