Troops to Teachers


Wisconsin Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a joint program of the U.S. Departments of Defense and Education that assists departing active duty military personnel, veterans and certain members/retirees who are associated with the reserve components, to transition to new careers as public school teachers. Wisconsin Troops to Teachers is part of the Lewis & Clark Regional Troops to Teachers which includes Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The program provides information, referral and financial assistance to eligible individuals who are interested in gaining certification and employment as teachers. These services are provided through a network of state offices across the country and a national office in Pensacola, Florida.

Federal legislation provides TTT enrollees pursuing requirements for teaching certification, who agree to teach in high need school districts, a stipend of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of teacher training programs. Those willing to teach in schools with a high percentage of students from low income families may receive a $10,000 bonus. Program participants cannot receive more than a total of $10,000 from TTT.

Teacher licensure/certification authority for the State of Wisconsin rests with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Current DPI standards require all applicants for licensure/certification to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Actual employment decisions are made exclusively by school districts.

There are various options for gaining authorization to teach in Wisconsin. Examples include the following:

Initial Educator License is gained by completing the normal program of education courses (including student teaching) that are taken through a Wisconsin teacher training institution.

Initial Educator License with Stipulations is issued to individuals who completed a teacher training program out-of-state. Additional work will be needed before stipulations can be removed.

Emergency Permit which is issued to an individual who does not have the education credits required for regular licensure. These credentials are issued for teaching positions which a school district is unable to fill with a licensed teacher.

Alternative Certification Programs (APCs) are programs which employ degreed individuals (without education credits) as teachers in public schools districts while providing training on the job. Visit the DPI website​​ for examples of specific programs.

Accelerated Evening Academic Programs geared to working adults, followed by student teaching.

Combination Programs that include online work, classroom instruction, seminars and teaching experience.

For teacher vacancy information visit the Wisconsin Job Seeker website or contact the regional Troops to Teachers office.

For detailed information, including eligibility criteria, and to enroll in the TTT program, read the TTT brochure, visit the national Troops to Teachers website, or call 800-231-6242.

Contact Information

Lewis & Clark Region Troops To Teachers Office
Montana State University
PO Box 172940
Bozeman, MT 59717-2940
Toll-free: 866-478-3224

DANTES Troops to Teachers (National office)
6490 Saufley Field Road 
Pensacola, FL 32509-5243
Toll Free: 800-231-6242 
Phone: 850-452-1320 
DSN: 922-1151