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College of Education and Social Work

Troops to Teachers

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College of Education and Social Work

35 W. Rosedale Ave.
302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

General Information: 610-436-2321

Candidate Services: 610-436-2999
Certification Information: 610-436-2321
Clearances: 610-436-2999
Clinical Experiences: 610-436-3090
Deans Office: 610-436-2321
Professional Testing Center: 610-436-2413


Troops to Teachers

West Chester University [WCU] is partnering with Slippery Rock University [SRU] with the support of a Pennsylvania Department of Education [PDE] Troops to Teachers grant to recruit potential candidates for a yearlong Troops to Teachers [TTT] program. The yearlong certification program leading to PA level I teacher certification will focus on recruiting troops with an undergraduate degree in STEM fields [Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Mathematics or foreign languages] and prepare them to teach in high needs school districts. All potential candidates will be admitted through Slippery Rock. The main coursework will be delivered online, facilitated by faculty from both SRU and WCU. Teacher candidates from the … will receive support throughout their practicum and student teaching semester from WCU faculty. Prospective veterans who do not meet the requirements of the SRU and WCU TTT PA Regional Partnerships may still be eligible to participate in Troops to Teachers in other ways by registering at and requesting assistance from Bonuses ‘may’ be available.

Pennsylvania Certification

Earn your teacher certification in just one year!

Troops to Teachers is a convenient, one-year program intended to help current and former members of the US Armed Forces with a bachelor's degree (in math, science, foreign languages or related degree) earn teacher certification through the College of Education and Social Work.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your Teaching Certificate in one year’s time.
  • Online courses to fit with your busy schedule.
  • Access to the resources and support of West Chester University’s Veteran’s Center
  • Two instructional coaches, advisors, and additional strong supports throughout the program
  • Assistance securing a teaching career after completion of program.
  • Tuition may be covered via the GI Bill
  • Stipends and signing bonuses are available.

Course Schedule

  • May 2018: Field experience
  • June-July 2018: Four online courses
  • Sept 2018-May 2019: Full-year residency as a student teacher + one traditional content specific course


  1. Contact Information Form
  2. * Application Form – the links below will take you away from WCU to SRU and DANTES websites to complete application to the program:

  3. Submit SRU application - Application fee is waived.
  4. Register by submitting the Proud to Serve Again application.
  5. Contact Dr. Mary Houser or Dr. Beatrice Adera at



Dr. Mary Houser, 610-436-3234
Dr. Beatrice Adera, 610-738-0455


live in the Philadelphia area


job openings for teachers


have transitioned to a career in education thanks to Troops to Teachers

*Between 2014 and 2024, nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through postsecondary school. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
*Within in the Philadelphia area there are 460,330 veterans (Census Bureau’s American Community Survey)
* Since 1993, more than 20,000 veterans have successfully transitioned to a career in education with assistance from Troops to Teachers (Troops to Teachers)