Troops to

education - schools, students, teachers

Our Mission

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.

Goals and Objectives

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 school students.
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.


Educator License Fees Eliminated for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members and their Spouses

The Ohio Department of Education is eliminating fees for educator licenses to recognize the contributions of military families. Beginning Jan. 2, 2015, the fees for any initial Ohio educator license, permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans with honorable discharges or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Spouses of active duty service members also may receive a license free of charge. See the below link for further information.

Program Information

National Troops to Teachers
Online Registration

Employment Resources

Ohio Education Job Openings
Army JROTC Vacancies
Navy JROTC Vacancies
Air Force JROTC Vacancies
Marines JROTC Vacancies

Articles / Videos

Vet becomes Teacher
in Athens, 3/12

Buckeye Guard Magazine, 6/11
G.I. Jobs Magazine, 3/11
TTT Video
TTT on NBC Nightly News

Troops to Teachers
Contact Information

For counseling and direct assistance with the
Troops to Teachers program, please contact:

Troops to Teachers

6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5243
Phone: 850-452-1242
Toll Free: 800-231-6242