What is Connecticut Troops to Teachers?
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.
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.
These Veterans Chose to Teach
“The discipline, intelligence and courage it takes to succeed in military service make our veterans uniquely prepared to excel in the classroom. I look forward to visiting classrooms in the near future to see these new teachers in action.”
— U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Former Connecticut Teacher of the Year talks about state's Troops to Teachers launch
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