Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education
and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public and public charter schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
Troops to Teachers was established in 1994 to help recruit quality teachers that serve students in high-needs
schools throughout America. Troops to Teachers helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.
The goal of this legislation is to help improve American education by providing motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation's classrooms. The three main objectives of the program are to:
1. Help relieve teacher shortages.
2. Provide positive role models for the nation's public
3. Assist military personnel in the successful transition to teaching as a second career. Federal funding may be provided to eligible individuals
through stipends up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher certification costs, or as bonuses up to $10,000 to teach in a high-needs school.
The Troops to Teachers Program is not a certification/licensing program. To teach in Ohio, you must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. Eligible veterans may complete a traditional teacher education program or may meet the requirements through a non-traditional route via Ohio's Alternative Educator License.
For counseling and direct assistance with the "Troops to Teachers" program, please contact: