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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Virtual Instructor-led Courses Certificate SPRING
Jan 4 –
Apr 22
Apr 25–
Aug 19
Aug 22–
Dec 15
ED201.10 Writing and Communication Skills for Security Professionals   x x x
ED501.10 Security as an Integral Part of DoD Programs
x x x
ED502.10 Organizational Considerations in Applying Security within the Federal and DoD Bureaucracy
  x x
ED503.10 Constitutional Law and its Application to DoD Security
x x  
ED504.10 Understanding Adversaries and Threats to the United States and the DoD
x x  
ED505.10 Budgeting and Financial Management for Security Programs
x   x
ED506.10 Human Resource Management for DoD Security
  x x
ED507.10 Managing a DoD Installation Security Program
x x  
ED508.10 Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Reporting to Support DoD Security Programs
  x x
ED509.10 Assessment and Evaluation of DoD Security Programs
x   x
ED510.10 The Future of Security Systems and Information Assurance
x   x
ED511.10 Leadership in DoD Security
x x  
ED512.10 Effective Communication in DoD Security
x x  
ED513.10 Security in the DoD Acquisition Process
x x  
ED514.10 Cybersecurity and Oversight of Information System Security
x x  
ED601.10 Statutory, Legal, and Regulatory Basis of DoD Security Programs
  x x
ED603.10 Risk Management Project and Advanced Studies
x   x

ACE CREDIT Each course has received a credit recommendation by the American Council on Education (ACE). CDSE course credit recommendations are listed in the ACE National Guide.

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.