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 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.
The national Troops to Teachers office has currently suspended federal funding to ALL State Troops to Teachers offices. Until funding is resumed, the Ohio Troops to Teachers office is unable to assist any new applicants. Mr. Chris Picha will continue to mentor those veterans currently in the Troops to Teachers program until directed otherwise. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope the national office resolves this issue within the next couple of months.
Please contact the national office via the numbers at the bottom of this page.
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.
For counseling and direct assistance with the
Troops to Teachers program, please contact: