Advance Your Career with an LSU Certificate
Number of Courses
Total Credit Hours
20 / 2.0 CEUs
Knowing and preparing for the threats that our country faces on a daily basis is essential to protect communities from criminal activity and terrorist attacks. With the online Homeland Security Specialist program from LSU, students will gain a greater understanding of how law enforcement operates within a homeland security enterprise. This MicroCert has been developed in collaboration between LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter Terrorist Education (NCBRT/ACE) and LSU Online & Continuing Education. Students will learn the importance of conducting risk assessments to protect from criminal activity and terrorist attacks and will learn the predominant modern modes of operations that extremists use to plan for and execute an attack. This program is ideal for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals and private sector representatives involved in security and safety functions and risk management or threat reduction.
The program is endorsed as a national law enforcement training provider by the National Sheriff’s Association. Completion of the specialist program will be a requirement of all individuals applying to the National Sheriff’s Association to become a Certified Homeland Protection Professional.
Hear directly from homeland security experts and prepare for a rewarding career with the online Homeland Security Specialist MicroCert from LSU Online & Continuing Education.
It is recommended to take the courses in this order:
Note: The capstone is a synchronous class that students will need to register for.
If courses are purchased individually, you will have two weeks to complete the single course. If the program is purchased as a bundle, you will have three months to complete the program.
Extensions for individual courses is $95 for an additional week.
Extensions for the entire program is $195 for an additional month.
Courses require access to high-speed Internet, email, web browser (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recommended), MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Successful completion of all courses within the program earns you an official LSU MicroCred® digital badge to show off your skill sets. This badge can be used to bulk up your online résumé and showcase your expertise in the topic. Badges are distributed through Badgr. If you have completed this program, request your badge.
This program is ideal for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, and private sector representatives involved in security and safety functions and risk management or threat reduction. The suite of courses will provide students with the necessary education for entry-level homeland security professions and any public safety professional interested in homeland security; who is considering a homeland security assignment; or who is assigned to support an agency or jurisdiction's homeland security efforts.
The role of law enforcement in communities is to protect the peace and provide for safe communities. The emergence of homeland security as a function of law enforcement has strengthened collaboration and partnerships between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. More importantly, the concepts of homeland security have strengthened relationships between the law enforcement community and non-traditional responder communities of practice such as public health. This course will provide an overview of the role law enforcement plays in protecting the homeland. Focusing on the concepts of preparedness, prevention, and response will provide students an overview of how law enforcement operates within a homeland security enterprise. More importantly, this class will build upon the historical concepts of domestic law enforcement and apply them to the homeland security mission.
This course highlights the modern planning and attack structure of an extremist group or individual planning an attack. Through educated discussion, the course highlights the most predominant ’ oops” extremists use to plan for and execute an attack. Pre-attack surveillance, training, and rehearsals are the stages of the planning cycle that are often observable and can offer opportunities to identify plots and prevent attacks.
After taking this three-hour course, the student will be able to identify the differences between information and intelligence in the homeland security enterprise while gaining a greater understanding of the national intelligence community. The student is given opportunities to take training blocks to further their understanding of suspicious activity and the legality of government agencies maintaining appropriate intelligence data. Finally, the student will be able to identify the historic need for an information sharing environment between intelligence agencies and identify their fusion center based on their own brief research.
During this course, participants will be provided with an overview of Critical infrastructure protection that can be used to protect critical infrastructure and key resources and their assets from terrorist acts. Participants will be able to define critical infrastructure and key resources, identify critical infrastructure sectors, understand the importance of protecting critical infrastructure, understand and discuss public-private partnerships, define and understand legislation and programs designed to assist in protection of critical infrastructure and the importance of risk assessments to protect from criminal activity and terrorist attacks.
The capstone is the final step in the learning process. It allows the student to take a cumulative and integrative approach to all that was learned from the previous instructional modules and apply their own personal experiences to the learning process. The student applies their understanding to the concepts of intelligence, terrorist tradecraft, homeland security, and critical infrastructure in an environment within their own jurisdiction. Through instructor interaction and direct feedback, the capstone helps the student review what was learned and observe the application of the learned material in a practical environment.