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Troops To Teachers

Troops To Teachers


Troops to Teachers-Getting Started 

The Troops To Teachers (TTT) program seeks to place retiring military personnel and other eligible persons in second careers as public school teachers in elementary, secondary, career and technical, or special education schools. Aims of this program are to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high needs subject areas, while also assisting military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.

Troops to Teachers registration is open to all veterans regardless of time in service who have an interest in education in Pre-K public, Charter, Bureau of Indian Affairs funded and DoDEA as school teachers, resource teachers and non-instructional positions such as  paraprofessionals, teachers aids, counselors, psychologists, school nurses, librarians, media specialists, speech therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists, resource officers, school principals, and vice principals.

The program has the potential to link Troops To Teachers with the GI Bill® to create a truly unique incentive to attract high quality role models to help alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Troops To Teachers stipend and bonus money also is available for qualifying veterans teaching vocational subjects, such as (but not limited to) automotive repair, carpentry, computer repair, and welding. Eligible candidates must have at least one year equivalent of college and a minimum of six years experience in a related field or meet state requirements.


Central States

The Veterans' Education and Training section is a liaison office for the federal Troops To Teachers Program serving veterans in the states of Missouri and Iowa. It is among the network of state TTT offices that has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads.

The section provides prospective participants information on how to register on the national website, encourages school districts to register their teaching vacancies on the national website, and provides information about colleges and universities offering alternative teacher certification programs.

Financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals. Some veterans may qualify for and receive VA benefits and TTT stipends or bonus funds.  See On-The-Training and Apprenticeship section for details.  Stipends up to $5,000 may help reimburse teacher certification costs, or bonuses of $10,000 may be provided to participating teachers 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 targeted schools in accordance with the authorizing legislation.

The Troops to Teachers Referral Assistance and Placement service is managed by the DANTES Troops to Teachers office in Pensacola, FL.

This program operates under a grant from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Use of this logo does not imply the endorsement of DANTES or the Department of Defense.” 

Troops to Teachers Contact Information

James Henley,  Director 573-751-1250
Turner Shipman, Supervisor  816-292-7726
Elijah Root, Assistant Director  816-292-7725
FAX 573-526-5710
dese.troopstoteachers@dese.mo.gov 1-877-530-2765

Teacher Certification Contact Information

Joanne Tubbs 515-281-3611 Joanne.Tubbs@iowa.gov
Cami Bowman 573-751-3003 Cami.Bowman@dese.mo.gov