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Troops to Teachers

The Troops to Teachers program is a benefit provided by the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support to qualifying military personnel. The program assists veterans from across the country in their efforts to participate in another rewarding area of public service by sharing their knowledge and experiences with America's youth as professional educators. Qualifying members may be eligible to receive career counseling, job placement assistance and financial assistance. To find out more about how you can make a difference in the classroom as a professional educator, contact the Troops to Teachers National Office at 1-850-452-1950 or visit

Review the October 1, 2015 Troops to Teachers Program Update
Review the October 1, 2014 Troops to Teachers Program Update
Review the October 1, 2013 Troops to Teachers Program Update

To review a special message for current and former members of the military, describing available options for acquiring teacher certification, click here (updated on May 18, 2017).

Contact Information:

Robert P. Mellace III
West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Certification and Professional Preparation
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 6, Room 304
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 1.800.982.2378 (toll free)
Phone: 1.304.558.7010