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The 39th Mission Support Squadron Education Office sponsors courses offered by a variety of colleges during the week as well as on the weekends and at lunch time.

During your tour in Turkey, you'll have an opportunity to get a higher education from three academic institutions on base: The University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Central Texas College (CTC).

All three institutions provide degree programs in residence on base and distance learning classes. There are also masters level courses offered from ERAU and UMUC. Typically, however, here at Incirlik masters degree programs must be done by distance learning.

Certificate programs are offered here by CTC. Undergraduate programs are available in business, technical, computers, humanities, aviation, criminal justice, education and social science fields. Masters degree programs include business administration, health care administration, telecommunications, management, criminal justice, counseling and international relations. University of Phoenix, and Oklahoma University are the other U.S. Air Forces in Europe-contracted schools for the European theater; however, they do not offer any courses here at Incirlik.

Tuition Assistance
Tuition assistance has been raised to $250 per credit hour or up to $750 per three hour course. Each member has a total of $4,500 per year to use on classes. Also military members have $4,500 for any one certification program while on active duty.

Community College of the Air Force
People can set up an appointment with a Community College of the Air Force adviser by calling 676-3211. Appointments can be made Tuesday - Thursday from 1 pm - 4 pm and Fridays from 8 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 4 pm. CCAF is the easiest degree for active duty member to get as normally all of their AF courses and schools they have attended will work towards the 64 credits they need for their degree in their AFSC. 

University of Maryland
The University of Maryland University College offers resident courses in several subject areas like math, history, English, business management, and many more. UMUC credit for courses are based on a semester-hour system and most in-residence classes offer three semester hours of credit. The UMUC schedule runs five terms a year. The university also offers many weekend seminars, usually worth one semester hour and offers, when available, a few lunchtime courses as well. Occasionally UMUC seeks temporary faculty among on-base members. If you're interested in teaching, you can contact the field representative at 676-6474.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace, engineering and related fields. Course offerings and locations are often very flexible, meeting the needs of both the military population and core hour requirement standards. You can contact the Field Representative at 676-1098 for further information.

Central Texas College
Central Texas College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education on base. They also have many courses which are offered through distance learning education. CTC also has the Microsoft Certification Program online for which tuition assistance can be used. For further information contact the Field Representative at 676-8399.

In addition, the education services center can help students continue their higher education through non-traditional means.

CLEP and DANTES tests
Testing is conducted five times per week at the Education Center (Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and no testing on Fridays).

Through various Defense Activity for Non- Traditional Education Support (DANTES) programs students have an alternative to traditional classroom courses. These programs include credit-by-examination, independent study and external degree programs. Independent DANTES courses are available from about 40 regionally accredited colleges and universities. Course credits from these institutions are generally transferable, but students should check with their institution's degree requirements before enrolling.

Other services
The Education Center is here to provide you and your dependents educational support; including education and career counseling, educational funding opportunities, academic testing, credentialing, transcripts of your military training and experience, officer ascension advising and other services where appropriate.

Hours of Operations:
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Testing offered Monday - Thursday

Building 975

Contact Information
Mailing Address:
Unit 7075 Box 160
APO , AE 09824-5160

Phone Numbers:
DSN: 314-676-3211
COM: 90-322-316-3211
DSN FAX: 314-676-2981
COM FAX: 90-322-316-2981

Email: 39mss.dpe@incirlik.af.mil