You need to protect the children in your school. To do that, you'll need some training.

Schools in Kentucky and across the nation are doing more each day to ensure the safety of our children and students. You can become a leader in the field of safety with the school safety endorsement program from University of the Cumberlands. The program will enable you to become a leader in your school system and a leader in the eyes of the students you protect every day. Most important, the children in your classrooms and your colleagues throughout the school will be safer because of your knowledge and skills.

University of the Cumberlands' graduate-level school safety certification program is designed to give both educators and school support staff the training and knowledge they need to implement and manage school safety programs while mitigating potential threats in and beyond the classroom. 

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By the Numbers

$62,360

Average Salary

1%

Industry Growth

100%

Accredited

30

Max Class Size
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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Online School Safety Endorsement Certificate Program

The School Safety Endorsement is a twelve (12) credit hour graduate-level online certificate program designed to allow educational professionals to add school safety expertise to their career focus. The program provides students the understanding they need to fulfill key roles in making schools safe and positive places for students to learn. Course curriculum focuses on school safety and security, safety-related training needs, evaluation of threats and training protocols needed for others on staff. 

Course Requirements

SSE 535 Introduction to School Safety

SSE 544 School Emergency and Crisis Preparedness

SSE 553 School Security, Crime, and Violence Prevention

SSE 562 Physical Plant Security

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the school safety endorsement certification program is to empower educational professionals to add school safety expertise to their careers.

Understand the fundamentals of school safety

Plan and implement school safety strategies

Understand school security methods

Learn to prevent crime and violence

Evaluate building security

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School Safety Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Middle School Teacher $61,810

Middle School Teacher $61,810

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades.

High School Teacher: $62,360

High School Teacher: $62,360

High school teachers teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Elementary School Teacher: $61,620

Elementary School Teacher: $61,620

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects in order to prepare them for future schooling.

School Counselor: $60,140

School Counselor: $60,140

School counselors help students develop academic and social skills. Career counselors and advisors help people choose a path to employment.

Facilities Manager: $101,870

Facilities Manager: $101,870

Administrative services and facilities managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help an organization run efficiently.

School Security Guard: $34,770

School Security Guard: $34,770

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers protect property from illegal activity.

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Common Questions

The Kentucky Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 in 2019, requiring each school district in Kentucky to have a School Safety Coordinator on staff.  Currently, Cumberlands is the only university offering the School Safety Endorsement recommended by the Kentucky Center for School Safety for these coordinators.
Our program aligns with the Kentucky Safety Educator Standards to: 

  1. Promote and maintain a positive, safe, and healthy school culture, climate, and environment, including positive interpersonal relationships, positive intervention strategies, conflict resolution, peer mediation, and effective behavior management. 
  2. Foster positive individual development, including social, emotional, and cognitive development. 
  3. Utilize safe school assessment data to facilitate change and support school safety for student learning. 
  4. Coordinate crisis and emergency procedures and communication, including positive intervention strategies.  
  5. Establish a shared knowledge of policies and legal issues related to school safety, including diversity, bullying, harassment, and discrimination.

University of the Cumberlands’ online school safety management program can help equip you to pursue positions within school systems and on other educational campuses where student and staff safety is a top priority.

You can be the leader in your school and a hero to the students you serve. At University of the Cumberlands, we provide career-building online programs for education personnel to effectively plan, implement and manage a school safety assessment and mitigation efforts. Schools recognize the need to have plans that outline how we can keep our schools safe. The real question is whether that's worth it to you.

With an online safety management certificate, you can have a meaningful impact on the safety and well-being of students in a number of school settings. An online safety certification program offers tools that can enhance your work in roles such as school counselor, school principal, K-12 teacher, and much more! 

A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to be admitted to the School Safety Certificate program. Submit official transcripts from all applicable colleges/universities attended; must be received directly from the issuing college or university. Prospective students will also need to provide three letters of recommendation and must possess a valid teaching license. 

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page. 

Yes! University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and has national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level. UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

For more information:

KDE/EPSB – State Accreditation
University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is further accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. (502) 564-4606. Fax: (502) 564-7080.

CAEP – National Accreditation
The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands (UC) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level.  CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.  UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
 
CAEP Address: 1140 19th St NW #400, Washington, DC 20036
CAEP Phone Number: (202) 223-0077

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