eSchool of Graduate PME - Air Command and Staff College (IDE)

IDE/ACSC Distance Learning Curriculum Flow
IDE Distance Learning Program Model

The eSchool's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) distance learning (DL) intermediate developmental education (IDE) curriculum is designed to produce a more effective field-grade officer serving in operational-level command or staff positions. The IDE/ACSC DL program emphasizes applying airpower in joint campaign planning and the operational art of war. Students explore national security issues, strategy and war theory, airpower history and theory, expeditionary Air Force force-employment concepts, and the capabilities and limitations that the US Air Force and its sister services contribute to joint force commanders.

All curriculum is web based and accessed through an online learning management system. In addition to readings, the program includes a variety of computer-based interactive learning activities and exercises and leverages social media tools to enable peer-to-peer interaction and learning. Self-paced study is enhanced by a national security paper and three multiweek, collaborative, online-facilitated seminars.

The program’s student-centered approach for learning is focused on measuring a student’s ability to think critically, analyze, and apply knowledge, often to real-world situations. During the facilitated online seminars, students have the opportunity to engage with peers and instructors and discuss and debate the ideas presented in the curriculum, contributing to overall mastery of the course and higher-order thinking.

All eSchool IDE/ACSC DL graduates receive joint professional military education (JPME) phase I credit. Phase I emphasizes the fundamentals needed for a sound basis in joint operations and provides a foundation for follow-on study for phase II education.


Student Handbook

Student Handbook

The ACSC DL 6.0 program produces graduates who are able to…

  • critically analyze leadership and command skills required to lead in complex, dynamic, and ambiguous operational environments [Program Outcome-1];
  • apply military theory in general and airpower theory in particular to operational problems across the range of military operations [Program Outcome-2];
  • plan for the integration and employment of joint forces at the operational level in whole-of-government operations across the spectrum of war and conflict [Program Outcome-3]; and articulate capabilities and limitations of Service and Joint organizations in the conduct of war at the operational level [Program Outcome-4].

The eligibility criteria for the eSchool's IDE/ACSC DL program are found in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2656, Developmental Education.

  • Military: The program is offered to O-4 selects and above. Persons may be active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserves (AFRES), or Air National Guard (ANG); sister service active duty, Guard or Reserve or Civil Air Patrol. 
    • Officers who are designated as IDE-selects are prohibited from enrolling in ACSC DL unless they fall under the criteria established in AFI 36-2301. 
    • ANG and AFRES members have the opportunity to enhance their IDE experience during Air Reserve Component Seminars (ARCS).
    • Army officers: Officers will not enroll in other than Army schools without written approval of the DCS, G-3/5/7 (Director of Training). AR 350-1, 10 DEC 2017
  • DoD Civilians: DoD civilian employees in the grade of GS-12 thru GS-13, non-appropriated fund (NAF) 4/5, DR-I and DR-II with a bachelor’s degree may also enroll. NH-II Civilians need to contact Air Force HQ/A1 for a determination of eligibility .
  • International: International applicants must be an O-4 select or higher. International officers must forward requests to Air Force Security Assistance Training (AFSAT) (with a CC to SAF/IA) through the country security assistance organization or country embassy. Please refer to AFI 36-2301, Section 11, for guidance.
  • If you meet the program eligibility, you must create an AUSIS account before enrolling. A CAC card is required to create the account
  • Go to AF Portal and login.
  • Under QUICK LINKS, scroll down to EDUCATION/TRAINING/FORCE DEVELOPMENT, and click on Air University Portal
  • Go to the silver bar that reads "Click here to login or create a new account," and click on "Create Account."
  • Go down to the menu bar on the left side of the AU Portal page and hover over "Distance Learning,"  then hover over "ACSC Non-Master's Distance Learning Program (NMP)" and select "AUSIS."
  • From the AUSIS page, click on "Create Account."

If you do not have a CAC card or are not able to create an account for any other reason, please submit a help ticket by clicking here.

Students enrolled in the IDE/ACSC DL program remain enrolled through completion, provided they stay in good standing. All students enrolled in an eSchool program must complete that program prior to being enrolled in the next eligible program.

eSchool Logo
eSchool of Graduate PME
51 East Maxwell Boulevard
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


eSchool Student Support
Help Desk Resources
Program Schedules Certificates

Student Management


Blackboard LMS Logins


Canvas LMS Login