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Former and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard qualify for counseling services as they prepare to obtain an Ohio educator license and a teaching job in Ohio.

Participants must meet additional requirements to be eligible for financial bonus and/or stipend from the national office.


Financial Resources

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  • Honorable character of service if separated or retired
  • Any member who, on or after 10/1/1999, becomes entitled to retired or retainer pay (must apply within three years of retirement date)
  • Any member who has an approved date of retirement that is within one year after the date on which the member submits an application to participate in the program
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, is retired or separated for physical disability (must apply within three years of retirement or separation date)
  • Any member who has been transferred to the Retired Reserve
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, has completed a total of at least six years of active duty service, six years of reserve service and signs a reserve commitment agreement for a period of not less than three years (must apply within three years of active duty separation date)
  • Any member who, on or after 1/8/2002, is separated or released from active duty after four or more years of continuous active duty immediately before the separation or release and signs a reserve commitment agreement for a period of not less than three years (must apply within three years of active duty separation date)

The Ohio Department of Education has eliminated fees for educator licenses to recognize the contributions of military families. The fees for any initial Ohio educator license, permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Spouses of active duty services members also may receive a license free of charge. Learn More.

Last Modified: 3/8/2019 3:08:38 PM