Department of Defense Education Activity

Troops to Teachers

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is pleased to support Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program applicants.

Troops to Teachers, is a Department of Defense program designed to assist eligible military personnel in their pursuit of teaching as a second career in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas.

Troops to Teachers provides counseling, referral and placement assistance to eligible military personnel. The TTT state and regional staff across the country will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements and programs leading to certification and employment opportunities in their state of interest.

Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) TTT Applicant Eligibility for Employment Criteria:

DoDDS has the following basic eligibility requirements for TTT participants:

  • Must have separated or retired from the military on or after October 1, 1990;
  • Must have an honorable discharge;
  • Must submit a copy of Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214 – Member 4 copy); and
  • Must submit a copy of the TTT registration acceptance letter as proof of TTT program eligibility.
  • For academic teaching positions:
    • Must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
    • Must meet all DoDDS requirements for employment except for the student teaching or one year of teaching experience;
    • Must agree to work with a teacher-mentor.
  • For Career Technical Education (CTE) teaching positions:
    • Must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent;
    • Must have completed a training program in the specialty area (The Joint Service Transcript (JTS) of military training could count upon review);
    • Must provide evidence of completion (diploma or journeymen license);
    • Must agree to work with a teacher-mentor.

To view a complete list of the DoDEA minimum requirements for employment visit our website at:

NOTE: Eligible, registered TTT candidates who are recipients of TTT financial assistance to cover certification costs must agree to teach in schools for three years post certification employment that meet criteria established by Public Law 112-239 Section 543.

Teaching in a DoDDS school, will not satisfy the three-year post certification employment requirement. Contact TTT for eligibility information about specific eligible districts or schools

For more information about the Troops to Teachers Program, contact the Troops to Teachers National Office directly at:

Troops to Teachers
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5243

Phone: 850-452-1241
  Toll Free: 1-800-231-6242
DSN: 922-1241

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