Troops to Teachers

Empire State College participates in the Troops to Teachers program for our Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. For more information, contact Desiree Drindak at or 800-847-3000,  EXT. 2779.

Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers assists eligible military personnel transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools.

Troops to Teachers coordinators provide counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification and employment leads.

Pending availability of funds, eligible individuals may receive stipends up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs, or as bonuses of $10K to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families.

Participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in targeted schools in accordance with the authorizing legislation.

Step by Step Guide to TTT

Determine eligibility for TTT program

Register for TTT program

Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and view the PDF file. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you can download it from the Adobe site. If you are still unable to view the file, please contact us at or call 800-847-3000.

Contact TTT Program Coordinator:

Vanessa Barron, M.Ed.
Colonel, USAR (R)
Regional Director
Troops to Teachers North Atlantic Region 
West Chester University Foundation
628 S. High Street, Filano Hall Suite 102 ~ West Chester, PA 19383
p: 610-692-7433 | toll free: 855-241-2173


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire’s Veteran and Military Education staff is ready to work with you to make earning your degree possible and affordable.


Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.
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