Troops to Teachers
About Troops to Teachers New Mexico
The Troops to Teachers New Mexico Program assists transitioning service members and veterans with meeting the requirements necessary to become teachers, and assists program participants with finding employment as a teacher when eligible. Every eligible New Mexico service member interested in a career in teaching will receive assistance to transition his or her leadership, training, and core values to teaching in kindergarten through grade twelve schools.
New Mexico is experiencing an increasing teacher shortage in critical content areas such as math, science, and special education, as well as in our rural and ever-growing suburban areas. While we have a teacher shortage, we have a population of over 12,000 active duty members of the military and approximately 170,000 military veterans ready to fill the void and support our children.
Troops to Teachers New Mexico focuses on conducting outreach opportunities at New Mexico’s 4 military bases, and to work with NM educator preparation programs, NM Veterans’ affairs, and the NM’s Department of Workforce Solutions to support and retain potential military educators.
Frequently Asked Questions
Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning Service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.
Former and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard (additional restrictions apply).
Services include counseling and placement assistance for eligible members of the armed forces to become a K-12 teacher. Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet specific military service and application requirements. See “Financial Assistance” for additional information on financial assistance.
Program applications must be submitted within three years of retirement or separation to receive financial assistance, with the exception of retired Reserves.
You will not be eligible for financial assistance, but will be eligible to receive counseling and referral services.
Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet military service and registration requirements. The maximum amount of financial assistance provided to eligible TTT participants may not exceed $10,000.
Counseling and referral services consist of guidance on how to meet state teaching certification requirements and choose a certification program. Any current or former member of the armed forces is eligible for counseling and referral services.
For more information, please contact: Robert Faris