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

The eSchool is excited to announce the release of ACSC Version 7.0.  Designed with a more personalized approach to OPME, this version provides not only elective options, but also delivers a more modularized learning experience.

ACSC 7.0 offers you choice. It exchanges the “one-size-fits-all” paradigm for one that aims to provide options to tailor your learning to your individual interests and career goals. Called “focused studies,” these courses comprise 20% of your ACSC 7.0 journey—which ones you take are up to you. Focused studies are balanced by a suite of “foundational studies” designed to ensure that each of you receives a solid base in critical and creative thinking, leadership studies, strategy and security studies, airpower studies, and joint operations studies.

Although ACSC 7.0 contains a larger number of courses than ACSC 6.0, its curriculum is designed as smaller blocks of targeted instruction. Each individual excursion builds on the last experience, while also preparing you for the next. Shorter courses bring efficiencies to your learning, while providing more flexibility to your family-work balance.

In the future, the eSchool plans to expand the number of electives to give you the opportunity to further tailor your OPME journey.

IDE/ACSC Distance Learning Curriculum Flow
ACSC DL 6.0 - Sunsets August 2020
IDE Distance Learning Program Model

ACSC DL 7.0 - Launches 9 October 2019

IDE 7.0 Curriculum Path

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


Canvas IDE 7.0 Transition Instructions

Transition Instructions

The ACSC DL 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: Requests for PME correspondence courses for international students are forwarded to the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron through the country Security Cooperation Organization or country embassy. The request must identify an existing source of funding (for example, FMS training case) or request preparation of a new training case; provide the name, address, email, and phone number for the U.S. military officer or U.S. civilian employee who will sponsor the student; and include written verification by the U.S. sponsor that the student meets the rank prerequisite for the desired program and is proficient in the English language to complete the program successfully.
  • Military
  • 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 the name of program desired 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.
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