Leadership in Public Safety Organizations

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Leadership in Public Safety Organizations program builds the industry knowledge and skills for individuals to transition to leadership positions in the field of public safety. This CCL will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and skills of professionalism, organizational culture and management, characteristics of effective teams, conflict resolution, motivation, systems-thinking, problem-solving, and leadership as applicable to public safety organizations. Students with the requisite experience in the field who complete this CCL can pursue employment in a variety of front-line leadership positions within the fields of public safety including law enforcement, fire service, and public safety support operations such as communication operators and property and records management.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Leadership in Public Safety Organizations (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

This is a closed program for Public Safety professionals. Please see the Program Advisor for admission requirements.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply strategies for promoting health and wellness.
  2. Model professional identity, presence, and behavior appropriate to the field of public safety.
  3. Demonstrate effective management of the operations and resources of public safety organizations within varied situations and environments.
  4. Seek opportunities for continuing professional development and mentorship that advance the mission and vision of the organization.
  5. Create an environment that supports diversity of perspectives and engagement in constructive criticism.
  6. Use empathy to create and maintain productive workplace relationships and team environments.
  7. Engage in self-reflection to inform decision making.
  8. Apply effective oral and written communication strategies for diverse audiences and situations.
  9. Apply appropriate conflict resolution strategies for a variety of situations.
  10. Apply motivation theories and practices to improve individual, team, and organizational performance.
  11. Use a process to develop clear, concise, factual, and defensible documents.
  12. Demonstrate the qualities of ethical leadership.
  13. Explain organizational culture and its application to the field of public safety and related governmental agencies.
  14. Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness in leading people, situations, and organizations.
  15. Demonstrate a systems-thinking approach to decision making in a complex organizational structure.
  16. Apply risk management strategies to mitigate liabilities.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers


First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers


First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
LET173 Introduction to Leadership in Public Safety Critical course Gateway course 2
LET174 Organizational Culture and Leadership Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
LET175 Public Safety Leadership Capstone 1
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm11?id=179440).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.