Vocational Opportunities

The Guard can help you or your spouse get training in many fields, including teaching, education, medicine and more. Your recruiter can supply more information about these innovative programs.

The National Guard helps Soldiers leverage their military training in the civilian world through credentialing. By obtaining licensure or certification, Soldiers can show that they've acquired the professional skills and technical standards required in their chosen profession.

Troops to Teachers is a program designed to help military personnel transition to a new career as a public school teacher. Stipends up to $5,000 and bonus incentives up to $10,000 are available for agreeing to teach in a "high need" district. This program provides mentoring opportunities, placement information and alternative teacher credentialing opportunities. Guard Soldiers must have 10 years of service to qualify for stipends.

The three-part Praxis Series Assessments provide tests and other services that states use as part of their teaching licensing certification process. A number of professional associations and organizations require these tests as one licensing criterion for individuals entering the teaching profession.

The Praxis I test is a Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) designed to measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. It is taken early in your college career.

Praxis II tests are Subject tests that measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. There are Subject assessments, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests, and Teaching Foundations tests.

Praxis III Classroom Performance Assessments test the skills of beginning teachers in classroom settings. Currently, DANTES funds only levels I and II.