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May Human Resources Advisor Volume 2, Issue 5

Troops to Teachers

 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 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.  

Managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), TTT provides referral assistance and placement services to eligible military personnel.  The DANTES TTT office 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.

(a) 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.

(b) For vocational-technical teaching positions:

  • Must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must have completed a training program in the specialty area (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 http://www.dodea.edu/offices/hr/categories/default.htm.

NOTE:  Eligible, registered TTT candidates who are recipients of financial assistance to cover certification costs must agree to teach for three years in school locations that meet certain Department of Education criteria under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.   Generally, the school must be located in a "high-need" district or one that serves a high percentage of students from low-income families. Teaching in a DoDDS school, will not satisfy the three-year post certification employment requirement.  Contact TTT for eligibility information about specific districts or schools.

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

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

Phone: 850-452-1241

Toll Free: 1-800-231-6242
DSN: 922-1241

Home Page: http://www.ProudToServeAgain.com

E-Mail: ttt@navy.mil