Master Training Specialist Certification Earns College Credits

Story Number: NNS091106-26Release Date: 11/6/2009 8:50:00 PM
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By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Attention Master Training Specialist (MTS) certified Sailors - the American Council on Education (ACE) announced Oct. 28, their recommendation of nine college credits for the MTS certification. This follows the ACE review of the course materials and requirements.

ACE's efforts to recognize the educational value of military training and experience reach back to World War II. Since that time, ACE has continuously evaluated military schools, correspondence courses and occupations to determine the amount and level of academic credit each should be awarded. Through ACE, Sailors can receive academic credit for most of their training, including boot camp. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense and coordinated through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.

"Getting a college degree can be one of the best moves a Sailor can make," said Roland Perez, Institutional Accreditation manager for the Naval Education and Training Command. "But getting that degree can be expensive and time consuming. Using their Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) and ACE credits toward a degree can save hundreds of dollars and months of courses that Sailors would otherwise have to take. For example, an electrician's mate 1st class would be eligible for up to 18 college credits just from his or her rating, and an additional nine credits if MTS qualified."

The Navy's MTS program recognizes instructors who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, technical competence, application of instructional methodology and desire to improve fleet readiness through quality instruction. MTS certification includes nomination, completion of Job Qualification Requirements, testing and board evaluation.

The ACE recommendations for MTS were: Three semester hours in learning framework (lower division); three semester hours in instructional methodology (upper division) and three semester hours in educational leadership (upper division). Lower division credits can be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree and upper division credits can be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

"The ACE credits I was able to use for my bachelor's degree with Southern Illinois University saved me significant time in the classroom," said Senior Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW) Kenneth Spradlin, Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System division officer for the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola. "My MTS certification combined with other Navy schools and experience added up to 43 credit hours."

"Most, if not all Navy training courses and occupational specialties that meet ACE's requirements have either already been recommended for academic credits or are in the process of being evaluated or re-evaluated for credit recommendation," said Perez. "MTS is just the latest in the series. We have thousands of training courses with ACE-recommended credits spread across all of our school houses and learning sites."

To take advantage of ACE recommended credits for their specific rating, Sailors should visit their nearest Navy College Office or Educational Service Officer to review their SMART transcript and develop an education plan.

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. presents a Sailor with a certificate of educational achievement during the Naval Air Facility Atsugi's 2008 Recognition Ceremony.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
April 8, 2008
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