The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program was established in 1994 as a combined effort between the Departments of Defense and Education. Its main purpose is to assist serving, retired or separated military members transition to a career as a teacher in underprivileged districts. While Department of Education determines program parameters, they leave the administration of it to DANTES.
To qualify for the program, you have to be:
- a former active duty or Selected Reserve retired or separated member with at least six years of service after September 30, 1989, or
- separated after January 7, 2002 with a service-connected disability and registered for the program within four years of separation, or
- a currently serving, active or Selected Reserve, who has at least six years of service for retirement purposes.
If you are retired or separated, you must have an Honorable discharge from your last period of service.
To be a program participant, you must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and register in a teacher certification program, or be already licensed as a teacher. As an alternative, you can have one year of college and at least six years of vocational or technical work experience or meet the requirements to be licensed as a vocational/technical teacher.
If you have not completed your college degree or teacher certification yet, enroll in either an online or on-campus program and let your Post 9/11 GI Bill pay for your education. If you don’t have enough GI Bill benefits left, the program has a financial assistance program available. However, if you accept financial assistance, you incur a three-year teaching obligation.
Financial Assistance Requirement
Their financial assistance program has two types of aid available – stipend and bonus. If you need to get your teacher certification, you may be eligible for up to a $5,000 stipend to help pay certification costs. In return for accepting the stipend, you incur a three-year teaching obligation in a “high need” school district.
In lieu of the stipend, you could choose the $10,000 bonus. While the requirements and obligations are the same, you will be assigned to a school district having a large population of disadvantages students, instead of just a high need school.
With the No-Child-Left-Behind Act of 2001, the TTT program helps fill severe teacher shortages in critical subject areas, such as math, science and special education. Make your dream, and those of many students, come true through the Troops to Teachers program.
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