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Join the Connecticut Troops to Teachers program to translate your skills as a veteran to a career in education.
Join the Connecticut Troops to Teachers program to translate your skills as a veteran to a career in education.

What is Connecticut Troops to Teachers?

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Connecticut Troops to Teachers is a program for all service members and veterans to receive counseling, financial and placement assistance in transitioning their leadership, core values and acquired skills to a career in teaching.

Supported by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Talent Office and the national Troops to Teachers program, facilitated by the U.S. Department of Defense, Troops to Teachers has helped more than 21,000 veterans successfully transition to a career in education.

This program helps reduce veteran unemployment while also providing students with exceptional role models in the classroom.

Who's eligible? All current members of the United States Armed Forces and former members who have retired or separated with honorable discharge.

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Find out how military veterans extend their service in Connecticut classrooms.

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Funding Opportunities

Veteran teacher Terry Henkle showing students their assignments

There are local and national funding opportunities available for military veterans.

In Connecticut, a variety of tuition waiver and financial aid programs exist to help veterans and other military personnel, including spouses and dependents, attend college. Visit Tuition Aid for Veterans on the Connecticut Office of Higher Education website to learn more and apply.

At the national level through the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans who attend participating higher education institutions are eligible to earn a postsecondary degree free of charge at public schools, or for significantly reduced rates at private schools. Visit Education and Training on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for a full list of Connecticut’s participating institutions.

Head over to Programs to learn more about Connecticut's participating educator preparation options.

Pro Tip: Check out Financial Aid & Scholarships for more funding opportunities catered to future teachers (veteran or not).

Where can I learn more?

Our mission is to help you discover if a career in teaching is right for you.

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