Troops-to-Teachers provides Referral Assistance and Placement services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The DANTES Troops-to-Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities. Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 transferred the responsibility for program oversight and funding to the U.S. Department of Education but continued operation by the Department of Defense. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provides for the continuation of TTT through Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. TTT is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Pensacola, Florida.
Goal and Objectives
Reflecting the focus of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high-needs subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.
Funding has been appropriated for FY 2005 to provide financial assistance to eligible participants, provide placement assistance, referral services, and maintain a network of state offices. Military personnel interested in a second career in public education may submit a registration form to DANTES.
The purpose of TTT is to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in “high-need” schools. A network of State TTT Offices has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. The TTT homepage provides information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education.
Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10K to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the Stipend or Bonus must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve students from low-income families in accordance with the authorizing legislation.
Register with Troops to Teachers by contacting your base Education Center/Navy College Office or download a registration from the TTT Home Page. Eligible active duty and reserve personnel may register with Troops to Teachers at any time. Counseling and information are available to all participants, however, financial assistance may not be provided to active duty personnel until one year prior to retirement. Contact the DANTES Troops to Teachers office regarding questions about eligibility or services offered.
Current Status of Troops-to-Teachers
Public Law 107-110, the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002. Title II, Part C, Chapter A, authorizes the continuation of the Troops-to-Teachers Program for an additional five years. It also modifies the program's focus by placing emphasis upon the need to make quality teachers available for high-need schools and high-need school districts throughout America.
Congress passed the Education Appropriations Bill, part of H.R. 3061, which provides $18M for financial assistance and to maintain the network of Troops to Teachers state offices. Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10K. Stipend and bonus recipients must agree to teach for three years in school locations that meet certain Department of Education criteria. The maximum amount of assistance is $10K per person. Specific requirements:
Stipends of up to $5K are available to reimburse costs associated with becoming certified to teach. Recipients of these stipends must agree to teach for three years in a school located in a "high-need" district.
Bonuses of $10K are available to those who agree to teach for three years in a school that serves a high percentage of students from low-income families.
TTT continues to pursue the goal of helping to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high needs subject areas, and to assist military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.
The Program Overview provides basic Troops to Teachers information and links to application procedures. The Eligibility Criteria provide information on categories of individuals eligible for financial assistance. The most significant changes to the eligibility criteria is extending financial assistance to those within one year of retirement, and to and members of the Guard or Reserve with at least 10 years of service who agree to an additional three years of reserve service. See the above link to the Eligibility Criteria for other active duty and reserve component eligibility categories. Troops to Teachers will provide Referral and Placement Assistance Services for those who have at least six years of active duty service on or after October 1, 1990, and reserve component members who have six years of service, but do not meet eligibility for financial assistance. These services include a network of State Placement Assistance Offices that provide information regarding certification requirements, programs leading to certification and assistance in identifying teaching positions. An Internet Teacher Job Referral service has been established that enables school district administrators to search the Troops to Teachers database for potential teacher candidates. Individuals may use this site to search for job vacancies and post a mini-resume to highlight their background and experiences. The Job Referral site is at: http://www.jobs2teach.doded.mil.
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