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Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2000 transferred the responsibility for program oversight and funding to the U.S. Department of Education with continued operation by the Department of Defense. The purpose of Troops to Teachers as outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is to help military personnel enter a second career as teachers in schools serving low-income families. The act focuses on attracting individuals who can teach subjects with critical shortages such as math and science. However, the overall need is great, and military individuals with other backgrounds are encouraged to consider a new career in public education. For more information, refer to the TTT Web site at www.dantes.doded.mil/Sub%20Pages/TTT/TTT_Main.html.
To qualify, a service member must meet one of the requirements below:
Yes. A candidate for the Troops to Teachers program must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution at the time of application.
All military personnel requesting certification through the Troops to Teachers program must seek certification through the Alternative Placement Program. For more information, refer to Alternative Placement Information Packet (pdf).
Financial assistance may be provided to qualified service members in the form of either a stipend of up to $5000 for teacher certification expenses for which the individual must teach three years in a “high-needs” district; or in lieu of a stipend, individuals may receive a bonus of $10,000 to teach three years in a school serving a high percentage of students from low-income families.
There are no restrictions on how the member uses the bonus.
No. The stipend is paid directly to the qualified service member.
Yes. But effective November 1, 2009, per state statute, you can no longer add Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Special Education to a certificate by testing, per HB 2285. For more information, refer to How to Add Areas to Teaching Certificate (pdf).