Program Overview

If you’re looking for a rewarding second career in teaching, Troops to Teachers can help!

Troops to Teachers is dedicated to helping eligible participants become qualified educators who can make a positive impact in the classroom.  The program was created to:

  • Help eligible members of the armed forces transition to a rewarding career in K-12 education
  • Help public and charter schools overcome teacher shortages in critical subject areas

By guiding you through a successful transition to teaching, Troops to Teachers is achieving a third important goal: providing children in high-need schools with the education needed to succeed.  Statistics show that our nation’s youth need you more than ever.  Teacher shortages nationwide are resulting in students being left behind in critical areas such as math, science and special education.  As a veteran, you have the qualities necessary to become an effective educator—and make a difference in children’s lives.

Troops to Teachers offers multiple ways to help its participants on their path to teaching.  In addition to linking you with school districts, the program can connect you with other education-related agencies, such as teacher licensure programs, state licensing agencies, Veterans Administration offices, college placement departments and other resources.

To learn more about what Troops to Teachers can do for eligible participants, visit the Financial Assistance and Career Counseling pages.

Program History:

Troops to Teachers was established in 1994 by the Department of Defense and is currently managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).  Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the program serves as a recruitment tool to fill vacancies in high-need schools with qualified veteran and military teachers.

Through Troops to Teachers, over 17,000 military personnel have successfully made the transition to teaching.

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