The Base Education Center (BEC) offers a variety of FREE testings throughout the year. Please click on our Testing Calendar tab to learn more and make your appointment. Check out the events and workshops available on our Events/Workshops tab.
Need help putting the pieces together? The Base Education Center has Education Specialists who can offer academic guidance to active duty military personnel, family members, and federal employees who want guidance when preparing for college.Counseling
appointments are about one hour in length and available Mon-Fri.
helps cover tuition costs for courses taken at an accredited college,
university, or vocational/technical institution leading to a certificate,
associate, bachelors, or master’s degree. Marine Corps requirements to
receive tuition assistance can be found in MCO 1560.25, MARADMIN 687/14 and
There are different types of testing programs available through the education center:
College Level Exams-There are a wide variety of civilian college tests conducted at the Base Education Center (mainside) including ACT, SAT, and proctoring services. Each exam requires an appointment. To schedule an appointment please call (760) 725-6414/6660.
CLEP and DSST tests are offered through Coastline Community College. Students who wish to register for these tests should go here.
Military Classification Testing-All military testing is by appointment only. Service members from all branches of service can take the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) at the Joint Education Center. Marine Corps, Navy, and Army personnel may retake their ASVAB, but are required to provide documentation before scheduling an appointment.
*Marines who want to retake their ASVAB must meet the qualifications specified in MCO 123.5c ASVAB retest policy letter. Click here to read the ASVAB retest policy letter
*Navy personnel are required to submit a specific request chit from their command in order to make an appointment for testing.
*Army personnel are required to submit a DA form 4187 from their command before making an appointment.
Financial Aid Brief
Are you confused by all the different types of financial assistance programs and scholarships that are available to students? The Base Education Center offers a financial aid workshop offered monthly to explain the various types of programs students may apply for. Please check with the education center for dates and times. Students who need help completing the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are encouraged to attend.
Joint Services Transcript
Formally called the SMART, the Joint Service Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted record of military training that has been validated by the American Council of Education (ACE) and takes military training and translates it into civilian college credit. Information on JST can be obtained here.
The Department of Labor program is open to all active duty personnel, and combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction. Those who complete the program while on active duty will receive a certificate of completion of apprenticeship status for their military skills. Information on the apprenticeship program is available at this link:
Academic Skills Program
This program is designed to improve reading, writing, communications, and math skills for active duty military personnel, dependents, and civilians. Academic Skills Program is not an ASVAB prep course but can help members strengthen their skills on subjects tested on the ASVAB and can improve their work performance and enhance performance in future education. This program is free and requires 30 day permissive TAD orders for active duty personnel.
Marine Corps Cool Program
COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) 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 help get them started. COOL can also help you understand ways to get a credential or complete your education in order to maximize your professional development. To get started, click here.
Leadership Scholar Program
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) is a partnership between universities/colleges and the U.S. Marine Corps to help further your education. For more information visit website.
Higher Education Track
- This track is designed to assist you in creating a customized plan for a
successful transition to a higher education institution. You do not need to
complete the 5 day TRS track to attend. Attendance of the two-day track will
facilitate the accomplishment of the Education Career Readiness Standards
- Interest assessment
- College application
- School counseling appointment
- Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
In addition, this track serves as a guide in:
- The admissions process
- Choosing a degree completion program
- Choosing a college institution
- Funding options including: state and federal benefits, scholarships,
grants, and student loans
- All attendees must be in pressed, clean Business Casual attire, no jeans,
shorts, flip flops.
Spouses are encouraged to attend TRS and Follow-On Track Options.
TRS participants are encouraged to bring their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops and
tablets to class.
|Mainside 2-Day Higher Education Track||SOI 2-Day Higher Education Track|
|Register for Mainside Here||Register for SOI Here|
|Jan 10-11||Jan 24-25|
|Feb 7-8||Feb 21-22|
|Mar 7-8||Mar 21-22|
|Apr 11-12||Apr 25-26|
|May 9-10||May 23-24|
|Jun 6-7||Jun 27-28|
|Jul 11-12||Jul 25-26|
|Aug 8-9||Aug 29-30|
|Oct 3-4||Oct 24-25|
|Nov 7-8||Nov 28-29|
|Dec 5-6||Dec 12-13|
Schools Aboard Camp Pendleton
The Base Education Center (BEC) at Camp Pendleton provides a wide range of high quality educational programs to enhance professional and personal learning for all active duty personnel and their family members. The following includes schools and programs offered on base:
Central Michigan University – (760) 725-0485
Central Michigan University offers graduate-level degree programs, including a Masters of Arts in Education and Masters of Science in General Administration in several specialized areas such as Human Resource Management.
(760) 725-0485 or (760) 385-0412. Fax: (760) 385-0414
Mon–Thu 8am-4pm, Fri 10am-6pm
Central Texas College – (760) 725-6386
Central Texas College is a two-year school and offers Associate Degrees in the following programs: General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Science, Business Administration, Business Management, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Corrections Specialization, and Information Technology.
(760) 725-6386; (760) 385-4942 Fax: (760) 385-4942
Mon-Thu: 7:30am-4:30pm, Fri 7:30am-3pm
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – (760) 385-0152
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an NROTC school that offers Certificates, Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees in the following areas:
Certificate of Aviation Maintenance, Associate and Bachelor’s in Aeronautics, Associate and Bachelor’s in Technical Management with majors in Engineering Science, Facilities and Construction Management, Information Security, Information Systems, Project Management, and Occupational Safety and Health, Bachelor’s in Aviation Maintenance, Master’s in Aeronautics and Project Management.
In addition, Embry-Riddle offers 13 Bachelor’s and 16 Master’s Degrees at their Oceanside Campus, Eagle Vision Home and Online.
Mon-Thu 8:30am-5:30pm, Fri 8:30am-3:00pm
Park University – (760) 725-6858
Park University is a four-year school and offers Bachelors Degrees in the following areas of study: Business Administration, Information and Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Public Administration, and Social Psychology.
(760) 725-6858; Fax: (760) 385-0351
Mon-Thu: 8am-5pm, Fri 7:30am-2:30pm
Palomar College – (760) 744-1150 x7818
Palomar College is a two-year college offering Associate Degrees in the following:
- Administrative of Justice- Law Enforcement
- Administrative of Justice- Homeland Security
- General Studies- Arts and Humanities
- General Studies- Science and Mathematics
- General Studies- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Certificate of Proficiency- EMT Basic
(760) 744-1150 x7818
Mon-Thu: 8:30am-6:00pm, Fri 8am-2pm
National University – (760) 268-1533
National University is offering Bachelor’s of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Camp Pendleton. Other degrees offered online include: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a California Preliminary Multiple Subjects teaching credential, Master of Business Administration, California Teaching Credentials, Single Subject, Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials, and Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Mon-Thurs 8:00am-6:00pm, Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
In addition to schools currently located aboard Camp Pendleton, additional schools come to the Education Center to provide counseling and support to students who are attending those schools. Dates and times vary.
For information on Department of Defense (DoD) Education Programs, click here.
If Your Testing Date Requires You to Make an Appointment Please Call (760) 725-6414/6660
All Testing Will Take Place at Mainside Base Education Center, Bldg 1331
* Must Be In Uniform
We are excited to announce the New Base Education Center
Please visit this page, like us to keep up to date on the latest Base Education Center news and events.
School of Infantry BEC