Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published February 20, 2017
The goal of the civilian Associate of Applied Science in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies program is to help AF civilians reach their full leadership potential. Courses have been designed to teach skills and competencies deemed critical to the Air Force and are based upon the Air Force’s Institutional Competency List. Many class projects will involve work-related activities. As a result, the program allows students to provide a positive impact to their work center as well as their own professional development. Completion of the program results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies. The degree is awarded by Air University and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Eligible AF civilians can complete the program at little or no cost to the student.
This 60 credit hour program is designed to be completed in two years in a fully online format. Students will take 10 core classes through Air University (see Program Major Curriculum) along with an additional 10 general education/elective courses completed through funded credit by exam or transfer credit. The USAF will pay for one attempt at credit by exam for each of the 10 general education/elective course requirements. Students will incur a one-year Continued Service commitment upon program completion.
Courses consist of a mix of scheduled live classes along with out-of-classes readings and assignments. Students will attend live webinar (class) sessions at scheduled times. Class times will be available before, during and after the duty day (this may vary depending upon your geographic location). All other coursework can be done during evenings or weekends, whenever it works best in the student's schedule.
Focus of the program:
Ideal qualities of an applicant:
Things to consider when applying:
Reasons AF civilians choose to use traditional AF civTA versus CADP:
These classes are taught by CADP using online systems for both "classes" and coursework.
Note: General education classes are currently not offered by AU. They will be completed individually by students while simultaneously working on Program Major classes. In order to graduate on time, students may find themselves spending up to 10 - 15 hours a week of off-duty time focused on program requirements (both program major and general education/elective requirements).
Applicants must have:
Interested applicants should submit the following during the application window (approximately March to May of each year). NOTE: The application process is currently transitioning to myVector. More info will be provided by AFPC.
• AF Form 4059. (Section 2: AAS in AF Leadership and Management. Section 3b need not be filled in.)
• Applicant Worksheet
• Resume (see myPers for example of format)
• Learning Agreement signed by employee and supervisor
When submitting application in myPers, please choose "CADP" as the program name.
Application forms can be found on myPers
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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the program can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org