Do you want to advance your standing as a first responder to lead a team in its efforts to serve your community? Join the many firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other emergency personnel who have learned to be supervisors at the University of Central Missouri. Our Emergency Services Management certificate provides the skills and education you need to manage and protect first responders while they work to protect us all.
Take this proven — and flexible — path to realize your goals
Launched just before the tragic events of 9/11, UCM’s Crisis and Disaster Management program has grown and evolved to help professionals prepare for the unpredictable ever since. Today, we offer a bachelor’s degree as well as four undergraduate certificates, including the Emergency Services Management certificate. Earn this credential by itself — in under a year — or, if completing an undergraduate degree such as a BS in Crisis and Disaster Management or Criminal Justice and Criminology, use your elective credits to add this valuable credential to your resume without adding time to complete either program.
Courses are offered on 100% online, providing you with true flexibility as you better yourself for the betterment of your community.
Laurel Hogue, Ed.D.
Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
One of the nation’s oldest ESM programs
Complete in one year or less
100% online courses in an 8-week format
Experienced faculty with credentials
Train to be a firefighter or EMT
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Leading an emergency services department or emergency management agency requires knowledge and skills different from an administrative role in the private sector. UCM’s Emergency Services Management certificate will teach you management theories and styles specific to emergency services — taking into consideration your resources, types of employees such as union workers and other factors — to help you effectively supervise a public agency.
Learn to become an emergency services manager in these courses
In the online classes for your Emergency Services Management certificate, you’ll:
All classes are taught by UCM Crisis and Disaster Management faculty who have real-world experience. They’ve served in roles such as EMS chief and lead paramedic and provide you a true perspective of the demands and rewards of being an emergency services manager.
Learn how to serve in emergency services management with these experiences offered to you as part of the University of Central Missouri’s Crisis and Disaster Management program:
Upon completion of the University of Central Missouri’s Emergency Services Management certificate, you’ll have developed leadership, administrative, critical thinking, strategic planning and other highly valuable skills. As a firefighter, EMT or paramedic in a community or on a military base, for example, you may apply for supervisory positions with these qualifications.
If you’re just graduating with a bachelor’s degree and entering the job market, you may choose to serve in the field first — such as one student who earned an emergency management specialist position with a state university. You’ll then be ready to apply for a promotion later — with your Emergency Services Management certificate already in hand.
Discover your future opportunities in emergency services management
Use the interactive tool below to view career opportunities and earning potential and to understand your possibilities with UCM’s Emergency Services Management certificate.
The valuable education you’ll get with UCM’s Emergency Services Management certificate — whether as a standalone certificate or alongside your bachelor’s degree — can enhance your career and your earning potential as you rise through the ranks. To ensure your ability to receive this training and its benefits, UCM provides some of the nation’s more affordable tuition rates. We have also been recognized by LendEDU for low student debt and offer a variety of means to finance your education for those pursuing a degree, including loans, grants and other forms of aid.
Are scholarships available to me?
When you also pursue a bachelor’s degree at UCM, you may qualify for scholarships specific to your major. You can learn more about program-specific opportunities with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Expand your skills and enhance your value when you earn multiple UCM undergraduate certificates. You can even pair them with an undergraduate degree for the best investment in your UCM Crisis and Disaster Management education:
Explore these UCM bachelor’s degrees to satisfy your interest in supervising teams and managing operations with the goal to ensure the safety of others:
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