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The Defense Department’s “Spouses to Teachers” program was expanded to the Pacific region earlier this month, providing more opportunities for military spouses stationed in the Pacific to pursue a career in public education, according to program officials.

The program provides counseling and guidance on state-specific certification requirements, certification options, scholarships available and state employment resources. Up to $600 is also available through a voucher process to reimburse the costs of testing fees associated with teacher certification and licensure.

On the mainland, the program is offered in 14 states. It began in October 2004, and since then, 475 spouses have been hired in teaching positions with the assistance they have received, according to a Spouses to Teachers news release.

The program expanded to Europe in October 2006.

Eligible participants include spouses of active-duty personnel, Selected Reserve and National Guard, and Individual Ready Reserve recalled to active duty.

Spouses to Teachers is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Visit the Spouses to Teachers Web site at www.SpousestoTeachers.com or e-mail the program at stt@voled.doded.mil. for more information.

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