Hours of Operation:
Mainside Bldg. 1331
Mon- Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Wed, Closed 8:00am – 9:00am) as of June 29th.
SOI Bldg. 520512
Your safety is our top priority. Please review our current policies/services:
- Call (442) 288-6213 / (760) 725-6660 / (442) 288-5845 or email CPEC@USMC.mil for appointments or assistance
- All patrons must wear a Face Mask upon entering the facility
- Military Testing available by appointment only (space is limited)
- Individual Higher Education counseling sessions are available virtually by appointment only
- Check in/out will be at Bldg 13150 walk-in. Face coverings required.
On-base schools Advisement counseling sessions are available by appointment only visit www.mccscp.com/bec for contact information
The Base Education Center (BEC) is dedicated to providing personal and professional learning opportunities to service members, their families and DoD civilians. We are committed to delivering a variety of resources to help achieve personal and professional success.
The DANTES-sponsored ACT Exam program is experiencing some changes. At this time, DANTES is referring service members to National and International ACT Test Center locations for testing options, with Exam Reimbursement provided by DANTES.
Service members can find National and International ACT Test Center locations, registration information and additional
testing instructions at: ACT Website Click Here
ACT Test Center Locator Click here
The service member is responsible for scheduling and paying the test fee up front. If you choose to take the Essay or writing
section, there is an additional fee, and DANTES will reimburse this fee as well.
Eligible service members may receive DANTES Reimbursement of test fees (only) for two ACT exams per lifetime of service.
Tuition Assistance requests are still being processed at this time. Please visit https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil for Marines to create an application for tuition assistance. If you require additional assistance, please email the Base Education Center at email@example.com including your (EDI PI #) or call (442) 288-6213.
Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Update for Transfer of Education Benefit:
TRANSFER OF POST-9/11 G.I. BILL PROCESS UPDATED. MARADMINS number: 017/20 Date signed: 14 JAN 2020
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.
United Services Military Apprentice Program (USMAP)
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Military Community and Family Policy MC&FP has temporarily expanded eligibility for the Tutor.com for the U.S. Military Families program (Tutor.com/military).
The program provides on-demand academic support 24/7 online in more than 100 subjects for grades kindergarten through college students. With the temporary program expansion, online tutoring and homework help via www.Tutor.com/military is now available at no cost to any adult or child in a DoD civilian or Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve or Wounded Warrior military family. This includes: service members, civilian personnel, spouses and college-age children who are enrolled in a college or professional development course, grades K-12 children who are now navigating at-home learning with less access to their teachers, and ROTC, NROTC, and DoD Service Academy Cadets who are wrapping up an academic year. Full program eligibility details are posted at www.tutor.com/military/eligibility.
Military personnel and family members can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need proctored testing for your college, please call theBase Education Center at (760) 725-6660/6414.
Please call to make an appointment to take the following military exams: DLAB, DLPT, & AFCT.
**Uniform and CAC card required for these exams.
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