Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in School Safety, Security,
and Emergency Management

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Successful education begins and ends with safe schools. This specialization provides an in-depth understanding of strategies and techniques to help keep K-12 students secure, so they’re free to focus on their teachers, curriculum, and classmates.

You’ll study technologies that help manage safety, security, and emergencies; how to  make threat assessments of people and facilities; restorative justice and other alternatives to student discipline; and ways to implement and improve school safety plans through a practitioner’s perspective.

Admission Requirements 

A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.


For the Post-Baccalaureate certificate in School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, you must complete four courses and 12 credit hours. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 9 months.

Course Details

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This course uses a community approach to examine the relationships among safety, security, and emergency management within K-12 schools across diverse settings. You’ll analyze plans from the perspectives of both certified and classified personnel after reviewing the related criteria and processes. You’ll also consider the overall importance of a positive school culture as you explore the role of social justice and related themes within the safety, security, and emergency management of K-12 schools.

This course explores the types of threats, functions of threat assessments, and the processes involved in conducting threat assessments in K-12 school environments. As you explore the roles of stakeholders in the conduct, analysis, and interpretation of threat assessments, you’ll consider how the effective disposition of those individuals can help contribute to the effort, including the use of threat assessments as decision-making tools. You’ll also consider legal, regulatory, and ethical boundaries and examine your work through the lens of educational equity and social justice.

This course uses a practitioner’s perspective to study the content and structure of safety plans for K-12 schools in a variety of contexts. You’ll consider the responsibilities and effective dispositions of individuals who might serve on school safety teams, including opportunities to collaborate with other local stakeholders of school safety and emergency management. You’ll also examine legal, regulatory, and local guidance, and the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Finally, you’ll explore the relationship between school safety plans and trauma-informed educational practices.

This course focuses on alternatives to discipline that help keep students in the classroom and support relationships that might mitigate stressors that can lead to negative student behaviors. To this end, you’ll investigate the balance of social order and social justice within K-12 educational contexts. Restorative justice will be a key component of the course, and you’ll consider it both in a broad paradigm and with specific models. As you assess the importance of values and relationships within these models, you’ll consider intersections of restorative justice with social emotional learning and trauma-informed educational practices.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management will learn to:

  • Apply the concepts and practices of early childhood education
  • Effectively communicate and conduct sound, open-minded research
  • Address educational issues critically and reflectively
  • Create solutions to problems based on knowledge, research, critical thinking skills, and collaboration
  • Respect diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards through accreditation
  • Foster effective discussion of theoretical problems within the educational profession
  • Nurture a commitment to life-long learning

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