Careers after military service: The Troops to Teachers program
You know that scientists discovered Pluto in 1930. You know that it's no longer the ninth planet and it is now considered a dwarf planet. You have so much knowledge; why not share it with kids who need it? The skills you honed in the military — leadership, initiative, discipline, integrity and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment — are a natural fit for the classroom. Troops to Teachers, a military career transition program, helps transitioning servicemembers begin new careers as public school teachers.
It's never too early to think about your life after separation and start exploring your options. Your next life-changing mission could be to become a teacher. Many servicemembers transitioning to a civilian career find their skills naturally transfer to a career in teaching.
Troops to Teachers can help you identify your best path to teaching by providing counseling, guidance and help with meeting education requirements. You're eligible for the program if you're a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or were honorably discharged Troops to Teachers career resources include:
- Counseling and referral assistance — This service provides guidance on teacher certification and education requirements and leads on employment opportunities.
- Financial assistance — The program's financial help can pay for your education and licensure requirements. There are also bonuses to encourage you to teach in certain types of schools or in a specific part of the country, and also for teaching subjects that are in demand, such as science, math or foreign languages. Time restrictions for registration and other requirements are involved, so contact a Troops to Teachers state or regional coordinator for more information.
- Registration — Contact your installation education office for more information on registering for Troops to Teachers, or visit the Troops to Teachers website.