Veterans in education

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opportunities for veterans becoming teachers
  • Troops to Teachers – A Department of Defense program providing funding and assistance to military members transitioning to careers as public school teachers. Arizona is one of the top 10 states for Troops to Teachers placements.

  • TEACH grant  –The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant program provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. ASU leads the nation in federal TEACH grant recipients – more than 1,300 students received grants in 2012.

  • Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for teachers —Designed to encourage individuals to enter and remain in the teaching profession in certain specialty areas.

  • AmeriCorps opportunities —More than 700 students received a total of more than $1 million in AmeriCorps education awards as student teachers in 2011-2012.

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College scholarships —One application takes about 20 minutes to complete. The college offers nearly 100 scholarships totaling more than $500,000.

A new mission

Ray Urquieta
First a Marine, now teaching fifth grade — alumnus Ray Urquieta (BAE, '13) was featured in Raising Arizona Kids about his dramatic change in jobs.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College values the exceptional contributions of our veterans, and welcomes current and former members of the military and their dependents as students preparing for careers in the education field. ASU offers many benefits and opportunities for veterans and is recognized as a military-friendly school. This year the university was named to Military Times' 'Best for Vets Colleges' list for the seventh consecutive year.

Whether you are a freshman, transfer or graduate student, ASU and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College stand ready to support your mission of earning a degree. We have many alumni veterans who have successfully transitioned from military service to serving students in a classroom.

"Veterans share camaraderie,” says Associate Professor David Garcia, a veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry. “They share a sense of pride having served and sharing a similar experience. One thing I think most of us experience is, once you tell people you are a veteran, that sense of appreciation from them. Most people recognize that it is service. It's service to your country. It's service to yourself, and it's something that takes an extraordinary person to do."

Academic credit for military service

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College accepts up to 12 military course credits toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in educational studies. See your advisor for details.

Success tips for student veterans

  • Know your benefits. ASU has many resources for student veterans, including:
    • Pat Tillman Veterans Center — locations on four campuses and online
    • Advising on education benefits
    • A veteran-specific introductory course
    • ASU Student Veterans Club
    • Veterans Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association
    • Counseling services
    • Scholarship opportunities
    • In-state residency for tuition purposes to honorably discharged veterans
  • Create a game plan and schedule time for attending classes, studying and down time.
  • Develop relationships with your advisor, support staff and peers, and find a mentor.
  • Get connected. Participate in activities you enjoy, join a student organization and attend student events.
  • Stay active. You have access to multiple Sun Devil fitness centers and intramural sports so you can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise.
  • Stay optimistic. Remember your experiences and stay confident that you will adapt.
  • We are here to help. Contact the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Office of Student Services on your campus for support.