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Join the North Carolina Troops to Teachers program to translate your skills as a veteran into a career in education.
Your next mission will change lives
Join the North Carolina Troops to Teachers program to translate your skills as a veteran into a career in education.

What is North Carolina Troops to Teachers?

Troops to Teachers is a program available to all service members, veterans and military spouses that provides financial, licensure and job placement support to participants transitioning their leadership skills and core values into a career as a teacher. 

Supported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the national Troops to Teachers Program and administered by the Department of Defense, the Troops to Teachers Program has helped over 21,000 veterans transition to a career in education.

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At no cost, you will have access to:

  • Career counseling for veterans by veterans.
  • Committed veteran mentors from the point of enrollment in an educator preparation program through successful employment as a teacher.
  • Individualized, professional support in navigating the state’s teacher licensure requirements. 
  • Connections to hiring officials in North Carolina partner districts.
  • Financial assistance and incentives ($10,000 maximum):
    • Up to $5,000 stipend to assist with education leading to a teacher licensure.
    • Up to $10,000 bonus to teach in an eligible or high need school for three years.
  • What resources will Troops to Teachers provide me?

    At no cost, you will have access to:

    • Career counseling for veterans by veterans.
    • Committed veteran mentors from the point of enrollment in an educator preparation program through successful employment as a teacher.
    • Individualized, professional support in navigating the state’s teacher licensure requirements. 
    • Connections to hiring officials in North Carolina partner districts.
    • Financial assistance and incentives ($10,000 maximum):
      • Up to $5,000 stipend to assist with education leading to a teacher licensure.
      • Up to $10,000 bonus to teach in an eligible or high need school for three years.
  • Why teach in North Carolina?

    North Carolina is a veteran-friendly state. More than 730,000 veterans call North Carolina home, so you’ll be in a military community when you work and play here.

    The state needs qualified and passionate teachers with unique, applicable experience. As a service member, your dedication to service and leadership fits the bill.

    Veterans who become teachers tend to stay on the job longer and better reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of the state’s students. In North Carolina, schools look to hire more male-identified teachers, and 89 percent of veterans are men. Thirty percent of veterans also identify as minorities in a region striving to hire more teachers of color. Female-identified veterans help to encourage young women to pursue traditionally male-dominated disciplines, particularly in STEM areas. 

  • How will my skills transfer into the classroom?

    Through teaching, you can continue to fulfill your desire to serve by helping shape the future of our country. Teaching offers you an opportunity to continue a tradition of service.

    The skills you honed in the military—leadership, initiative, motivation, discipline, integrity, management and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment—are a natural fit for the classroom.

    School officials say that veterans exhibit strong communication skills and can interact effectively with parents. North Carolina is looking for teachers with the specialized skills that come with being a veteran like: 

    • Adaptability
    • Leadership
    • Behavior management
    • Discipline
    • Integrity
    • Global perspectives 
  • What funding opportunities are there for veterans?

    There are local and national funding opportunities for veterans to get help in a number of ways. 

    • North Carolina participates in the federal Yellow Ribbon program that covers the difference in cost between the in-state tuition of a public school and its out-of-state costs so that any veteran can enroll at a NC college at the in-state rate. 
    • Through the Brass to Class Act for North Carolina veterans, you can be awarded one year of teaching experience credit for every two years of leadership and instructional responsibilities during military service. That means a $1,000 pay raise for every one year of teaching experience. 
    • At the national level through the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans who attend participating higher education institutions are eligible to earn a postsecondary degree free of charge at public schools, or for significantly reduced rates at private schools. Find out if your school participates

    Head over to Programs to learn more about North Carolina's participating educator preparation options.

    Pro tip: Explore all North Carolina financial aid options to see a broader list of opportunities you may be eligible for. 

     

     

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