Due to new legislation, the eligibility criteria for referral and funding have changed.
They are currently determining the new eligibility criteria and will be updating their site soon.
In the meantime, if you are/were a member of the armed forces (active or reserve) and are interested in teaching, recommend that you submit a TTT registration form (link at end of this post) and your status will be determined upon processing.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) in Georgia
One of the first steps in obtaining teacher certification in Georgia is to review the information found on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website. You will find the answer for most of your certification questions there. Review the section under “Steps to Teach” on the right side of the page and pay special attention to item # 6, the Certification Self Evaluation.
The GACE Assessment
All new teachers certifying in Georgia must complete the requirements of the “Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators ” (GACE®). There are two parts to the GACE assessments; the two exams are the GACE Basic Skills Assessment and the GACE Subject Content Area Assessment.
The GACE Basic Skills Assessment is normally taken prior to the GACE Subject Content Assessment. The GACE Basic Skills Assessment is four hours long and It includes separate exams in General knowledge math, reading comprehension and writing.
The GACE Subject Content Assessment is the second part of the GACE requirement. It is a subject specific assessment designed to evaluate the specific subject area in which you intend to certify and teach.
Assessment Preparation Materials (Study Guides) for all GACE Assessments are available on the GACE Web Site.
If you live in Georgia, go directly to the GACE web site to register to take the GACE Assessments. These exams are also available at military base education centers for military personnel living outside the state of Georgia.
There are several possible avenues available for completing your initial teacher certification requirements in Georgia.
Traditional Certification Options
- University Programs: The first option is to enroll in a state approved university teacher certification program. A list of state universities and the subject areas certification programs that they offer can be found by linking to Georgia Certification Programs.
- Distance Learning Programs: There are also universities that offer online certification via distance learning programs. For a list of some of those universities go to Distance Learning Programs. Completion of an online certification program from an out of state university requires an additional step for Georgia Certification, but due to reciprocity agreements between most states the process is fairly simple in most cases.
Non-Traditional Certification Methods
- Intern Program (old GaTAPP Program)
- One Year Practicum Program
Register on the state’s TeachGeorgia web site. It is Georgia’s official website where school systems post their teacher vacancies. It will prove to be a valuable tool in your employment search. Most of Georgia’s 181 school systems post their job vacancies there.
Mr. Bill Kirkland, Southeast Region Director
Ms. Anita Bryant, Southeast Region Coordinator
Southeast Region Troops to Teachers
College of Education Building
30 Pryor Street, Suite 1018
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Toll Free: 800-745-0709
Phone: 404-413-8199, 404-413-8139
Troops to Teachers (TTT) in Alabama
One of the first steps in obtaining teacher certification in Alabama is to review the information found on the Alabama Department of Education web site at Alabama Department of Education .
All new teachers certifying in Alabama must complete the requirements of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP). There are two parts to the APTTP assessments. The two exams are the Basic Skills Exams and the Praxis II subject content area assessment.
Alabama Certification Information
For general information on Alabama teacher certification go to Alabama Certification. A list of Alabama Universities Offering Alternative Class A Certification Programs can be found at Teacher Education & Certification Publications.
As with any profession, networking your skills and talents is essential to finding a teaching position. Many Troops to Teachers candidates have found working as a substitute teacher to be an excellent way to network in a school district. To become a substitute teacher simply go to your local board of education and request a substitute teacher application. While individual school systems my increase the requirements for substitute teachers in their individual school system, generally speaking the state standard is to have a high school diploma (or GED) and complete a background check. The process is fairly simple and it is a great way to get experience in the classroom. Once you have met the Basic Skills and Praxis II subject content assessment requirements and proven yourself in the classroom as a substitute teacher, there are a number of things a school system can do to assist you in the employment process.
Alabama Teacher Vacancies and Teacher Job Fairs
Alabama’s official website where school systems post their teacher vacancies is Alabama Teacher Vacancies; It will prove to be a valuable tool in your employment search and most Alabama school systems post their job vacancies there. We recommend that you also review the postings which may appear on the individual school systems separate web site.
Go to Alabama Teacher Job Fairs for a list of upcoming teacher job fairs in Alabama.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) in Tennessee
Tennessee legislation continues pushing for progress in education reform, making the state more attractive to new teachers and lifting the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state. In addition to the broad range of charter school opportunities, Tennessee is looking for highly effective teachers to fill high-need areas such as math, chemistry, physics, special education, and foreign languages. Teaching in Tennessee allows up to five years seniority on the pay scale for service members, and your military pension is not taxable.
Tennessee is looking for passionate individuals who will make a difference in the classroom. Together we can make Tennessee the number one location in the Southeast for high quality education.
As with any profession, networking your skills and talents is essential to finding a teaching position. Many Troops to Teachers candidates have found working as a substitute teacher to be an excellent way to network in a school district.
To become a substitute teacher simply go to your local board of education and request a substitute teacher application. While individual school systems my increase the requirements for substitute teachers in their individual school system, generally speaking the state standard is to have a high school diploma (or GED) and complete a background check.
The process is fairly simple and it is a great way to get experience in the classroom. Once you have met the Basic Skills and Praxis II subject content assessment requirements and proven yourself in the classroom as a substitute teacher, there are a number of things a school system can do to assist you in the employment process.
SE Regional Office Manager
Phone: (404) 413-8199
Toll Free: (800) 745-0709
Cell: (404) 791-1853
Fax: (404) 413-8103
Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers
Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers program for the states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a Department of Defense Program. It is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), in Pensacola, Florida.
The purpose of the program is to assist eligible men and women who have served the nation as members of the Armed Forces and are now seeking second careers as teachers in America’s public schools.
The primary focus of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers to teach in high needs subject areas such as math, science and special education and to help veterans with their transition to second careers in education. Regional and state TTT offices have been established to assist TTT Candidates with counseling and assistance. Troops to Teachers is not a teacher certification program.
Troops to Teachers Candidates must meet all state teacher certification requirements for the state where they desire to teach. Through the Troops to Teachers Program, eligible military veterans may receive a stipend of up to $5000 to help them pay for state teacher certification and a one-time bonus of up to $10,000 for agreeing to teach in a high needs schools. The stipend and bonus combined cannot exceed a total of $10,000.
As the teacher shortage continues to grow, school districts are increasingly turning to TTT to find new teacher candidates. School districts that hire one military veteran through TTT almost always come back looking for more “just like him/her.”
Military veterans have established a reputation as excellent teachers and exemplary role models for today’s students. The leadership skills, breadth of experience, dedication, commitment and maturity that our former marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen bring to the classroom are attributes sought by public school administrators and parents.
If you are considering teaching as a second career, submit a Registration Form to Troops to Teachers and join the thousands of other military veterans who are “Proud to Serve Again.”
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