DECEMBER 19, 2018 – Have you considered teaching as your future career after the military? You are transitioning with skills, knowledge and experiences that are invaluable as a mentor, leader and teacher.
Education systems across the nation are looking for qualified teachers. Service members and veterans bring a rich combination of skills, which are a natural fit for the classroom. In fact, skills honed in the military, including leadership, initiative, discipline, teamwork, integrity, and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment, contribute to making some of the best teachers.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program that helps put you on the best pathway to begin your next mission of becoming a K-12 public, charter or Bureau of Indian Affairs school teacher.
The goal of TTT is to provide every service member interested in teaching with assistance to transition his or her leadership skills, training and core values to a teaching career in grade K-12 schools. To meet this goal, a network of state TTT offices work to provide participants with counseling about certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads to secure a teaching position.
All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, whose last period of service is characterized as honorable, may participate in the program for counseling and referral services.
These services help participants meet certification and licensing requirements to teach and subsequently help to secure a teaching position.
Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or bonus may be available for members of the Armed Forces and veterans that meet minimum military service requirements, teaching employment and school eligibility criteria. Stipends of up to $5,000 are used to cover expenses associated with teacher education, certification, or licensing. Service members and veterans eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill are not eligible for the stipend. Bonuses of up to $10,000 may be awarded to program participants who agree to teach in an eligible school for a period of three years.
Service members must submit their application for the TTT program within three years of their separation or retirement date. Once the application is submitted, the TTT Program Office determines which services the program participant qualifies for.
Make an Impact:
Since 1993, more than 20,000 veterans have successfully transitioned to a career in education. Service members and veterans have a lot to offer our nation’s youth in the classroom. Their commitment, sense of teamwork and ability to lead are skills that make them a natural fit for teaching.
If you are passionate about continuing your service to this nation, inspiring young minds and are up for another challenge, our nation’s schools are waiting for you. Share your skills, knowledge and experiences to motivate and inspire the next generation to be the best they can be by becoming a teacher. It is not an easy career, but it can bring you great satisfaction.
Apply now by visiting www.proudtoserveagain.com