Sergeants School

Distance Education Program
College of Distance Education and Training

The Sergeants School Distance Education Program (DEP) provides sergeants with the knowledge and information necessary to assume leadership roles of greater responsibility. 

The instruction places emphasis on leadership, warfighting, training, and administrative and communication skills that are necessary for a sergeant to function at the squad level, lead Marines in combat, and mentor junior Marines. This DEP focuses on providing sergeants with the knowledge that allows them to successfully perform the duties of a small unit leader with confidence and decisiveness. The Sergeants School curriculum consists of eight courses, all designed to enhance leadership capability and prepare Marines for additional education at the resident Sergeants School or the Sergeants School Seminar Program (SSSP).

This DEP is a MarineNet self-paced curriculum (EPME5000) divided into eight subcourses.



The Sergeants School DEP is available to sergeants and above. It is a PME requirement for promotion from sergeant to staff sergeant.

Completion Benefits

Higher Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends 3 lower-division bachelor's or associate degree credits in Principles of Supervision.


Contact the MarineNet help desk for any information or guidance about CDET's distance education programs for enlisted Marines.

Transcripts can be obtained via MarineNet.

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