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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 Focused Studies to give you the opportunity to further tailor your OPME journey.

IDE/ACSC Distance Learning Curriculum Flow
 
IDE / ACSC 6.0 to 7.0

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 and spacepower history and theory, expeditionary Air Force force employment concepts, and the capabilities and limitations of air forces and space forces, and its sister services contributions 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. Students interested in earning a Master’s degree, in addition to IDE and JPME Phase I credit, should refer to the eSchool's Online Master’s Program (OLMP) information page.

 

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].
Eligibility

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 USAF/USSF, Air Force Reserves (AFRES), or Air National Guard (ANG); sister service active duty, Guard or Reserve or Civil Air Patrol. 
    • 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-11 thru GS-13 or equivalents 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.
Enrollment
 
  • Military
  1. If you meet the program eligibility, you must create an AU Portal account before enrolling. A CAC card is required to create the account
  2. Go to AF Portal and login
  3. Under QUICK LINKS, scroll down to EDUCATION/TRAINING/FORCE DEVELOPMENT, and click on Air University Portal.
  4. Go to the silver bar that reads "Click here to login or create a new account," and click on "Create Account." (if you already have an AU Portal account skip to step 6)
  5. Finish creating the account by filling in the applicable information.  We recommend using a civilian email address.
  6. Once you have established an AU Portal 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 DL” and select "Apply."
  7. On the Apply for Admission page, select “ACSC DL 7.0”
  8. Under Step 1 review the Eligibility criteria.  If you do not meet the criteria do not apply, the system will prevent entry, but it will waste manpower to review flagged applications.
  9. If you meet the eligibility criteria, select “Check for Eligibility”.  This does not actually check eligibility, it only allows you to update your profile information.  Please ensure you provide a civilian email address that you can access.  Once your profile is updated, go to step 2 and select “next”.
  10. Step 3 confirms your contact information has been updated.  Then click “Submit Application”
  11. If you are military, the system will run checks and automatically enroll you in the program if eligible.  You should receive an email notifying you of your status.  If the email confirms you are admitted to the program, then expect another email from noreply-ulis@asu.edu within 2 business days to initiate the onboarding into the ACSC DL program. 
  12. If you do not have a CAC card or are not able to create an account for any other reason, please email your request to acsc.eschool.operations@us.af.mil.
Civilian Enrollment Instructions

For course descriptions, see the current Air University Catalog.

Last Course Completed Gets Credit For: Must Take:
Leadership & Command

GSS-601S

 

ORN-601S, then LDR-601S (can use same deliverables) then the rest of the courses
Applied Leadership and Command

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A

 

ORN-601, then ISS-601S and the remaining courses
National Security

GSS-601S
DR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S

 

ORN-601, then WAR-601S and the remaining courses
Applied National Security

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S

 

Same as above.
ORN-601, then WAR-601S and the remaining courses
Warfare Studies

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S

 

ORN-601, then ISS-602A and the remaining courses
Airpower Studies

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S

 

Same as above.
ORN-601, then 602A and the remaining courses
Applied Warfare Studies

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S
ISS-602A
AIR-601S

 

ORN-601, then JNT-601S and the remaining courses
Joint Forces

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S,
ISS-602A
AIR-601S

 

Same as above.
ORN-601, then JNT-601S and the remaining courses
Joint Planning

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S
ISS-602A,
AIR-601S

 

Same as above.
ORN-601, then JNT-601S and the remaining courses
Joint Air Operations

GSS-601S
LDR-601S
LDR-602A
ISS-601S
WAR-601S
ISS-602A,
AIR-601S

 

Same as above.
ORN-601, then JNT-601S and the remaining courses

 

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