Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Certificate in Public Safety Administration

The Public Safety Administration certificates are designed for the person who works in public safety and already has a bachelor's degree or who is not interested in a bachelor's degree at the present time. There are two certificates in Public Safety Administration - Level I and Level II. The Level I and Level II certificate courses comprise the concentration in Public Safety Administration. For a list of the outcomes, refer to that section of the catalog.

Certificate Requirements

Level I: Certificate in Public Safety Administration

Prepares the public safety person for an entry level supervisory/management position.

PSA 305: Ethics in PSA3 cr
PSA 315: Public Safety Community Delivery Systems3 cr
PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in PSA3 cr
PSA 335: Group Dynamics in PSA3 cr
PSA 355: Human Resources in PSA3 cr
PSA 360: America's Homeland Security3 cr
Total18 cr

Only six credits will be accepted in transfer.= for Level 1.

Level II: Certificate in Public Safety Administration

Enhances the skills of the public safety administrator. Must complete Level I before taking Level II.

PSA 410: Political and Legal Systems in PSA3 cr
PSA 425: Counteracting Terrorism3 cr
PSA 440: Research Methodology in PSA3 cr
PSA 445: Strategic Planning in PSA3 cr
PSA 465: Global Perspectives in Emergency Management3 cr
PSA 499: Leadership in Public Safety (Capstone)3 cr
Total18 cr

Only three credits will be accepted in transfer for Level II. PSA 499 will not be accepted in transfer, and must be taken at Charter Oak.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Public Administration will be able to:

  1. explain the nature of public organization;
  2. explain the nature of the public policy process;
  3. identify ways to effectively involve citizens in public decision making;
  4. understand the characteristics and apply the values and responsibilities for the public interest as it relates to public and nonprofit leadership;
  5. demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver professional oral presentations and to research and write concise and documented organizational reports;
  6. identify and compare public policy and governments in a global context;
  7. understand the implications for public organizations and nonprofits in a pluralistic and diverse society and the accepted approaches for operating successfully in this environment;
  8. recognize ethical issues in public and nonprofit management and apply a framework for addressing them;
  9. apply appropriate strategic models to public policy decision making and evaluation;
  10. identify organizational opportunities and public policy challenges and utilize quantitative methodologies in their analysis;
  11. demonstrate the ability to apply information technology where appropriate; and properly and effectively use technology to develop and administer public policy

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