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Maryland CTE Program of Study

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HS/EP) program prepares students for industry certification and college credit in one of three areas: Homeland Security Sciences, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, or Information/Communications Technology. All students complete a foundation-level course with a focus on protecting against threats to public safety through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery. Students completing Homeland Security Sciences program complete additional courses in Homeland Security Science Research Methods and Applications. Students completing Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement complete an additional course in Administration of Justice and participate in an internship as part of the program. Students in the Information/Communications Technology courses focus on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology leading to the STARS Entry-Level GIS Technician Certification.

CTE Course Sequence

Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness guidelines, concepts, and action plans are key concepts in this course. Emphasis will be placed on unique aspects of public safety and public health. Various methodologies for intelligence gathering and dissemination will be examined.

Homeland Security Science

Students will be introduced to Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness threats to public safety and health, decontamination, protection, detection and identification, and planning concepts. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of science to protect the public against chemical and biological threats.

Law Enforcement and Emergency Preparedness

Students will be introduced to multiple aspects of criminal justice and law enforcement. Students will investigate the criminal process, various forces that impact law enforcement, and the rights of citizens. Students will understand the difference between juvenile and adult justice, and classifications of different crimes.

S.T.A.R.S. Course 1 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

This class will introduce students to Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology through academic study and applied instruction. This course is the foundation of the STARS Entry-Level GIS Technician Certification.

Homeland Security Science Research Methods and Applications

Studentís scientific research, problem solving and writing skills will be developed. Emphasis will be placed on research and analysis, technical writing, team dynamics, and laboratory analysis and skills.

Administration of Justice

Studentís knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement will be enhanced. Students will be introduced to evidence collection, analysis, and forensic examination. The role of law enforcement officials as a first responder will also be discussed as well as the duties of police officers.

S.T.A.R.S. Course 2 - Skill-Based Training for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

This course will help the student learn the skills required to work on and/or build a Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing project. Students and teachers will follow a course of hands-on instruction to learn skills ranging from introductory digital mapping to image analysis.

S.T.A.R.S. Course 3 - Advanced Skill-Based Training for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

This course will continue to help students learn the skills required to work on and/or build a Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing project. Students and teachers will follow a course of hands-on instruction to learn skills ranging from introductory digital mapping to image analysis.

S.T.A.R.S. Course 4 - Geospatial Application Project

This is the fourth and final course in the STARS Certification series. In the beginning of this course, students will use the Project Management Model to discuss and build a campus-wide base map. Once finished with the base map, each student selects one of the campus-based projects to complete.

Internship/Capstone Experience/Dual Enrollment

The Internship/Capstone Experience is the culminating course for the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to extend and apply their classroom learning in one of the career areas of Homeland Security Sciences, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, or Information/Communications Technology.

Additional Program Advantages

Program Recognition

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management

Mid-Atlantic Emergency Management

Program Recognition

Central Maryland Homeland Security Educational Alliance

Central MD Homeland Security

Student Organization

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Technical Skill Assessment

ArcGIS

Technical Skill Assessment

Spatial Technology & Remote Sensing (STARS)

STARS