In most states, Troops to Teachers does not train or certify teachers, but rather helps you to find and enter the programs that do. Then, if you are eligible, Troops to Teachers provides financial assistance in the form of stipends or bonuses. Becoming a teacher with the assistance of TTT needs to be viewed as three distinct processes occurring at the same time. Some individuals begin teaching before becoming fully certified.
- TTT Registration. To receive funds, you must register with TTT, request financial assistance, and then later fulfill the required 3-year teaching commitment in a high need school or district.
- Certification. You must fulfill the certification requirements of your desired state, often by participating in a teacher certification program.
- Finding a job. Obtaining a position is your responsibility. The TTT national and state support offices assist with certification and job hunting advice but are unable to perform employment agency functions.
For some individuals, registering in TTT, pursuing certification, and job hunting can occur almost simultaneously.