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Ellen ColemanEllen Coleman

Associate Director

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2005

Phone: 609-777-5696, EXT. 4522

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Prior to working at Thomas Edison State University, Ellen Coleman began her career in accounting for a firm in Philadelphia. As she followed her husband to Virginia Beach, she worked as a substitute teacher to become familiar with the area. Ellen then worked for Tidewater Community College on the Norfolk Naval Base and then onto the Navy College as a counselor. She has been involved with Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME) for eleven years, chairing the Membership Committee, Member-at Large and presently on the Board as Treasurer.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Temple University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Leo University and Masters in Education from Troy University.

What She Has to Say

Working at Thomas Edison State University for the past 15 years in the Military and Veteran Department has been incredibly fulfilling. Helping the military accomplish their education goals as they are honoring our country gives me great pride. It is a wonderful feeling to see smiles when they complete their degree and know I helped with their achievement.

It is with this in mind that I thank you for considering Thomas Edison State University, and hope that I have the privilege of working with you, in order to achieve your academic goals.

Why It Matters

Chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972, Thomas Edison State University pioneered and established distance-learning options, long before "online" became our present everyday reality. We have not been idle through the years, as we have also worked to take full advantage of your military training and experience by developing competitive and relevant degree programs, which enable you to transfer the maximum amount of credit for your military experience and transfer credit.

Top Five Navy Degree Options

The below are our five most-recommended degrees, which generally represent the most open or flexible options for our Sailors, based on their experience. Does a program below fit your needs? If so, we invite you to apply, as we can get you started quickly, and free-of-charge.

  1. Associate in Applied Science in Applied Electronic Studies
  2. Associate in Applied Science in Applied Health Studies
  3. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Technology
  4. Bachelor of Science in Electronic System Engineering Technology
  5. Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology

Not connecting with the above, or looking for a more specialized route? We realize every Service member is unique and as such, you may be looking for a degree that reflects this.

If you are unsure of which program is for you, or are curious to see how your credits will fit into any of our degree options, then we invite you to try the Military & Veteran Portal (MVP). Simply upload your military transcript to review your credit options, at a glance and in real-time, as you browse more than 100 available degree programs.

Our Promise to You

In order to ensure your success in completing your degree, Thomas Edison State University strives to meet or exceed the following Principles of Excellence, as established under Presidential Executive Order 13607.

  • Up-front and transparent pricing, in order to gain a better understanding of the total cost of education.
  • Minimize out-of-pocket expenses, by identifying potential military and veteran education benefits.
  • A no-pressure, self-determined educational experience, emphasizing degree completion, over institutional compensation.
  • Delivering only high quality regionally accredited educational programs.
  • A seamless readmission process, should a Service member experience an interruption to their education.
  • Accommodations for our deployed Service members, should they need to drop or extend a course, as a result of service in the field.
  • Custom tailored roadmaps, establishing both a snapshot of what has been earned and a clear path to completion.
  • From application to graduation, each student is assigned a dedicated advisor, who is there to help.

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