Public Safety Administration Certificates
Enhance Your Public Safety Administration Knowledge and Skills!
There are two certificates in Public Safety Administration - Level I and Level II.
The goal of both certificates is to provide experienced public safety professionals
with the academic and practical skills necessary for excellence in management and
administration. For more on the value of Public Safety Administration Education, visit
Why PSA Education?
The Level I and Level II certificate courses, combined, make up the concentration
in Public Safety Administration, which can be utilized in completing the Public Safety Administration degree.
Level I Certificate in Public Safety Administration
Prepares individuals for entry-level, supervisory/management positions in public safety
(i.e. homeland security, criminal justice, law enforcement, fire science). There are
six, 3-credit courses for a total of 18 credits. The courses are as follows:
- PSA 305 Ethics in Public Safety
Exploration of case issues and philosophies as they relate to personal and professional
accountability in the public safety environment.
- PSA 315 Human and Community Service Delivery
Survey of varying models and applications of public safety service delivery systems
throughout the United States.
- PSA 330 Cultural Diversity in Public Safety
Identification and analysis of various cultures and their diverse historical, economic
and societal variations within the context of the public safety sector.
- PSA 335 Group Dynamics
Examines how group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, decision making,
conflict resolution, and strategies for efficient group and task management in public
- PSA 355 Human Resources in Public Safety
Examines policies, behaviors and motives affecting recruiting, training, evaluation
and current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety arena.
- PSA 360 America's Homeland Security
Surveys the historical development, creation and purposes of and the Department of
Homeland Security and the corresponding national Strategy for Homeland Security. Examines
the effectiveness of such policies within a democracy.
Level II Certificate in Public Safety Administration*
Enhances the skills of public safety professionals through Web-based training covering
the latest advances in counter terrorism, public safety law, research, and personal
development. There are six, 3-credit courses for a total of 18 credits. The courses
are as follows:
- PSA 410 Political and Legal Systems for the Public Safety Professional
Analysis and application of the governmental and legal systems affecting the operational
and optimum functioning of public safety organizations.
- PSA 425 Counteracting Terrorism
An exploration of current issues, proposed solutions and shortcomings in public safety
preparation for and response to the threat of terrorism.
- PSA 440 Research Methodology
Analysis of problems and needs within the public safety sector, review related literature,
collect data, measure objectives and apply analytical skills to a public safety related
- PSA 445 Strategic Planning
Examines the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public
- PSA 465 Global Perspectives on Emergency Management
Examines the anthropology of disaster and its potential effects upon emergency management
and first responders through a comparative analysis of how the sociocultural background
of communities from around the world can drastically affect the impact of disasters.
- PSA 499 Capstone Course: Leadership in Public Safety
Synthesis of leadership theory in relation to the other Public Safety Administration
courses into a succinct research project that assimilates information to culminate
the Public Safety Administration program.
*Students must complete Level I before taking Level II.
Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course.
Apply online using our Certificate Application Form.