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.

Total18 cr
PSA 305: Ethics in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 315: Public Safety Community Delivery Systems3 cr
PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 335: Group Dynamics in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 355: Human Resources in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 360: America's Homeland Security3 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.

Total18 cr
PSA 410: Political and Legal Systems in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 425: Counteracting Terrorism3 cr
PSA 440: Research Methodology in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 445: Strategic Planning in Public Safety Administration3 cr
PSA 465: Global Perspectives in Emergency Management3 cr
PSA 499: Leadership in Public Safety (Capstone)3 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. discuss current issues, propose solutions, and describe shortcomings in public safety preparation for and response to the threat of terrorism;
  2. identify and analyze various cultures and their diverse historical, economic and societal variations within the context of public safety;
  3. apply motivational theory and leadership theory to individual and groups functioning in public safety organizations;
  4. apply personal and professional ethical accountability in the public safety environment;
  5. analyze and apply the political and legal systems model for understanding governmental, legal, and operational problems;
  6. discuss the various models and application of public safety service delivery systems throughout the United States;
  7. examine how group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, decision-making, conflict resolution, and strategies for efficient group and task management;
  8. analyze problems and needs within the public safety sector, review literature, collect data, measure objectives, and apply analytical skills in a research project;
  9. explain the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public safety;
  10. use effective verbal and non-verbal skills and interpret how they affect personal and professional relationships;
  11. explain the values and perceptions of groups affecting recruiting, training, and evaluation, and identify the current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety arena.

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