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"…. during the next four years we could lose a third of our veteran teachers and school leaders to retirement and attrition. By 2014, just five short years from now, the U.S. Department of Education projects that up to one million new teaching positions will be filled by new teachers.

These major demographic shifts mean that teaching is going to be a booming profession in the years ahead-with school districts nationwide making up to 200,000 new, first-time hires annually. Our ability to attract, and more importantly retain, great talent over the next five years will shape public education for the next 30 years-it is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity."

Secretary Arne Duncan at Teachers College, October 22, 2009

 Congratulations on Your Interest in Teaching!

Troops to Teachers (TTT)  is a Department of Defense Program. It is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), in Pensacola, Florida. The purpose of the program is to assist eligible men and women who have served the nation as members of the Armed Forces and are now seeking second careers as teachers in America's public schools. The primary focus of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers to teach in high needs subject areas such as math, science and special education and to help veterans with their transition to second careers in education. Regional and state TTT offices have been established to assist TTT Candidates with counseling and assistance. Troops to Teachers is not a teacher certification program. Troops to Teachers Candidates must meet all state teacher certification requirements for the state where they desire to teach. Through the Troops to Teachers Program, eligible military veterans may receive a stipend of up to $5000 to help them pay for state teacher certification and a one-time bonus of up to $10,000 for agreeing to teach in a high needs schools. The stipend and bonus combined cannot exceed a total of $10,000.

Transition to Teaching Seminars

The Southeast Region Troops to Teachers Office conducts monthly 90 minute Transition to Teachers Seminars at major military bases in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. During these classes we cover both an overview of the Troops to Teachers Program and state certification options and requirement. These classes will answer most of your questions about becoming a teacher. The dates and locations of these seminars are listed on the top right hand corner of this page under the “Transition to Teaching Seminars” heading. Just go there and determine which base and date works best for you. Attendance at Transition to Teaching Seminars is FREE and reservations are not needed.