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Program Update (5/16/2024): The Troops to Teachers program was reauthorized on December 27, 2021, via the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, after being canceled on October 1, 2020. While the program was reauthorized, the TTT program did not receive an appropriation to fund the restart of the program.

The TTT Program was officially realigned from DANTES to the Military-Civilian Transition Office on October 1, 2023. The program is currently operating with minimum staff and resources. For additional information, please email dodhra.mc-alex.dssc.mbx.troops-to-teachers@mail.mil

Troops to Teachers

From Serving Your Country to Shaping Young Minds
 
The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps service members and veterans become certified and employed as teachers in K-12 schools. As a military service member or veteran, you possess the skills, discipline, and dedication that can make a significant impact in the field of education. With fewer teachers available, there is an urgent need for individuals with these skills to fill teaching positions.

Regardless of what subject area or grade level you want to teach, each state has specific education, testing, and certification/licensure requirements for eligibility.  A list of state, national, and other resources is provided further down this webpage.

There are a multitude of opportunities for service members to become certified K-12 public school teachers.  States are continuing to innovate and approve high-quality and affordable educator preparation programs. Over 30 states have registered teacher apprenticeship programs where you can “earn and learn”, allowing candidates to obtain their teaching credential while earning a salary.  In addition, “teacher residencies” and “grow your own” programs are on the rise.
 
To learn more about becoming certified and locating teaching opportunities, please view the “state” specific links below, identified as Pathways to Teaching, Licensing Information and Employment Opportunities.  In addition, states are beginning to fund programs/opportunities to specifically assist service members with becoming teachers.  Information on these programs can be found under Military/Veteran Support in the “state” specific links. 
 
Additional resources are available on this page for those interested in DoDEA, JROTC, DoD SkillBridge and multiple financial assistance programs.

State Information

Guiding Your Teaching Career Transition with State-Specific Expertise







 

State Information

Alabama

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities


 

Alaska 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
 
 

Arizona

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities


 

Arkansas 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

California 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Colorado

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
Military/Veteran Support
 

Connecticut

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Delaware 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Florida

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
Military/Veteran Support
 

Georgia

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Hawaii 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Idaho

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Illinois

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities 

 

Indiana

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities 

 

Iowa

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities 

 

Kansas

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities 

 

Kentucky 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
Military/Veteran Support




 

Louisiana 

Pathways to Teaching 
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities


 

Maine

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities


 

Maryland 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information



 

Massachusetts 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Michigan 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

Minnesota 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

Mississippi 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Missouri 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Montana 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Nebraska 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Nevada

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

New Hampshire

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

New Jersey

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

New Mexico 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

New York

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

North Carolina

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

North Dakota 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities





 

Ohio

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
Military/Veteran Support
 

Oklahoma 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

Oregon 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Pennsylvania 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities
 
 

Rhode Island 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

South Carolina 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

South Dakota 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Tennessee 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Texas 

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Utah

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information


 

Vermont

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Virginia

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Washington

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Washington DC

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

West Virginia

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Wisconsin

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Wyoming

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities





 

U.S. Territory Information

   

Guam   

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities

 

Puerto Rico  

Pathways to Teaching




 

Northern Mariana Islands

Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities









 

Virgin Islands

Pathways to Teaching
Licensing Information
Employment Opportunities








 

National Programs

Teacher Certification and Alternative Pathways to Teaching

 


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