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Faculty development flight offers career enhancement opportunities

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- It's possible for civilian and military faculty and staff of the 81st Training Group to earn college credit while doing their jobs at Keesler. This credit can be documented on a Community College of the Air Force transcript and used to meet professional qualification requirements of military and civilian positions.

Opportunities through the 81st Training Support Squadron's faculty development flight fulfill professional requirements of CCAF faculty and staff and may open doors to careers in public education as well. As an affiliated school of CCAF and college of Air University, the 81st Training Group is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award college credit.

The faculty development flight qualifies civilian and military instructors and staff for technical training responsibilities at Keesler and other locations.

The flight provides cradle-to-grave professional development opportunities including the basic instructor course, an internship course, continuation courses and professional certifications. Instructors and staff attain qualifications and apply new skills to teach, develop, manage, evaluate or supervise the college curriculum of the 81st TRG.

The basic instructor course imparts teaching and learning management skills to new instructors who have already mastered the technical skills of their disciplines. It prepares them to integrate technology in the classroom and to apply the instructional systems development process to design, implement and evaluate curricula. Graduates of the course are awarded nine semester hours of college credit.

The year-long teaching internship provides practical teaching experience and classroom management opportunities under the mentorship of a seasoned instructor. Instructors exercise newly-acquired skills and gain practical experience in classroom or laboratory instruction, lesson plan and multimedia preparation, test development and administration, and academic counseling. Internship graduates earn 12 semester hours of college credit.

The faculty development flight offers a variety of continuation courses essential to ongoing professional development and the mission of the 81st TRG. Courses include training supervisor (three credit hours, training management (three credit hours), training development (three credit hours), objectives and tests (one credit hour), technical writer (two credit hours), fundamentals of instructional systems development (two credit hours) and career development course writer (six credit hours).

Professional certifications are encouraged. Those offered through the faculty development flight include teaching internship certification (12 credit hours), instructional system development certification (12 credit hours) and master instructor certification for course curriculum developers and managers assigned to the 81st TRG.

CCAF faculty may also complete three levels of CCAF instructor certification to recognize their professional accomplishments.

Certifications in education and other disciplines are important to career advancement in the military and civil service. The skills and knowledge acquired through the certification process enhance instructor and staff performance and may facilitate employment opportunities after retiring or separating from civil service. CCAF credit may be awarded for some certifications.

To learn more, visit the CCAF credentialing programs flight website at http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/certifications.asp or call DSN 749-5020.

CCAF credit hours earned by faculty and staff can add up quickly. They may be applied with credits from other colleges to qualify for employment in the instructional systems career field, also known as the GS-1750 Series. Applicants must have a bachelor's or graduate degree in any discipline and a minimum of 24 semester hours of college credit in four of five areas -- learning theory, psychology of learning and educational psychology; instructional design practices; educational evaluation; instructional product development and computers in education and training. For assistance to evaluate your course work, call the Air Force Personnel Center force support career field administrator, DSN 665-1706.

Career management is an individual's responsibility. The faculty development flight is a valuable resource available to 81st TRG instructors and staff. For more information, call 377-5076.