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Troops to Teachers

“Pennsylvania has a proud military heritage and is home to many tremendous veterans who want to continue serving their community. The Troops to Teachers program is a great way for veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to our classrooms, which benefits veterans and our students.” - Governor Tom Wolf 

Under Pennsylvania’s Troops to Teachers program, veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching are provided with counseling services on teacher education requirements and programs, as well as guidance around the teacher certification process and referrals to employment opportunities. In some cases, veterans are eligible for bonuses if they choose to teach in a high-need school. Veterans who are interested in the program may register online at Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers PA Regional Partnerships were established under the 2017-18 Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Troops to Teachers grant, with Slippery Rock University as the lead and West Chester University as a partner. This partnership designed a post-baccalaureate certification pathway for veterans who have foundational skills in math, science, and/or world languages. The 12-month pathway to certification involves placement in a high-need school with a coaching mentor to teach in a critical subject shortage area. The Lyceum Group LLC was contracted to manage the Troops to Teachers PA Regional Partnerships and to carry out activities related to counseling and referral of eligible veterans expressing an interest in becoming certified to teach in elementary and secondary schools in PA. 

On May 24, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf announced that his administration had secured a $1.6 million, 5-year Troops to Teachers grant to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching. Read more about Wolf’s announcement.

Watch a video, created by the U.S. Army, that highlights the Troops To Teachers program.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Stauffer | Higher Education Associate
Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality
Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg PA 17126
Phone: 717.783.6763 | Fax: 717.783.6736