Join Thousands of Military Veterans Who Became Teachers

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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 was established in 1993 to assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The program provides counseling and referral services for participants to help them meet education and licensing requirements to teach and subsequently helps them secure a teaching position.

Since 1993, more than 21,000 veterans have successfully transitioned to a career in education. 


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.

Current Status

Funding for the program is appropriated annually. Military personnel interested in a second career in Kindergarten through High School in public, charter or Bureau of Indian Affairs schools may submit a registration form at any time. TTT registration can be accessed through

Program Function 

To meet the objective of assisting eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers, a network of State TTT Offices has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. The TTT homepage provides information and resource links, including links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, and other job listing sites in public education.

For participants that meet certain criteria as defined by the legislation, financial assistance may be provided (upon availability of funds) to eligible participants to assist with their transition to the classroom. The purpose of the financial assistance is to provide transition assistance for those becoming first-time teachers and, therefore, is not available to those that became teachers prior to registration with TTT. 


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.


Register with Troops to Teachers Home Page. Eligible service members may register with Troops to Teachers at any time.

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