Troops To Teachers


We welcome those who are Proud to Serve Again! Our Oklahoma schools need you!



What is Troops to Teachers?

Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning Service members and veterans in beginning new careers in public, charter and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The Department of Defense program facilitates veterans’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling, financial and placement assistance for eligible Service members and veterans.



How can Troops to Teachers help you?

  • Assisting you in transitioning to a career in teaching is our mission. Partner with us to discover whether teaching is right for you.
  • We provide individualized counseling to assist you in exploring and selecting the best pathway to teaching based on your unique needs and goals.
  • We provide informed guidance on how to meet state teaching certification requirements and how to select a certification program.
  • Ongoing support and mentorship can assist you in successfully transitioning and thriving in your new career.
Finding a job can be tricky, but our veterans have built strong reputations for success in the classroom. Several school districts reach out to our office for a list of Troops to Teachers participants to actively recruit to fill teacher vacancies.
We will also provide information of vacancies and local job fairs to help you find the right fit.
After program registration, the Troops to Teachers National Office will make the determination of financial assistance and incentives to assist with certification costs or as an incentive for teaching in a high-need school. You may be eligible for a $10,000 BONUS to work in a “High Need” school or a $5,000 STIPEND to assist with teacher certification expenses.



Why you?

  Skills you honed in the military — leadership, initiative, discipline, integrity and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment — are a natural fit for the classroom.
If you have a degree in science, technology, engineering or math, there is a special need for you in our schools. The concepts and approaches at the heart of the STEM disciplines — curiosity, inquiry, creativity, exploration, collaboration and critical thinking — are the skills that will most likely assist students in becoming successful in higher education, in the workplace and as citizens of the world.
  While classroom management is often one of the most significant challenges for new teachers, as a military service member, you are well prepared to meet the overall needs of diverse learning environments. School administrators overwhelmingly report that veterans have a positive impact on student achievement and are more effective in instructional and classroom management practices than traditionally prepared teachers with similar years of teaching experience.



How to Apply

Before you begin the process make sure you have the following:
  • Military Service Information
  • Education (there is no minimal education requirement to become a member of TTT)
  • Teacher Certification (if applicable) or Career Technical Teaching Interest (optional)
  • K-12 Education Related Employment (if applicable)
Most Troops to Teachers participants are certified through the Alternative Certification Process. The Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program provides an opportunity for individuals with non-teaching degrees to teach in Oklahoma accredited schools.
  • Send your application along with a $50 processing fee (personal check, cashier’s check, or money order) made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and the following.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities. Transcript must denote degree earned and the date degree was conferred.
    • A current resume
  • You will receive a letter notifying you if you are approved to seek certification through the program. If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter notifying you of additional requirements that must be met prior to receiving approval.
  • For more information on the Alternative Certification Process please visit Teacher Certification



Last updated on October 27, 2017