Military veteran

Ready to “serve again” as an educator?

Washington is home to one of America’s largest concentrations of active military. We encourage our veterans to consider continuing their positive impact in communities and “proudly serve again” as educators. The Washington State Troops to Teachers program helps develop military veterans into qualified teachers.

Active duty personnel and veterans who have been honorably discharged are eligible for this program, and it will guide you through the teacher certification process.

Funded by the Department of Defense, the program aims to not only get disciplined, motivated, and enthusiastic veterans into our classroom, but to address the problem of teacher shortages and veteran unemployment in the state.

Troops to Teachers offers a bonus of up to $10,000 to qualified veterans who serve as teachers in eligible schools. Veterans with 90 days of aggregate active service, among other qualifications, after September 10, 2001 are also eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill which includes tuition assistance and certification reimbursement among numerous other benefits.

Since 1993, Troops to Teachers has helped over 20,000 veterans successfully transition to a career in education.

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Did you know?

Pathways to becoming a teacher can be either a “traditional route” or an “alternative route.” Understanding the difference will help you make the best pathway choice on your journey into the classroom.

When choosing between traditional or alternative routes, it comes down to what works best for you.


Take the first step on your next adventure in the classroom!