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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness



The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Program is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that prepares students for industry certifications and college credit related to a broad array of disciplines and professions.

The HSEP Program provides students with a rigorous academic experience and practical application of acquired skills to prepare for a variety of careers in both the public and private sector of industries that serve and protect the citizens of the United States of America. All pathways of study encourage career exploration and challenge students to demonstrate competence, confidence and leadership. Program outcomes include: development of scientific, mathematical, and technological communication skills; demonstrated understanding of one's social and civic responsibility; the ability to articulate a global perspective; and self-management and wellness.

Requirements to Enroll and Complete Program: Be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in HSEP courses to be eligible for college credit.

Learn more about possible careers and majors


Did You Know?

  • 1/3 of CTE Students can earn college credit and/or industry certification through CTE1
  • CTE Graduates earn significantly more than those who majored in academic fields2
  • 6 in 10 Students plan to pursue a career related to the CTE area they explored in high school.3
  • CTE Graduates with technical or applied science associates degrees out-earn bachelor’s degree holders by $11,000.4

Homeland Security Sciences (HSS) & Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement (CJLE)

(3-year pathway)

The HSEP Program in all three pathways integrate government, academia, and private sector training and educational initiatives to help students understand how the United States and its interests worldwide are protected against manmade and natural threats to public safety. Classroom and experiential activities allow students to demonstrate knowledge and proficiencies for college programs and career positions with various agencies and organizations associated with Homeland Security. These experiences culminate in a capstone project and portfolio.


(Beginning Grade Level: 10th)



Possible Industry Certifications/Articulated Credits

Students who complete the HSEP Program typically acquire an array of public safety certifications such as First Aid, CPR/AED and Teen CERT as well as selected online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) independent study course certifications.  ICT pathway students also prepare for Esri industry certification.

  • Students who graduate with a 3.0 or better in their HSEP courses are eligible to receive articulated college credit from Frederick Community College (6 credits) and University of Maryland University College (3 credits), if they apply for and enroll in selected programs at these institutions.
  • Esri Technical Certification 10.4 or latest entry-level test (ICT Pathway students only)

Possible Majors

  • Civil Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security/Information Technology
  • Emergency Management 
  • International Relations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Safety
  • Many other options

*Maintain a 3.0 or better in HSEP courses to be eligible for college credit.

Possible Careers/Positions

  • Armed Services
  • Attorney
  • Civil Servant 
  • Cybersecurity Professional
  • Cyber Forensic Technician
  • Disaster Management Planner
  • Emergency Manager
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • First Responder (Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Fighter, Police Officer)
  • Information Security Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Network Systems & Data Analyst
  • Public Safety Official 
  • U.S. Armed Forces Officer
  • Many other options

Program Contact Information

Keith Hayes, Instructional Supervisor

Department of Career and Technical Education
2215 Chadwick Street
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Phone: (301) 669-6012
Fax: (301) 669-6090

1 Source: My College Options®/ACTE research study (2016). National sample includes 40,192 high school CTE students., 2 Jacobson and Mokher, Florida Study of Career and Technical Education, 2014, as cited in the 2014 National Assessment of CTE Final Report, 3 NRCCUA® and ACTE 2016, 4 Schneider 2013, College Measures