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Begin Your Next Life-Changing Mission

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

Begin Your Next Life-Changing Mission

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?

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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Where can I learn more?

Our mission is to help you discover if a career in teaching is right for you.
  • Talk to a Veteran Who Pursued a Career in Teaching

  • Sign up for TEACH Connecticut

  • Apply for Connecticut Troops to Teachers

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 Troops to Teachers provide me with?

  • Why do Connecticut's students need veterans as teachers?

  • How will my skills as a veteran translate to the classroom?

  • What financial aid programs exist for veterans/military families?

These Veterans Chose to Teach

Find out how military veterans extend their service in Connecticut classrooms.
  • Melissa Michaud-Maltese

    Navy vet Melissa Michaud-Maltese uses the life-saving skills from four deployments to keep students onboard during a global pandemic.

    Her Story
  • Sal Escobales

    Military veteran Sal Escobales considers teaching to be one of the most meaningful experiences of his life.

    His Story
  • Renita Casey

    Renita Casey served in the National Guard for 21 years. This is the story of how her military service gave her the skills and confidence to become a great educator. 

    Her Story
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“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

Connecticut Troops to Teachers Partner Programs


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