DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) is a DoD organization created to help Servicemembers pursue their educational goals and earn the degrees or certification they deserve while continuing to serve their country.
Think of it this way: Traditional education requires reporting to class, and sitting in a classroom on the teacher's schedule. However, "Non-Traditional" education is completely flexible, it fits your schedule, life style, and goals. Through the programs that DANTES' supports, your local education services office or Navy college office have the tools to help you be successful.
DANTES offers information and support for numerous "Non-Traditional" ways to pursue these academic and vocational goals including information about courses taught through:
DANTES provides support programs, information, and resources that help your Education Service and Navy College offices help you research, select, and pursue educational goals. For example DANTES offers the following support programs:
This program provides several examination programs through which an individual may:
Most tests are offered at your local education center or Navy College office on a funded basis for eligible military personnel and on a limited funded basis to eligible civilians. Some programs may be offered to civilians on an unfunded, space-available basis.
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This program offers information allowing easy access for you to take individual courses, enroll in external degree programs, or earn certificates and degrees that can expand your career horizons.
DANTES maintains three online catalogs that list distance learning courses and programs:
Note: In most cases your service's TA program will cover the courses listed in the DANTES Catalogs and Guides. Additionally, the MGIB will cover ALL the courses and programs listed.
This program provides academic credit recommendations for training completed while in the service. The results of these credit recommendations are published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, also known as the ACE Guide. These evaluations are provided in the form of official military education and training transcripts. Contact your local education service office or Navy College representative for assistance.
Click here for more details on how you can earn college credits for military experience.
This program serves as DoD's advocate and liaison for the servicemember who is pursuing a college degree. They help to facilitate military credit transfer and acceptance among the colleges and universities, while requiring minimal academic residency. The listing of colleges and universities is published in the SOC Consortium Guide.
Click here to learn more about SOC, and how it can help you reach your goals.
DANTES also distributes a number of guidance materials and inventories that you can find at your local education center, Navy College office, and family support centers. These materials can be used to provide counseling to Servicemembers and family members. The Interest and Aptitude inventories (questionnaires) provide measured interests in career fields and diversified academic areas.
Guidance Materials and Interest Inventories:
Through DANTES, your local Education Service Office or Navy College representative can provide the following six guidance assessments:
All of these assessments and inventories can be accessed via the Internet except the Holland. Online versions don't have to be taken at the education center; they can be taken at any computer with Internet access.
DANTES provides informational videos on a range of topics including:
A Matter of Degree:
DANTES: Your Partner for Success:
SOC: Getting a College Degree while on Active Duty:
The DANTES Certification Program provides support and information to give Servicemembers an opportunity to test on an assortment of credentialing examinations in such areas as Information Technology, federal communications, human resources management, automotive services, and emergency medical technology.
DANTES has approximately 60 agreements with nationally recognized certification associations. Certification examinations document a person's level of competency and achievement in a particular area. Military personnel may already have the experience and knowledge required to gain certification in their occupational specialty.
In addition the ARNG provides a reimbursement benefit for Army National Guard Servicemembers that pay for one certification or licensure examination sponsored by DANTES. Certification and licensure examinations are offered at your base Education Service Office's test center and national test centers. Find additional information on the ARNG Reimbursement Program at www.dantes.doded.mil/dantes_web/certification/ARNG.htm.
The purpose of TTT is to assist eligible military personnel (including eligible National Guard) to transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools. A network of State TTT Offices has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. The TTT homepage www.proudtoserveagain.com provides information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education. Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10K to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the Stipend or Bonus must agree to teach for three years in targeted schools in accordance with the authorizing legislation. Call 800-231-6242, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more details, and to take advantage of opportunities DANTES provides, contact your local Educational Services Office. You can also get more information at the TTT website: www.ProudtoServeAgain.com.
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