Education Center

Education Program
Our mission is to provide personal and professional learning opportunities that positively impact the recruitment, retention and readiness of active duty Marines. The staff is highly in tune with the demands of military life and has developed several programs that enable military personnel to advance their education. 

The Education Center has three higher learning institutions that offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. These institutions offer programs online, on CD or at one of their campus locations in the local area.

Academic Counseling is available to help all Military Personnel, Veterans, and Family Members reach their educational goals. The Education Center can assist students in choosing a school that best fits their needs. Students are not limited to institutions aboard MCAS Miramar. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.

New Postsecondary Complaint System (PECS)
Who should submit a complaint?  If you or your family member receives active duty military Tuition Assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Scholarship recipient, and are experiencing problems with your school, you are encouraged to submit feedback at the [ PECS site 

Testing Programs
The Education Center offers a variety of tests to include: 

  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), 
  • Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
  • Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT)
  • SAT/ACT 
  • FAA A&P Certification Testing
  • Free Proctoring Services 

Testing is provided to all eligible patrons. To review our testing dates for 2019, please click [ here ].

NOTE: Prior registration is required for all testing except TABE. Please call the Education Center at (858) 307-1801 to schedule an exam.

CLEP, DSST & Pearson Vue Testing is offered through National University. Follow these instructions to schedule your exam and obtain your registration ticket with voucher number.  A list of available CLEP & DSST exams can be found [ here ].  For additional information or questions, the National University office aboard MCAS Miramar can be reached at (619) 563-7357.

Military Academic Skills Program (MASP)
Unfortunately, our Military Academic Skills Program (MASP) will be coming to a halt this Fiscal Year (FY) due to unforeseen circumstances. We are doing our due diligence to get it back up and running in the future; however, we currently only have the following two MASP classes remaining for this FY20, and all other previously planned courses are officially cancelled:

  • Class 20-02 beginning on 02DEC2019, and ending on 13DEC2019 (registration opens on 28OCT2019, and ends on 22NOV2019).
  • Class 20-03 beginning on 06JAN2020, and ending on 17JAN2020 (registration opens on 25NOV2019, and ends on 27DEC2019).

Due to the above courses being the final two courses remaining for this FY, it is highly encouraged to get the word out to the Marines, and facilitate their participation as much as possible, if they so desire. Your help with this would be greatly appreciated! Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other amazing Education Center staff with any questions or concerns! We are always here to help! The respective MASP application is attached. Thank you in advance for your time, and effort with this!

To register, please complete the [ Active Duty Registration Form ] or [ Civilian Registration Form ]. To view our MASP Schedule, please click [ here ].

Joint Services Transcript (JST)
The JST (formerly SMART) is a record of each Service Member’s military training for which the American Council on Education (ACE) recommends college credits.  Service Members can get a copy of their JST at the Education Center or online by clicking here ]

The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
USMAP is a formal military training program that provides active duty Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Service Members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship upon completion of the program.  USMAP requires no off duty hours. It combines on-the-job training and related technical instruction to allow members to achieve status as a journeyman in their MOS field, enhancing job skills and showing motivation for more challenging military assignments. In addition, completing  USMAP provides a competitive edge civilian job market because employers know the value of apprenticeships. For more information visit [ this page ].

Leadership Scholar Program (LSP)
Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) is a partnership between highly selective universities/colleges and the U.S. Marine Corps to assist qualified and honorable discharging Marines to continue their education. To find out if you qualify and which schools participate in LSP, click [ here ].

Financial Aid & Scholarship
In addition to Tuition Assistance, there are many opportunities to fund your education.  Please visit the Education Center in Building 5305, “The HUB” for assistance with the [ Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ] or for guidance on alternative funding opportunities, including grants and scholarships.

Marine Corps COOL
Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) helps Marines find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).  COOL explains how Marines can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to get started.  To access Marine Corps COOL, click [ here ].


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Education Center

Bldg. 5305
Mon – Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm
Telephone Number:
(858) 307-1801
Fax Number:
(858) 307-1800

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