Program and Eligibility

What is Troops to Teachers?

Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning Service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.  

Who is eligible for the program?

Former and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard.

Is there a program application deadline?

Program applications must be submitted within three years of retirement or separation to receive financial assistance, with the exception of retired Reserves.

If my program application is not submitted within three years of retirement or separation, am I still eligible for the program?

You will not be eligible for financial assistance, but will be eligible to receive counseling and referral services.

What services are provided through Troops to Teachers?

Services include counseling and placement assistance for eligible members of the armed forces to become a K-12 teacher.  Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet specific military service and application requirements.  See "Financial Assistance" for additional information on financial assistance.

Why are some TTT state offices no longer providing services?

The Troops to Teachers program is authorized and operated in accordance with 10 USC 1154.  This statute authorizes Troops to Teachers to make grants to states or consortia of states to operate offices to recruit and facilitate employment of participants as teachers.  A program review was conducted and it was determined that previous state funding processes were not in accordance with the statute.  Due to this, all state operations were suspended until the grants were established in accordance with the statute. 

  

Do I have a choice in the location and which school I teach at?

Yes, you do.  Troops to Teachers facilitates employment by connecting qualified participants with schools that are hiring.   We work with a variety of schools and will provide you information on which schools are hiring.  Keep in mind that if you are approved for financial assistance, you must teach in an eligible or high need school of your choice to meet your employment obligation.

What does counseling and referral services consist of?

Counseling and referral services consist of guidance on how to meet state teaching certification requirements and choose a certification program.  Any current or former member of the armed forces is eligible for counseling and referral services.

What does placement assistance services consist of?

Placement assistance services consists of connecting eligible members of the armed forces with hiring officials.

What is the eligibility criteria for placement assistance?

For academic subjects, service members and veterans must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education for academic subjects.

For career and technical subjects:

  • Must have received an equivalent of one year of college (30 credit hours) from an accredited institution of higher education or
  • Equivalent of one year in military education and training as reflected on the Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript or
  • Meet the certification or licensing requirements for a career or technical teacher in the State in which the member seeks assistance.

There is no minimal time in military service to receive placement assistance but if separated or retired, must have an honorable character of service.

Program applications must be submitted within three years of retirement or separation to receive financial assistance, with the exception of retired reserve members.  There is no program application deadline for counseling and referral or placement assistance.

Financial Assistance

What type of financial assistance is available through Troops to Teachers?

Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet military service and registration requirements.  The maximum amount of financial assistance provided to eligible TTT participants may not exceed $10,000. 

How long does it take for a payment to be processed?

Once all documentation has been received, payments typically take 3 weeks to a month to be processed.

I have questions regarding my W-2. Who do I contact?

For information regarding W-2 forms, contact DFAS by email dfas.dscc.jjf.mbx.1099-one-pay@mail.mil or website https://www.dfas.mil/contractorsvendors.html.

I received a stipend or a bonus payment. Now what?

On a periodic basis, review your J2T record, located on the home page of this website, to ensure your contact information and employment is up-to-date.  Each year in April, you will receive an email requesting updated employment information which enables the program office to track your 3-year commitment.  Contracts should be uploaded to your J2T account immediately upon receipt.

My financial obligation is complete. What do I do now?

Once your financial obligation is complete and verified by the program office, you will receive an official letter stating that your obligation is complete.  If letter is not received within 60 days of completing your obligation, email ttt@navy.mil for an update.  We would like for you to keep us posted on continued employment so we can track longevity statistics to encourage more schools to use our program and hire our teachers.

I am having a problem meeting my obligation. What do I do?

Contact the program office at 1-800-231-6242 and speak with your case worker.  They will let you know what options are available depending on your specific situation.

What is a stipend?

A stipend is a payment of up to $5,000 to cover expenses incurred by the participant to obtain the required educational level, certification, or licensing.  The stipend is not available to those who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What is a bonus?

A bonus is a payment of up to $10,000 for eligible participants as an incentive to teach in an eligible or high need school.

Can I receive both a stipend and a bonus?
Participants can receive a stipend and bonus but the combination cannot exceed a total of $10,000.
Is there a military service requirement that must be met to receive financial assistance?

Military service requirements to receive financial assistance include:

  • Honorable character of service if separated or retired
  • Any member who, on or after 10/1/1999, becomes entitled to retired or retainer pay (must apply within three years of retirement date)
  • Any member who has an approved date of retirement that is within one year after the date on which the member submits an application to participate in the program
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, is retired or separated for physical disability (must apply within three years of retirement or separation date)
  • Any member who has been transferred to the Retired Reserve
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, has completed a total of at least six years of active duty service, six years of reserve service and signs a reserve commitment agreement for a period of not less than three years (must apply within three years of active duty separation date)
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, is separated or released from active duty after four or more years of continuous active duty immediately before the separation or release and signs a reserve commitment agreement for a period of not less than three years (must apply within three years of active duty separation date)
Am I required to complete additional military service to receive financial assistance?

If you are not retired, you must agree to serve as a member of the Selected Reserve of a reserve component of the armed forces for a minimum of three years.  This does not apply to members of the armed forces separated or retired due to physical disability.

What are the education requirements to receive a bonus?

If a participant is applying for a bonus to teach an academic subject, a baccalaureate or advance degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.  If a participant is applying to receive a bonus as a career or technical teacher, the equivalent of one year of college from an accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent in military education and training as certified by the DoD or meet the certification or licensing requirements in the State in which the participant will be teaching.

