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Important Update Regarding Troops to Teachers: October 2021


Due to federal funding restrictions, the National Troops to Teachers program will be eliminated effective September 30, 2021. For additional information see the US Department of Defense Troops to Teachers Program. The Washington State Troops to Teachers program sunset in May 2021; however, OSPI continues to support military veterans, their families, and non-military affiliated candidates with recruiting, preparation, licensing, and placement assistance. Over the coming months, we'll work closely with participants, hiring authorities, and other organizations affected by the program sunset to communicate and coordinate final program details. 


Troops to Teachers Program registrations or bonus applications are not being accepted at this time. The Troops to Teachers Program and State offices will continue to assist current participants with teacher licensing and hiring assistance. 


Service members and veterans interested in becoming program participants should complete the Program Interest form


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