Troops to Teachers is a cooperative project between the Department of Defense and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Troops to Teachers is a federally funded program designed to assist separated members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Reserve Component Personnel with obtaining certification and employment as teachers. Applicants for employment as teachers must have at least a baccalaureate degree. All educationally qualified applicants will be extended placement and referral services.
Links and Documents:
Senate Bill 158, May 1991
House Bill 2246, May 1992
House Bill 1549, June 1995
The Alternative Placement Program provides an opportunity for obtaining a license/certificate while teaching in the accredited public schools of Oklahoma and completing professional education requirements. To participate in the program, an individual must declare the intention to seek employment as a teacher in an accredited public school district in Oklahoma. This program is available only to individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree, have passed the appropriate Oklahoma Teacher Certification Test(s), and have been accepted in the Alternative Placement Program through the State Department of Education.
The State Board of Education shall grant an Alternative Placement teaching certificate to a person who makes application to the State Board and meets all of the following criteria:
Secondary Certificate: Grades 7-12
Persons seeking certification through the Alternative Placement Program shall follow the procedures listed below:
Oklahoma Troops to Teachers
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Attn: Shelby Satterfield
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 213
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
FAX (405) 522-0385
Background: The Department of Defense Troops to Teachers program was established on January 19, 1994. Troops to Teachers is authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 1993 and FY 2000. Under this program, military personnel have the opportunity to pursue a new career in public education. Troops to teachers is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Pensacola, Florida.
Goals and Objectives: The stated goals of the original legislation are to help improve American education by providing mature, motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation's classrooms. The three main objectives of the program are to: (1) Help relieve teacher shortages, especially in math and science, (2) Provide positive role models for the nation's public school students, and (3) Assist military personnel successfully transition to a second career as teachers.
Current Status: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 transferred the responsibility for program oversight and funding to the U.S. Department of Education as of October 1, 2000. The Department of Education has appropriated funding to continue the referral and placement assistance functions of Troops to Teachers and to maintain the network of state offices. Military personnel interested in a career in public education may submit an application to DANTES. Services available under Troops to Teachers are describes below.
Program Function: The primary function of the program is Referral and Placement Assistance. DANTES provides counseling and assistance to help participants identify employment opportunities and teacher certification programs. Participants choose the area in which they want to teach. State Support Offices have been established in twenty-five states to assist participants with both certification requirements and employment leads. A Troops to Teachers Home Page was established on the internet to provide information and resource links to help participants transition to a second career in public education. An Internet Referral System has been established to allow participants to search for job vacancies "on-line". The Troops to Teachers Home Page includes links to State Departments of Education, model resumes, and other job listings in public education.
Eligibility: Military and Coast Guard personnel, veterans, Reserve Component Personnel who were separated not earlier than October 1, 1990 may apply for referral and placement assistance. Those interested in 'academic' teaching positions must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Those interested in teaching vocational subjects (e.g., electronics, computer, construction trades, etc.) are not required to have a college degree to apply, but must be able to document their skill level or expertise.
Application: Those interested in Troops to Teachers may contact their base Education Center/Navy College office for an application or download an application from the Troops to Teachers Home Page. Military personnel targeting a second career in public education should also register in the Public and Community Service Personnel Registry (PACS) through the base Transition Office.
Information: For more information about Troops to Teachers, write or call:
For a complete listing of the states with Troops to Teachers Support Offices, call DANTES or visit the Web Site.
If you hold a valid teaching credential in any state, you are eligible for Oklahoma certification in equivalent subject areas. If you do not have a valid certificate but (1) have previously held a certificate out of state, (2) have a master's degree and (3) have accumulated an additional 15 or more semester hours in a teaching field, you are also eligible for Oklahoma certification in equivalent subject areas. Based on evaluation of submitted material (detailed below), you may be granted one of the following Oklahoma teaching credentials.
If you have completed all Oklahoma requirements, including testing, except for a two- semester-hour course in education of the exceptional child (statutory requirement).
Completion of the exceptional child course would be required for the Standard Certificate.
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This certificate may be issued immediately even if all Oklahoma requirements have not been completed. During its validity you would need to pass the certification test(s) and complete a two-semester-hour course in education of the exceptional child (statutory requirement) if you have not already met these requirements. Certification is ultimately contingent upon successful employment (district-level evaluation) for one year in an accredited Oklahoma school district. During this year an administrator will provide supervision and a teacher or appropriate colleague will provide assistance as needed.
If you are subject to the Residency Program, a one-year license may be issued based on one of the above certificates.
Please submit the following materials to this office in one packet. A certification specialist will evaluate your materials to determine for which certificate/license you qualify. If you have more than one option, the specialist will contact you.
For More Information, Contact:
Shelby Satterfield, Director, SDE, (405) 522-4592