Texas Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a federally funded program designed to assist retiring and separating military veterans to become teachers in their next careers. Since its beginning in November 1995, the Texas Troops to Teachers Office has counseled over 27,000 veterans, advising them on routes and programs to achieve full teacher certification in Texas, and referring them to districts for employment. Texas leads the nation in the number of veterans who have become teachers, with over 3,000 hired since 1995.
Nationally, the Troops to Teachers Program is funded by the federal Department of Defense, but is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) office in Pensacola, Florida. The DANTES office manages the registration of TTT participants, distributes all funding, and maintains contact with TTT participants who have received financial benefits.
At the state level, the Texas Troops to Teachers Office provides information and guidance to participants on all aspects of teacher certification. Texas TTT works with teacher certification programs to assist our participants in selecting the program that will work best for their certification process. We actively market the TTT program to all university and alternative certification programs, and provide funding to eligible participants to help pay for their certification programs and incentive bonuses for those who teach at high-needs schools. The Texas TTT office works closely with military installations to be sure that all eligible veterans who want to become teachers are aware of the benefits available from TTT. All service members and veterans, whether they qualify for funding from TTT or not, are encouraged to contact the Texas TTT office for information and assistance in becoming teachers in Texas.
To register for the Troops to Teachers program, click here.
Native American Affairs & Indian Preferance Act
"If you are Native American or American Indian, including Alaskan Native,
and can claim this documentation, via a tribal affiliation, then you have a
greater opportunity for employment teaching on or near a reservation.
Teaching positions offered with the Bureau of Indian Education, who claim
the Indian Preference are eligible, in many states. There are different types of schools on or near reservations: Public, Tribal, BIE, and Mission.
The Indian Preference Act of 1934 gives equally qualified Indian candidates
preference on jobs with the BIE. Verification Form BIA-4432 must be
submitted with the application for employment with a BIE school, if
claiming Indian preference. Consideration will be given to non-Indian
applicants, status or reinstatement eligible persons, in the absence of
qualified Indian Preference eligible persons, so this should not dissuade
you from teaching on a reservation if you are not a native. Public schools on or near reservations, run by the state, do not have that Indian
There is also a Teacher Loan Forgiveness program, offered by the federal
government, for all teachers teaching in a designated Title I school in
which up to 17,000 in federal student loans may be relieved: for teachers
teaching in specified content areas, and teaching for at least five full
consecutive years. "All elementary and secondary schools operated by the
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) or operated on Indian reservations by
Indian tribal groups, under contract with BIE, qualify as schools serving
low-income students. These schools are qualifying schools for purposes of
this loan forgiveness program, as well as Troops to Teachers.
The Bureau of Indian Education oversees a total of 183 elementary and
secondary schools, located on 64 reservations in 23 states. Of these, 59
are BIE-operated and 124 are Tribally-operated under BIE contracts or
grants. The Bureau also funds or operates off-reservation boarding schools
and peripheral dormitories near reservations for students attending public
In regards to certification, if the school receives federal funding,
teachers must be "highly qualified" per NCLB, meaning an applicant must
obtain state licensing, for most positions. Some provisions are made in
certain positions or vocational certifications, where the need is high.
The application and hiring procedures are uniquely different in each of the
three types of school operations discussed above. If you have any questions
about the Indian Preference Act, teaching on a reservation, or the types of
schools and their procedures, please contact the Troops to Teachers Director of Native American Outreach, Joey Strickland at email@example.com.
"Thank you for your service and commitment to our nation and children."
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