Troops to Teachers
Funded by the US Department of DefenseNationwideProgram Purpose:Assist military personnel transition to second careers as teachers in K-12 public schoolsRecruit quality teachers for public schoolsHelp relieve teacher shortages, primarily in high need subject areasTroops to teachers
The Troops to Teachers program began in 1994 as a Department of Defense program designed to assist currently and former military members transition from their military careers to careers as public school teachers. The program continues to operate under the Department of Defense and is administered by Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).
Troops to Teachers is a nationwide program. There are state and regional offices throughout the nation. The teacher licensure process is state specific so it is important to contact the office that covers the state in which you would like to teach. Please refer to the State Office Listing to locate the Troops to Teachers office in your area.
In addition to assisting military members interested in transitioning to teaching careers, the Troops to Teachers program also aims to recruit quality teachers for our nations public school system while relieving shortages in high need content areas such as math, science, and special education. However, Troops to Teachers participants can teach any subject area.
The Teaching ProfessionCommon language (see handout)High need subject areasMathScienceSpecial EducationArt/Drama/MusicEnglish Language LearnersSchool CulturesPay Scales
While the high needs are different state-by-state, a common thread across the nation is a need for special education, math, and science teachers. Your individual license/certification counselor will discuss your particular specific interests and the areas of highest needs for where you want to teach as well as develop a pathway plan.
Like the military, where each command has its own culture (different mission, visions), schools and school districts have varied cultures. Even within a single school district, schools might have different cultures (.i.e. talk about D11like how Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy and Galileo School of Math and Science middle schools have different culture than other district middle schools like Mann, Sabin, etc.)3
Licensure Requirements for Academic SubjectsState drives requirementsMinimum of a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution required Three pillarsContent: subject area contained in your degreePedagogy: completion of a teacher licensure programTesting: PRAXIS series or state specific exam
Requirements needed to meet licensing/certification is different in each individual state. However, some commonalities across the states are the two facets of Content Knowledge (subject area.and the aspect of being highly qualified in your subject mater expertise, in many instances demonstrated through passing a state exam like the PRAXISsort of like a CLEP exam) as well as Professional Knowledge (pedagogy).this is the aspect for the teacher training/preparation program path.again, this will be something worked out between you and your personal counselor/advisor. If anyone does not have a bachelors degree already, it is possible to roll all these aspects together into a single bachelors licensing program developed in coordination with your personal assigned TTT counselor/advisor most knowledgeable in your interest state/s.4
Licensure Programs for Academic SubjectsDegree with licenseUndergraduateGraduate
What is Career & Technical Education (CTE)?State drives the requirementsDegree may be required along with relevant experienceCan use currently military skills towards licensureExamples: mechanics, generator operator, etc. CTE provides career options for those not wanting to teach an academic subject areaState information regarding CTE is available at http://www.acteonline.org/stateprofiles/ Career and Technical Education (CTE)
CTE Career ClustersAgriculture, Food, & Natural ResourcesEducation & TrainingHospitality & Tourism, Culinary ArtsManufacturingArchitecture & ConstructionFinanceHuman ServicesMarketingArts, A/V Technology & CommunicationsGovernment & Public AdministrationInformation TechnologyScience, Technology, Engineering & MathBusiness Management & AdministrationHealth ScienceLaw, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityTransportation, Distribution & Logistics
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.Why CTE for the nation? CTE is a natural
CTE Works for High School Students
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is90.18 percent,compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.3 More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued post-secondary education shortly after high school.
CTE Works for Business
CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap.
The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the UnitedStates, with recent data citing 550,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilitiessector and 246,000 jobs open in manufacturing.8
Career Technical Education (CTE) is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. Some 14 million students are enrolled in CTEencompassing every state, with programs in nearly 1,300 public high schools and 1,700 two-year-colleges.
National Center for Education Statistics
Career and Technical Education At-a-Glance
Career Technical Education (CTE) is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. Some 14 million students are enrolled in CTEencompassing every state, with programs in nearly 1,300 public high schools and 1,700 two-year-colleges. (1)
(1) National Center for Education Statistics
A Model for SuccessCTE programs are organized by 16 Career Clusters and 79 Career Pathways. CTE offers a compete range of career options for students, helping them discover their interests and the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and their chosen career/profession.9
CTE Regional ContactMichael Siegrist Ph.D.Mountain Pacific Troops to TeachersCTE Placement Director1625 Ellis StreetBuilding 1218 Room 221Fort Carson, CO 80913Office: 800-438-6851Cell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaining ExperienceVolunteerJunior AchievementSubstitute teachState drives requirementsPara educator/Educational AssistantsSupport classroom teachersDegree not required
Before you decide to move full speed ahead, it might be a good decision to seek avenues to test the water and see if teaching is something you want to invest time, energy, etc. into for a long career. Some options to test the water so to say include This will also allow you to experience different grde levels, different subject areas to teach, different districts/schools.and sort of hone in on what you niche might be in teaching.11
Services OfferedInformation on licensure requirements Links to employment opportunitiesAssessment of academic qualificationsReciprocity assistanceYou will work directly with licensing and placement counselors/advisors individually (following registration)
Troops to Teachers provides a variety of services. Troops to Teachers is a counseling and referral program. Once registered participants receive individualized counseling from their states Troops to Teachers office. Participants are provided with information on the teacher licensure process and links to employment opportunities. The local Troops to Teachers office will also assess the academic qualifications of each participant and inform the participant on which subjects the participant is most eligible to teach. For participants who already hold a teachers license, Troops to Teachers provides reciprocity assistance to transfer licenses across state lines as well as job placement assistance.
Eligibility RequirementsCounseling and referral services onlyAny military member who has served honorably
Financial assistanceRetired from serviceActive duty within one year of retirementSeparated for a physical disability on or after 8 Jan 02 and register within three years of separationServing in the Selected Reserve with at least 6 years of service and commit to serving an additional 3 yearsServed 4 years on active duty and transition into the Guard/Reserve for at least 3 years on or after 8 Jan 02 and register within three years of separation
There are a variety of eligibility requirements for the Troops to Teachers program. There are two main categories of participants: referral and placement assistance only and financial assistance. To determine your eligibility please review the eligibility handout or contact your local Troops to Teachers office. 13
Financial Assistance$5,000 stipend for tuition assistanceMust teach in a low-income school for three yearsAt least 30% of the students participating in the free or reduced lunch programCannot be eligible to receive