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.
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)
- FAA A&P Certification Testing
- Free Proctoring Services
Testing is provided to all eligible patrons. Prior registration is required for all testing except TABE. Please call the Education Center at (858) 577-1801 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.
College 101 / Tuition Assistance Brief
The College 101/TA Brief is an excellent opportunity to learn more about career planning, choosing a degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs, finding a school applying for admission, financial aid options, and tuition assistance procedures. This brief is mandatory for all Active Duty Marines who plan to utilize Tuition Assistance benefits. This brief is offered every Wednesday at 1130 in the Education Center. Spouses are welcome to attend.
Military Academic Skills Program (MASP)
The Military Academic Skills Program (MASP) is a free, two-week program that focuses on English, Math and communication skills. MASP is designed to help Military Personnel and their family members build a solid academic foundation which will enable them to prepare for exams and advance their education. PTAD orders are required for Active Duty Military. This is not an ASVAB/AFCT prep course. San Diego Community College District provides this course at no cost to attendees. To register, please complete the Active Duty Registration Form or Civilian Registration Form.
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.
Classroom and Miramar Room Reservations
To reserve a classroom or the Miramar Room, please submit all requests to the Education Office. Classroom reservations are authorized on a space available basis for official functions. Please complete the classroom reservation request form and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (858) 577-1800.