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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?

Teacher and Veteran Sal Escobales talking with a Veteran
Teacher and Veteran Sal Escobales talking with a Veteran

These Veterans Chose to Teach

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

At no cost, you will have access to:

  • Career counseling for veterans by veterans.

  • Program coordinators and faculty advisors at each of the Connecticut State Universities.

  • Committed veteran mentors from point of enrollment in an educator preparation program through successful employment as a teacher.

  • Individualized, professional support in navigating the state’s teacher certification and licensing requirements.

  • A support network of aspiring and experienced veteran educators.

  • Connections to hiring officials in Connecticut partner districts.

  • Financial assistance and incentives ($10,000 maximum):

    • Up to $5,000 stipend to assist with education leading to a teacher certification.

    • Up to $10,000 bonus to teach in an eligible or high need school for three years.

  • What resources will Connecticut Troops to Teachers provide me with?
  • Why do Connecticut’s students need veterans?
  • How will my skills as a veteran translate to the classroom?

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Veteran teacher Terry Henkle showing students their assignments

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.

  • Apply for Connecticut Troops to Teachers
  • Talk to a Veteran Who Pursued a Career in Teaching
  • Explore TEACH Connecticut
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