Marine Corps Center for Learning and Faculty Development (MCCLFD)
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MCCLFD transforms into the service premier learning organization that develops world-class leaders capable of designing, developing, and facilitating active, student-centered adult learning across the learning continuum in order to transition service-level learning from the industrial age to information age and create the 2030 force required to fight and win against near-peer competitors.

Train the Trainer School (T3S) has been in existence, in one version or another since 1944.  This date is significant because great strides were being made in the realm of adult education, and the year coincides with the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – more commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights, as millions of veterans return from WWII.  The need to incorporate adult education along with specialized facilitation training within the Marine Corps fostered the establishment of the Instructor Orientation Course on October 23, 1944 hosted out of Quantico, VA.  Eventually a detachment formed in Camp Lejeune, and a second detachment formed at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) in Coronado, CA – which eventually relocated to Camp Pendleton.  In March 1978, based on the requirement for a more formalized structure and the demand signaled from formal schools within Training and Education Command (TECOM) for more standardized instructor skill sets incorporating an adult education paradigm, the Commandant established three formal Instructional Management Schools (IMSs) in the Marine Corps being located at Quantico, Camp Pendleton, and Camp Johnson.  The IMSs were regional schools with the mission to train instructors, course designers and supervisors to effectively fulfill their duties within their formal schools.  In 1991, after the drawdown following Desert Shield/Desert Storm, TECOM closed the Quantico location and diverted resources to bolster the Camp Pendleton and Camp Johnson locations to better integrate adult education philosophies and practices into training Marines.  The two sites operated independently, providing training as each thought best.  Course objectives focused on principles of instruction, public speaking, training aids and publications, etc.  In December 2007, as the demand from the operating forces grew in support of the global mission requirements, IMS East and West were absorbed into T3S, consisting of two detachments and a headquarters element.  The headquarters element was to provide oversight and reinforce standardization as the two detachments continued to provide support in order to bolster training and education within the Marine Corps.


MCCLFD Director (703) 784-3425

MCCLFD Ops (703) 784-5758

Detachment East

Det OIC / FSMC (910) 450-0224

Det Deputy OIC (910) 450-1268

Det SNCOIC (910) 450-0967

Ops/Registration (910) 450-0327

Detachment West

Det OIC (760) 725-3079

Det Deputy OIC (760) 725-4746

Det SNCOIC (760) 763-5960

Ops/Registration (760) 763-5960

Design Learning Experience (CDC/DLEX)

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to succeed as a curriculum developer within a Marine Corps Formal School.  It is a blended course with a Phase I Distance Learning performed via a Learning Management System followed by a Phase II Resident period.  Principles of adult learning are incorporated throughout the following lessons: writing a target population description, conducting a learning analysis, developing learning objectives, learning outcomes, developing test items, selecting instructional delivery systems, sequencing learning objectives, developing a course structure, developing concept cards, conducting in-depth risk assessment, constructing a test, developing lesson materials and media, emerging trends, and instructional technologies. The students will also gain knowledge and skills on how to validate a Program of Instruction utilizing the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS), audit a Master Lesson File, and upload all material into the Training Resource Module in MCTIMS.

Facilitate Learning Experience (FLEX)

This course is designed for active duty and civilian personnel who are assigned as instructors/facilitators to Marine Corps Formal Schools per NAVMC 1553.2.  Instructors will receive training and education in the following areas to provide the foundation for success as Formal School Instructors:  Preparation for Facilitation, Effective Communication, Facilitate Methods of Instruction, Instructional Strategies, After Lesson Management, Performance Feedback and Assessment, Adaptability to Lesson Plans, Emerging Educational Trends, and the Marine Corps Instructor Mastery Model.

Formal Schools Management Course (FSMC)

This course will cover participation in the T&R process, the development and implementation of the staff and faculty development plan, evaluation plan, and academic Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as well as the conduct of a Course Content Review Board (CCRB), adult learning theory, and MCTIMS functionality overview.