Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL)

Troops to Teachers (TTT) - Proud to Serve Again

The TTT Program is currently not available until their federal funding resumes. When in place again the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) ARL Program works in partnership with the TTT's Program. The purpose of TTT is to assist eligible military personnel to transition to new careers as public school teachers. The TTT mission is to provide timely, personalized assistance towards obtaining a state teacher’s license.

For eligible applicants, there is a $5,000 stipend to help defray the cost of a licensure program and a bonus up to $10,000 if you teach in a low-income school.

In order to determine eligibility, please register at TTT - Proud to Serve Again.

Following registration, if you are interested in the Utah TTT program, please contact:

Autumn Kruis
Utah’s TTT State Director
Phone: (800) 438-6851
Fax: (719) 526-1557 | akruis[at]troopstoteachers[dot]net(E-mail)

To apply for USBE’s ARL Program and TTT, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the TTT application at TTT - Proud to Serve Again. There is no fee required for this TTT application portion.
  2. Complete Utah's ARL application process and pay the fee, make check payable to USBE. 
  3. Once USBE’s ARL Program receives your full application and fee, ARL will review your eligibility and contact TTT to confirm your participation in the program. You will then receive a letter from the USBE ARL program.

TTT participants follow the ARL program regular steps with the exception of the following:

  • USBE ARL program allows TTT participants to submit applications year round instead of just during the open window period.
  • USBE ARL program provides eligible TTT participants to receive an ARL plan and begin taking courses and testing, even before being hired to teach.

All TTT participants in the ARL program will need to obtain employment with a Utah accredited school. Participants in the ARL program complete course work determined by a transcript review, take required content knowledge test(s), teach for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years in a licensed position, successfully pass evaluations of classroom performance skills by the principal and, upon program completion, are recommended for licensure by the principal and ARL advisor. Participants are responsible for all costs involved in completing the ARL process, and this step is where TTT's stipend eligibility can help defray the costs. Participants successfully completing the Alternative Routes to Licensure program will be issued a Level I Utah Professional Educator License.

For more detailed information on eligibility, possible routes, the licensure process, etc., please refer to USOE’s Alternative Routes to Licensure website and contacts.

Online Resources

Federal Troops to Teachers