Colleges with undergraduate certificates in certain high-demand fields are invited to have their programs vetted for recognition by the Defense Department's new Career and Technical Education Program.

Coursework must incorporate fully into an associate or bachelor's degree, and the certificate must be fully covered by military tuition assistance, among other criteria.

Applications are due Dec. 30.

The DoD-authorized list is being created by Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, under an agreement. SOC has worked for many years on coordinating credit transferability among military-serving institutions.

This is the second callout for CTE programs. The first resulted in 121 certificates being approved.

TA will not be limited to just those certificates on the list. The CTE program is a way to help troops identify a good value. 

Certificates will be reviewed in the following career fields:

  • Business management and administration
  • Health sciences
  • Information technology
  • Law, public safety, corrections and security
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Transportation, distribution and logistics

"Many service members build on occupational specialties and technical expertise acquired in the military to pursue civilian careers in high demand career fields," said Dawn Bilodeau, DoD Voluntary Education chief, in a letter announcing the call for applications. "Service members can accelerate their career path with necessary skills and credentials while on active duty by utilizing tuition assistance funding to complete certificate and degree programs in high-demand career and technical fields."

How to apply

"If you have certificate programs that you feel would be a valued addition to the CTE Resource list, please review the program requirements and submit an application found on SOC’s web site at

," Bilodeau said.