Education Certificates

CDSE Education Program students can earn Certificates by successfully completing (passing) four CDSE Education courses in any of the five concentrations listed below. The Education Program Certificate recognizes the student for successfully completing an advanced program of study. These Certificates are ideal for individuals who wish to add to their credentials as a Security Professional. Students can register for Certificates at any time via their STEPP account.

Click on the Certificates below for more information about the course requirements for each Certificate.

The chart below shows which courses are aligned with each Certificate and the schedules for those course offerings.

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Course Certificate Start Date
04/28/14 08/25/14 01/05/15
ED201.01 ACE CREDIT Writing and Communication Skills for Security Professionals   x x x
ED501.01 ACE CREDIT Security as an Integral Part of DoD Programs
x x x
ED502.01 ACE CREDIT Organizational Considerations in Applying Security within the Federal and DoD Bureaucracy
x x  
ED503.01 ACE CREDIT Constitutional Law and its Application to DoD Security
x   x
ED504.01 ACE CREDIT Understanding Adversaries and Threats to the United States and to DoD
x   x
ED505.01 ACE CREDIT Budgeting and Financial Management for Security Programs
  x x
ED506.01 ACE CREDIT Human Resource Management for DoD Security
ED507.01 ACE CREDIT Managing a DoD Installation Security Program
x   x
ED508.01 ACE CREDIT Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Reporting to Support DoD Security Programs
ED509.01 ACE CREDIT Assessment and Evaluation of DoD Security Programs
  x x
ED510.01 ACE CREDIT The Future of Security Systems and Information Assurance
ED511.01 ACE CREDIT Leadership in DoD Security
x   x
ED512.01 ACE CREDIT Effective Communication in DoD Security
x   x
ED513.01 ACE CREDIT Security in the DoD Acquisition Process
x   x
ED514.01 ACE CREDIT Cybersecurity and Oversight of Information System Security
x   x
ED601.01 ACE CREDIT Statutory, Legal, and Regulatory Basis of DoD Security Programs
x x  
ED603.01 Risk Management Project and Advanced Studies (course in development)

Each course marked with this Ace credit logo ACE CREDIT has received credit recommendation by the American Council on Education. For a complete list of all CDSE courses with credit recommendations please see

CDSE Education Program Certificates

The CDSE Certificate In Risk Management ED151.CT
The CDSE Certificate In Security Leadership ED152.CT
The CDSE Certificate In Security Management ED153.CT
The CDSE Certificate In Security (Generalist) ED154.CT
The CDSE Certificate For Systems and Operations ED155.CT

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel.