Troops to Teachers Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Troops to Teachers Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

 

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Program and Eligibility

Financial Assistance

Teacher Licensure


Program and Eligibility

    How do I contact the Ohio Troops to Teachers program coordinator?
    David H. Schklar, USA, LTC (ret)
    David.Schklar@education.ohio.gov
    (614) 728-2704

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    What is the Troops to Teachers Program?
    Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter and Bureau of Indian Education schools. For more information go here.
     

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    Who is eligible to participate in the Troops to Teachers Program?
    Former and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard.

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    Is there a program deadline to apply?
    Program applications must be submitted within three years of retirement or separation to receive financial assistance. Current members of the Retired Reserves can apply at any time.

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    What are the advantages for veterans participating in the Ohio Troops to Teachers program?
    Ohio offers an Alternative Educator Licensure program to veterans holding a bachelor’s (2.5 GPA or above is required) or higher degree. Additionally, licensure is available for those veterans interested in Career Technical programs who have a high school diploma and five years of documented work experience. In recent years, Ohio passed legislation that increases starting pay for teachers, provides immediate in-state tuition rates to relocating veterans and family members, and waives the fees for initial and renewal licensure for veterans.

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    What services are provided by the Troops to Teachers program?
    Services include counseling and placement assistance for eligible members of the armed forces to become a K-12 teacher. Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet specific military service and application requirements. See Financial Assistance for additional information on financial assistance.

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    What does counseling and referral services provide?
    Counseling and referral services provide guidance on how to meet state teaching licensure requirements and choose a preparation program. Any current or former member of the armed forces is eligible for counseling and referral services.

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    What does placement assistance provide?
    Placement assistance services connect Troops to Teachers candidates with hiring officials.

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    Do I have a choice in the location and school at which I teach?
    Yes. Ohio’s Troops to Teachers program coordinator facilitates employment by connecting qualified participants with schools that are hiring. We work with a variety of schools and will provide you information on which schools are hiring. Remember that if you are approved for financial assistance, you must teach in an eligible or high-need school of your choice to meet your employment obligation.

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    How do I get started with the Troops to Teachers Program?
    The first step of becoming a Troops to Teachers Program participant is to register through the national Troops to Teachers program.

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    How do I get more information about the Troops to Teachers program?
    For more information on the Troops to Teachers program go to www.proudtoserveagain.com.

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Financial Assistance

    Is there a military service requirement that must be met to receive financial assistance?
    Military service requirements to receive financial assistance include:
    • 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).

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    Am I required to complete additional military service to receive financial assistance?
    If you are not retired, you must agree to serve as a member of the Selected Reserve of a reserve component of the armed forces for a minimum of three years. This does not apply to members of the armed forces separated or retired due to physical disability.

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    What is required if I receive financial assistance?
    You must agree to teach for a period of three years in either an eligible or high-need school of your choice to receive either a stipend or a bonus.

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    What is the Troops to Teachers stipend?

    The stipend is a payment of up to $5,000 to cover expenses incurred by the participant to obtain the required educational level, certification or licensing. The stipend is not available to those who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    You must agree to teach for a period of three years in either an eligible or high-need school of your choice to receive either a stipend or a bonus.

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    What is the Troops to Teachers Bonus?

    The bonus is a payment of up to $10,000 for eligible participants as an incentive to teach in an eligible or high-need school.

    If a participant is applying for a bonus to teach an academic subject, a baccalaureate or advance degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.

    If a participant is applying to receive a bonus as a career or technical teacher, you must complete the equivalent of one year of college from an accredited institution of higher education; show evidence of five years of full-time work experience or equivalent in the work field or the equivalent in military education and training as certified by the DoD; and complete an approved preservice career-technical education program.  Click here for more information.

    You must agree to teach for a period of three years in an eligible or high-need school of your choice to receive either a stipend or a bonus.

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    Can an eligible participant receive both the stipend and the bonus?
    Participants can receive a stipend and bonus but the combination cannot exceed $10,000.

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    What is an eligible school in which a participant can be eligible for a stipend or bonus?
    An eligible school is a public, charter or Bureau of Indian Affairs school where at least 30 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch. The participant can receive a $5,000 bonus in these schools. 

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    What is a high-need school in which a participate can be eligible for a stipend or bonus?
    A high-need school is a public, charter or Bureau of Indian Education elementary or middle school in which at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch or a high school where at least 40 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.

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    How much does an Ohio Teaching license cost?
    The fees for any initial Ohio educator license, permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans with honorable discharges or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces; the National Guard or Reserve; and the Ohio Military Reserve or Ohio Naval Militia (under the Ohio Adjutant General). Spouses of active duty service members also may receive a license free of charge. Click here for more information.
     

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    How can I receive personalized counseling throughout the process of receiving an Ohio educator license and finding work as an Ohio educator?
    Contact the Ohio Troops to Teachers program coordinator David Schklar at david.schklar@education.ohio.gov after registering on the national Troops to Teachers website.

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Teacher Licensure

    What type of teacher licenses are available?
    There are traditional and alternative routes to licensure. Traditional routes to licensure are formal teacher preparation programs. Alternative routes to licensure are considered non-traditional teacher preparation pathways.

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    I already have a bachelor’s degree (minimum of 2.5 GPA for teachers). Can I qualify for an alternative licensure?
    Go to Ohio’s alternative licensure program for information and contact David H. Schklar, Ohio Troops to Teachers program coordinator.

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    I am considering or currently working on a bachelor’s degree. Where can I find licensure information for Ohio?
    Go to the Department’s Educator Licensure page for licensure information. Contact David H. Schklar, Ohio Troops to Teachers program coordinator.

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Last Modified: 9/19/2018 5:26:54 PM