Intermediate Course

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Course Number

Phase 1

1-250-C61 (DL)

Phase 2

1-250-C61


Delivery Method

Phase 1

Online (Blackboard)

Phase 2

Virtual Classroom (Blackboard)


Duration

Phase 1

Self-paced not to exceed 180 days

Phase 2

Varies (see below)


Academic Hours

Phase 1

60

Phase 2

116


CEUs

Phase 1

6

Phase 2

11.6

Overview

The Intermediate Course prepares current and aspiring Army Civilian leaders (GS 10-12) to become more innovative, self-aware, and prepared to effectively lead and care for personnel and manage assigned resources at the organizational level. Training and developmental exercises focus on "mission" planning, team building, establishing command climate, and stewardship of resources.

The course is conducted through blended learning consisting of a distributed learning (DL) Phase 1 and an instructor-facilitated Phase 2.

Phase 1 – DL

Eligibility

The Intermediate Course Phase 1 is available to all Army Civilians as a self-development tool.

Prerequisites

Phase 2 – Resident

Phase 2 Virtual Classroom Information

The Intermediate Course Phase 2 is currently operating in an online, virtual classroom format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a group participation course with resident course instructors facilitating the learning. It is not a self-paced online distance learning course where students work alone. Students completing the virtual classroom Phase 2 will receive full credit for the resident Intermediate Course and will not be required to travel to Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Phase 2 is currently avaialable in three different course lengths, each requiring different weekly participation commitments:

  • 12-week Facilitated DL: This option requires students to participate in one (1) 2-hour regularly scheduled mandatory online video teleconference sessions with the entire class (Total 2 hours per week). Students are also required to complete both group and individual assignments outside the scheduled online session. Students meet virtually with their small group in order to complete group assignments. Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various homework assignments. Students typically spend additional time on classwork outside of the scheduled online meetings (5 - 7 hours per week).
  • 6-week Facilitated DL: This option requires students to participate in two (2) 2-hour regularly scheduled mandatory online video teleconference sessions with the entire class each week (Total 4 hours per week). Students are also required to complete both group and individual assignments outside the scheduled online session. Students meet virtually with their small group in order to complete group assignments. Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various homework assignments. Students typically spend additional time on classwork outside of the scheduled online meetings (10 to 15 hours per week).
  • 3-week Facilitated DL: This option requires student participation in two (2) daily, mandatory, 90-minute online video teleconference class sessions for the duration of the course. Students meet virtually between online sync sessions with their small group in order to complete group assignments. Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various evening and weekend homework assignments. Students typically spend additional time on classwork outside of the scheduled online meetings (4-5 hours per day). Between the two (2) daily, mandatory, 90-minute online video teleconference class sessions and the additional assignments, total daily work time requirement is 7-8 hours per day.

NOTE: Students do not have to be serving in a Central Standard Time (CST) zone location, but they must be available to participate during the CST working hours (0800-1600). Have access to a location with high speed internet access, computer device with webcam and audio/microphone capabilities (headset recommended). This may require students to have access to a commercial internet capability and personal computer/equipment if Government NIPR network and/or Government provided computer/equipment does not support full participation in the synchronous course activities.

Eligibility

  • Army Civilians in permanent appointments in grades GS–10 through GS–12 (or equivalent).
  • Army Non-appropriated Fund (NAF), Wage Grade (WG), Local National (LN).

Prerequisites

  • Foundation Course (required only for individuals hired after September 30, 2006).
  • Intermediate Course DL Phase 1 must be complete before the instructor-facilitated Phase 2.

Selection Priority

  • Priority 1: Army Civilians in a permanent appointment to a supervisory position.
  • Priority 2: Army Civilians in a permanent appointment to a non-supervisory position.
  • Priority 3: Military supervisors of Army Civilians, DOD and other Federal agency leaders. Army Civilians in term or temporary appointment who are responsible for leading or supervising Army Civilians. Priority 3 attendees are not centrally funded and must be funded by their organization.

Additional Information

  • Army Civilians must have a current performance rating of successful or above and be in good conduct standing.
  • Students must graduate from Phase 1 prior to registering for Phase 2.
  • CES courses are centrally funded for most Department of the Army Civilians. Refer to AR 350-1 for specific requirements and eligibility.
  • Courses are open to DOD employees and employees from other military departments. These employees are NOT centrally funded.

Accessing the Course

Apply through CHRTAS. If applying for Phase 2, select Intermediate Course Resident radio button, then Web Class (Select “400” series radio button). Verify email address and submit your request. Follow any instructions received in system-generated emails. This course is conducted using Blackboard.com and does not require a CAC-enabled computer.

Student Testimonials

Thank you for teaching such a great course and for giving me the confidence to reach higher. My expectations of myself and my colleagues are totally different now, and I'm grateful for everything I learned at CES. - Intermediate Course Graduate

During the CES goal planning exercise, I documented a timeline for completion of a Ph.D. I was very ambitious about finishing in December, but I worked daily to reach this goal. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and motivation. Taking the CES course over the summer helped me reach and accomplish my goal of completing the Ph.D. - Intermediate Course Graduate


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