Want to Teach? DANTES can help kick start your teaching career
1/31/2017 12:00:00 AM

By Erin Roberts, DANTES Communications

The total number of members serving in the Armed Forces was 1,334,911, as of November 2016 (Source: dmdc.osd.mil). Now imagine that all of these members will one day separate or retire from service and transition to the civilian workforce. Many of these members are already considering a career path for future success as they transition. Many members know exactly what they want to do, but many do not. Many will seek careers using the skills they have honed while serving and many will try to find other career paths, but no matter what they choose – teaching is a most viable option providing personal satisfaction and so  much more. DANTES offers three military education benefit programs as tools to assist members with career and transition endeavors:

  • SOC CTE (Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Career and Technical Education)
  • KUDER JOURNEY - Career Guidance and Career Planning System
  • TROOPS TO TEACHERS – Careers in Education

SOC CTE (Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Career and Technical Education) 

For those members who know they want to continue in the career track that has provided them invaluable training while on active duty, the SOC CTE program is the place to go.  The CTE resource list identifies credit-bearing certificate programs in career and technical education fields with bright employment outlooks for military members. The list, however, is currently limited to the following career fields, with more to be added in the future:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The SOC CTE program helps military members with identifying CTE pathways to a civilian career with positive growth potential. The certificates can stand alone or be integrated into associate or bachelor's degrees offered by a SOC member institution. The CTE program is also a valuable option for those members who have interest in the listed career fields but may have no experience in these areas. As an added bonus, this program also sets a member up to transition from the military with two sets of skills: the skills to perform the job and skills to actually teach others to do the job. Many middle and high schools across the country are introducing CTE programs in a variety of fields, from construction and security to nursing and business/marketing. These classes prepare the next generation for the ever-changing world of employment and not only college readiness, but career readiness. As a military member with both job skills and leadership and management skills, a CTE teaching job is a definite possibility.   

The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel currently serving. For more information, go to http://www.soc.aascu.org/career-and-technical-education

KUDER JOURNEY - Career Guidance and Career Planning System

For those members unsure of what they want to do after the military, Kuder Journey is a great tool to use to discover individual strengths and areas of career possibility. The program is available to active duty, National Guard, Reserve personnel and military members in transition. It is a valuable resource during the transition process offering tailored career guidance and a career planning system designed to address each user’s individual situation. The career planning process starts with learning about oneself. The intuitive career planning system uses learning research-based interests, skills and work values assessments to kick-start exploration and ultimately encourage more career satisfaction. This is a great place for a member to start to really see what their personal strengths and passions may be. Check out this program overview video: https://app.kuder.com/masterweb/Content/K4A/downloads/DANTES/TUTORIALS/video/WhatsNextTutorial/whatsNext.htm

If a member finds that teaching is an option, DANTES has the perfect program for the next step, the Troops to Teachers program.

TROOPS TO TEACHERS – Careers in Education

Teaching is one career path that many transitioning service members should consider.  Service members and veterans are well prepared to meet the overall needs of diverse learning environments because they have experience, skills and traits that “fit” in this career field and will help them succeed in the classroom.  Skills like:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Drive and Initiative
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Global Perspective

Troops to Teachers (TTT) is the DoD/DANTES program that focuses on careers in teaching, by supporting military members and veterans who choose to pursue a second career as K-12 public, charter or Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers. The program provides the following assistance to eligible participants:

  • Counseling
  • Information about state certification requirements
  • Routes to state teacher certification
  • Employment facilitation
  • Financial support

In FY16, 8,120  service members and veterans were approved to be program participants.


Active, separated and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard may apply for the program. A member of the Armed Forces is eligible to participate in the program if the member’s last period of service was characterized as “Honorable.”  A member selected to participate in the program before retirement or separation from service may continue to participate after separation if their last period of service is characterized as Honorable.  For more information on eligibility, go to www.proudtoserveagain.com/About/Eligibility


Teaching is an admirable career and one that allows transitioning military members to continue to serve in their communities after serving their nation. Program services provided to eligible military members make this program an extremely valuable option when determining a next career. Counseling, navigating state requirements and financial assistance, in the form of a stipend or a bonus, may be available to participants who meet education, military service and application requirements.

A stipend is a payment of up to $5,000 to cover expenses incurred by the participant to obtain the required educational level, certification or licensing. Keep in mind that this may not be available to participants who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. A bonus is a payment of up to $10,000 for eligible participants as an incentive to teach in an eligible or high need school.  The maximum amount of financial assistance provided to eligible TTT participants is $10,000.

For more information, visit http://proudtoserveagain.com/Participants/FinancialAssistance


The first step to begin this life-changing mission is for the member to complete and submit the Troops to Teachers online application. Before beginning the application process, the member should have the following information available:

  • 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 Teaching Related Employment (if applicable)

A member can apply by going to the TTT website, www.proudtoserveagain.com  and selecting “APPLY” on the top left of the screen.

Select the “REGISTER NOW” button and continue through the online application process. The member will be asked various questions regarding military service and any teaching experience, as well as, three (3) preferred State choices for certification information and employment facilitation.  

The member will also be asked to identify certification/licensure and employment information, if applicable. At the end of the application, the member will be prompted to upload supporting documents such as: College Transcripts, Certifications, Licenses, or Teacher contracts.

The member will also be required to upload applicable military service documents such as: DD214- Member 4 Copy, NGB-22, Selected Service Contract or Yearly Point Summary.

Submit all documents that apply to the member’s status.  Before clicking on the Submit Application tab, review each section for correct data input.

Once the application is submitted, the Troops to Teachers Program Office will notify the member by email and provide information on the services they are eligible to receive, based on military service time, education and application date. The TTT Program Office is available to assist with individualized counseling to include program and state certification information.  Participants may contact a TTT Program Specialist by emailing TTT@navy.mil.


The TTT website, www.proudtoserveagain.com/ , also has a variety of information to assist transitioning members with any questions they may have before registering for the program. FAQ’s, www.proudtoserveagain.com/Faq, and an interactive state map on the main page allow members to learn more about the program, to include state specific certification and employment information by choosing a state they may be interested in teaching in.

Other sources of information on the TTT program include:

  • Facebook:  TTT.DANTES
  • Twitter: TTT_DANTES
  • LinkedIn: Troops to Teachers - DANTES/DoD (company page)

The Troops to Teachers Program was established to help transitioning military members and veterans begin new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Since 1993 when the program began, 20,000+ participants have been hired. In FY16 alone, 1,047 participants were hired, with 333 of them receiving a bonus. The program works! Share this information and encourage military members to consider teaching as a second career. They will make a difference in young people's lives and positively impact their local community. www.proudtoserveagain.com

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