What employment obligation must I agree to if I receive financial assistance?

You must agree to teach for a period of three years in either an eligible or high need school of your choice to receive either a stipend or a bonus.

How do I determine what schools are considered eligible for financial assistance?

An eligible school is a public, charter or Bureau of Indian Affairs school where at least 30% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.  These schools are eligible for the participant to receive a $5K bonus.  A high need school is a public, charter or Bureau of Indian Education elementary or middle school in which at least 50% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch or a high school where at least 40% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.  State Department of Education or the local school district can provide a listing of the eligible or high need schools in your state or community.

Process

How do I apply for Troops to Teachers services?

To apply for the Troops to Teacher program, click Apply.   

Will I need to upload any supporting documentation when applying for the Program?

Prior to submitting the online application, the following supporting documentation will need to be uploaded if applicable:

  • DD-214 (member copy 4)
  • Approved Voluntary Retirement Document
  • NGB 22 (National Guard ONLY)
  • Reserve Yearly Point Summary

If applicable

  • Teaching Contract
  • JROTC (DD-2767)
  • Transcripts
  • Certification Program Enrollment Letter
  • Teaching License/Certification
Once my application is submitted, where do I go from there?

Once the application is processed, the program office will notify you by email of which services you are eligible to receive, based on your military service time, education and application date. 

Teacher Certification

Where can I find state specific certification information?

Visit the state pages on this website to locate basic information on certification.

What type of teacher certifications are available?

There are traditional and alternative routes to certification.  Traditional routes to certification are formal teacher preparation programs.  Alternative routes to certification are considered non-traditional teacher preparation pathways. Requirements for licensure and certification vary from state to state.

What is reciprocity?

Reciprocity is a system whereby a recommendation for licensure from a state-approved education training program at an accredited college or university is recognized in another state. However, teacher certification reciprocity is a somewhat misleading term, which is why the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) arranged the interstate agreement.

The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions. The interstate agreement is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces.  Each individual "agreement" is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states' educator certificates will be accepted by that state. Specifically, the agreement outlines which particular types of educator certificates (teachers, administrators, service personnel, or career/technical), and which particular styles of certifications (titles, fields, etc.) will be accepted.

Such an "acceptance" agreement means that the "receiving" state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the "sending" state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements which need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit.  Visit NASDTEC for specific state-by-state requirements.

 

Miscellaneous Information

How do I send you necessary documents? (such as the DD214, NGB22, Transcripts, Teaching Certificate, etc.)

You can upload documents directly through the "J2T Login" link on this website.

How do I get removed from the mailing lists?

Send an email to ttt@navy.mil stating you would like to be removed from email and mailing lists and be withdrawn from the program or visit J2T on this website and state this in a journal entry.

Who can I speak with regarding a debt?

For information regarding debt, please contact our Resolutions Department by email tttdefault@navy.mil.

State Offices

Which states currently have state offices?

Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

How do I contact the state office?

State contact information can be located on this website under "States".

Why are some TTT state offices no longer providing services?

Troops to Teachers is authorized to make grants to states or consortia of states to operate offices to recruit and provide placement assistance to service members and veterans.  All state departments of education are encouraged to apply for a Troops to Teachers grant.  For states that are not currently receiving grants, the Troops to Teachers Program Office will provide assistance.

Online Program Application

I have received a message stating that continuing to this website is not recommended and is a security risk. What do I do?

When users first navigate to the Troops to Teachers (TTT) Online Registration application using a browser that was not configured by Navy/Marine Corps Internet (NMCI), a certificate error is displayed.  The error does not reflect a problem with the DoD certificates, the web browser, or the TTT online application.  It does, however, mean that the DoD certificate and the DoD Root certificate are not installed on the user's system.  DISA provides a utility, InstallRoot 5.0 (at the time of writing), that will install the necessary DoD certificates.  Be aware that this utility is not supported by DANTES thereby questions must be referred to DISA.

I do not remember my password?

Your password can be reset by using the "J2T Login" link on this website and clicking on "Forgot Username/Password."

How do I add information to an application that I have already submitted?

Once the program application has been submitted, you will not be able to add information to your application until it has been reviewed by your Case Manager.  Once review is complete, you will be able to log into your account using the "J2T Login" link on this website to update your information or upload documents as needed.

The website says that I am already registered. How can I access my account?

Your password can be reset by using the "J2T Login" link on this website and clicking on "Forgot Username/Password."

Jobs2Teach (J2T)

How can I update my record and contact information?

You can access your record to make changes at any time through the "J2T Login."

I have received a message stating that continuing to this website is not recommended and is a security risk. What do I do?

When users first navigate to the J2T website using a browser that was not configured by Navy/Marine Corps Internet (NMCI), a certificate error is displayed.  The error does not reflect a problem with the DoD certificates, or the web browser.  It does, however, mean that the DoD certificate and the DoD Root certificate are not installed on the user's system.  DISA provides a utility, InstallRoot 5.0 (at the time of writing), that will install the necessary DoD certificates.  Be aware that this utility is not supported by DANTES thereby questions must be referred to DISA.

I do not remember my password?

Your password can be reset by using the “J2T Login” link on this website and clicking on “Forgot Username/Password.”