Make the Perfect Transition: Become a Teacher


Note: The Troops to Teachers program closed to new enrollees Oct. 1, 2020, the program is slated to end permanently on Oct. 1, 2021.  The program underwent several changes and was funded by several government agencies throughout its existence. If it does return again, will keep you up to date.

This information is for historical purposes only.

Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 transferred the responsibility for program oversight and funding to the U.S. Department of Education but continued operation by the Department of Defense. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provided for the continuation of the TTT Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 transferred the responsibility for the program oversight and funding back to the U.S. Department of Defense. TTT is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Pensacola, Florida.

Troops to Teachers Mission

The TTT mission is to:

  1. Assist transitioning Service members to become employed as teachers.
  2. Assist our Nation’s youth by providing good role models.
  3. Assist schools by providing teachers in critical subjects (math, science, special education, foreign language, and career-technical) for needy schools.

TTT provides counseling services which includes identifying state certification requirements, programs leading to certification and assistance in selecting the certification program that best fits your wants and needs. Additionally, we will assist you in finding employment by providing you with information on jobs and interview opportunities.

To be eligible for a bonus you must be registered before you begin teaching.

Where Will I Work?

TTT participants teach in grades pre-k through 12 at public, charter and Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Virgin Islands. TTT counselors will provide information on what the "hot jobs" are for a particular state or school and you choose what location and type of school fits your particular needs.

What Will I Teach?

Teaching a critical subject such as math, science, special education, foreign language and career-technical affords the highest opportunity for employment although TTT will provide counseling and referral services in respect to any desired grade and subject area.

Troops to Teachers Eligibility

All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose last period of service is characterized as honorable with an interest in instructional or non-instruction pre-K through high school employment may participate in the program for counseling and referral services. Those who meet certain criteria as defined by the legislation may also be eligible to apply for TTT financial assistance to assist with their transition to the classroom.

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