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Educational Programs

Homeland Security Specialist


Program description

MCTC’s Homeland Security Program prepares you for the vibrant and growing industry of homeland security and disaster management. This new and exciting career field that helps protect the community from natural and man-made disasters is becoming as essential a component to public safety as law enforcement, fire protection services and emergency medical services.

Program start and location

These courses are only currently open to employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Students are accepted into this program for fall and spring semesters or summer session.

Degree options and requirements

Homeland Security Specialist A.A.S. Degree— 60 credits
Homeland Security Basic Certificate—15 credits
Homeland Security Emergency Management Certificate—15 credits
Homeland Security Planning Certificate—15 credits

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What you will learn

  • The curriculum of the Homeland Security Specialist Associate in Applied Science Degree is designed to introduce you to the concepts and theory of homeland security and emergency management.
  • The overall program goal is a prevention model, focusing on risk assessment and threat analysis.
  • You will understand how to employ techniques that address deterrence or "target hardening" and utilize practices designed to mitigate threat and potential loss.
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  • The crisis management emphasis will address disaster recovery as well as preparation and execution of contingency plans.
  • In addition to program courses in homeland security, by completing the A.A.S. degree you can easily transition to MCTC's Law Enforcement Certificate Program to prepare to take the State peace officer license examination.
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Points of pride

  • A well-rounded criminal justice background – Students are prepared for roles in organizations that help communities prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.
  • Learn the basics and the specifics - The curriculum teaches the concepts and theories of homeland security and emergency management as well as the specific skills required to operate in the public safety field.
  • Preparation for a growing field - The need for skilled personnel is increasing as federal and state regulations, including those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), require more resources allocated to prepare for and manage terrorist attacks and man-made or natural disasters.

Where you could work

  • Federal, state, county or municipal homeland security or emergency management centers
  • Private industrial or commercial organizations
  • Private security organizations

Potential job titles

  • Homeland Security Officer or Agent
  • Emergency Management Coordinator or Program Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Program Specialist or Planner 
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  • Emergency Response Team Leader
  • Emergency Services Program Coordinator
  • Hazard Mitigation Officer
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Occupational outlook

Employment of Homeland Security Specialists is projected to grow 21.6 percent in the U.S. from 2009 to 2019, according to The events of September 11, 2001 have caused many communities to evaluate their emergency management plans. As a result, there is a nationwide demand for emergency management specialists. The greatest demand is currently with local government agencies.


This program is part of the Academy of Education and Public Service. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements and Common Course Outlines

Please contact the program dean for information about articulation agreements.

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Additional resources

Articulation agreements

Common Course Outlines

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