Advantages for Professionals
Online Education at the Graduate Level
Interaction Between and Among Faculty and Students
- Advantages for Professionals
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the need for professionals trained in homeland security management has increased dramatically. As stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than ever before these professionals must be trained to understand the "strategy, operations and tactics needed to achieve objectives associated with prevention, protection, detection, disruption, response, economic stabilization and recovery." They must be able "to continually adapt to the changing nature of the security environment and the strategies that arise to deal with emerging threats."
Earning the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management will allow adult learners to gain the credentials required to prepare for a second career or to gain advancement in their current career. It will provide the leadership and organizational skills required to "formulate and execute strategies in harmony with federal homeland security strategic objectives." It will teach participants to apply innovative approaches to problem solving and to "achieve resilient and adaptive patterns of thinking."
The graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management is a rigorous program of professional education, developed and delivered by Homeland Security professionals, for Homeland Security professionals. The five courses in our curriculum have been carefully crafted to meet the unique and specific needs of managers and executives in Homeland Security-related fields. This highly integrated curriculum is designed to meet the practical needs of busy professionals working in law enforcement fields, emergency managers, private security personnel, the intelligence community, the transportation industry, critical infrastructure, and a host of other private sector fields engaged in the complex Homeland Security enterprise.
Our comprehensive program combines rigorous academic standards with a practical understanding of the complex legal, organizational, and policy issues confronting contemporary Homeland Security managers and executives.
Our faculty of experience practitioners with outstanding academic credentials have ‘been there,' and they are particularly sensitive to the needs and objectives of busy Homeland Security professionals as well as to the needs and objectives of those aspiring to management careers in Homeland Security fields. They understand the practical difficulties active Homeland Security professionals face in pursuing higher education.
Homeland Security professionals and those aspiring to Homeland Security careers want to study with a faculty of experts whose broad base of practical experience allow them to integrate theory and practice in a meaningful and relevant way -- a faculty who have actually confronted the kind of real-world issues and problems that make Homeland Security management such a complex and challenging profession.
All five courses take a ‘case study' approach to learning -- an approach that integrates theory with practice, that facilitates creative thinking and refines problem-solving skills, and that focuses on the complex real-world issues Homeland Security managers confront on a daily basis. Our faculty members are all active or recently-retired Homeland Security professionals who possess outstanding academic credentials as well as an unparalleled depth and breadth of practical expertise and real-world Homeland Security experience.
This is an innovative online educational program from the nation's seventh largest private university – a ‘bricks and mortar' university with a national reputation -- and its interactive format offers busy Homeland Security professionals the flexibility their busy schedules demand.
Students interact with our outstanding faculty as well as with other experienced students who represent a broad array of federal, state and local agencies with diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise. This interaction with faculty and with a diverse student population who represent a wide range of agencies, jurisdictions, and areas of responsibility fosters a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of Homeland Security Management. The graduate Advanced Certificate program will develop, refine and expand students' current skill sets, expand their career potential, and prepare them for careers in the expanding and increasingly complex field of Homeland Security Management.
While the graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management's curriculum was designed to meet the needs of serving professionals, it is also an outstanding educational opportunity for more traditional students aspiring to careers in diverse Homeland Security fields. The Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management prepares these students for their careers in a way no other graduate course of study can. This graduate-level credential equips these students with the kind of knowledge that will enhance their opportunities for employment and advancement in Homeland Security field, it will develop and refine the practical skills required of contemporary Homeland Security managers and executives, and it will enhance the leadership attitudes that can truly make a difference in protecting our nation.
- Online Education at the Graduate Level
The online distance education format makes it possible for students – especially those employed as homeland security professionals in varied geographical locations – to participate without relocating to a distant campus. It offers these students the kind of scheduling flexibility that is absolutely essential for busy homeland security professionals. Distance learning makes the Homeland Security Management Program available to a more diverse cross-section of traditional students and practitioners from Homeland Security organizations and agencies across the nation, thus enhancing the quality of education by broadening the range of perspectives and experiences represented.
The Homeland Security Management Institute's dynamic and innovative approach to graduate professional education is unique in the nation. No other program offers the opportunity to learn Homeland Security Management with a faculty comprised entirely of seasoned professionals with outstanding academic credentials, and our online approach to learning permits working professionals the kind of flexibility their busy schedules demand.
As experienced professionals who earned their degrees while employed as managers and executives in demanding Homeland Security fields, our faculty recognizes the difficulties of balancing the demands of work with a rigorous program of graduate study. We know how rotating shifts, changing assignments, extended work hours, evolving situations, and emerging crises can challenge even the most committed students. We recognize the value of an educational experience that integrates theory with practice. The flexible and comprehensive Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management program is designed to accommodate the unique needs and demands of active practitioners, and to prepare those aspiring to careers in Homeland Security with the specific knowledge and skills they need.
Our innovative online approach to professional education permits busy professionals to participate in a ‘virtual classroom' -- to attend lectures, participate in class discussions, and to interact with students and faculty -- and to structure their attendance around the demands of their professional and personal lives. The graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management program utilizes WebCT software -- a powerful, highly intuitive, and easily mastered online learning platform -- to support interactive learning.
Online classes are ‘asynchronous' -- students are not required to be in a particular place at a particular time. Instead, students access their ‘virtual classroom' via a secure Internet connection and complete course requirements at the time and place most convenient to them. Classes are conducted in seminar format using interactive discussion boards led by faculty: after reviewing the assigned readings, students access their virtual classroom and respond to the discussion issues of the week. The discussion board responses are visible to the instructor as well as to other students, who can pose additional questions, ask for clarification or elaboration, and generally engage in online discussions about the issues and readings.
Long Island University's online learning technology also makes it possible for students to view faculty lectures in live streaming video, or to download lectures for later viewing at the time and place most convenient to them. The online learning technology supports a full range of learning modalities including documents, images, exercises, and lectures in video and audio format. Most assigned and recommended supplementary readings students will need for their classes are available for download in electronic format directly from the ‘virtual classroom' site, and an extensive online research library of specialized Homeland Security documents in electronic format will be available. Students will also have access to Long Island University's extensive online library resources.
Internet-based distance learning does not require a high level of technological sophistication, nor does it require special computer hardware or software. Students need a basic computer, an Internet connection, and a standard web browser to log on and attend class. Free software and the University's state-of-the-art technology permit students with inexpensive webcams the option for face-to-face interaction with faculty and other students.
- Interaction Between and Among Faculty and Students
The graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management program recognizes the value and importance of interaction and communication between students and faculty as well as between and among students. This philosophy of mutual exchange of ideas and joint learning guides our program, which has been structured to facilitate a high level of formal and informal interaction among all participants.
Homeland Security Management is an evolving field that is rooted in a number of diverse fields of specialized knowledge and practice. One of the compelling challenges Homeland Security Management faces as it moves into the future is the need to integrate these specializations and to create a broader and more comprehensive understanding of how they coordinate and interact. Both our curriculum and our faculty reflect this diverse range of specialized fields, and our students are also drawn from a diverse array of professions, areas of expertise, and geographic areas.
As experienced Homeland Security professionals, our faculty members recognize that they stand to learn as much from students as students learn from them. Both our approach and our philosophy of education are that the best and most effective professional learning takes place in an environment of mutual respect among and between professionals -- an environment that demands and facilitates a high level of communication and interaction. Our program encourages dialogue and debate, and it seeks to take advantage of the diverse knowledge, skills and areas of expertise our students bring to the program.
In addition to the interactions and formal discussions taking place in the virtual classroom, the program provides opportunities for extensive virtual interaction between and among students and instructors. Students with webcams can ‘drop in' or make an appointment for virtual ‘face-to-face' meetings with faculty during ‘virtual office hours,' and they can participate in optional online dialogues outside the ‘virtual classroom' with other students using free software provided by the University.
Students can participate in optional discussion forums on various current issues in Homeland Security Management, they can post and share their research papers and case studies, and they can draw upon the knowledge and expertise of faculty and other students to help resolve the real-life issues and problems they encounter in their professional lives.