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Violence and Incidence Collaborative Evaluation in Schools

Take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and preventing violence in schools with this 100% online undergraduate certificate program.

California University of Pennsylvania offers this 12-credit certificate in Violence and Incidence Collaborative Evaluation in Schools (VICES) for students who aspire to work or consult within the school environment.

This undergraduate certificate complements any bachelor’s degree program and can be completed full time or part time.

Because the school violence certificate program is offered 100% online, you can enhance your academic credentials while finishing assignments on your own schedule. This makes the VICES program a convenient choice for undergraduates with other school, work or family obligations.

Program benefits

Drawing on expertise from the University’s three undergraduate colleges, the certificate in Violence and Incidence Collaborative Evaluation in Schools provides a unique, collaborative exchange of perspectives from law, sociology and special education.

The multidisciplinary program provides a system-based, comprehensive view of school violence, critical incidence evaluation, response and prevention.

Undergraduate students in this program will:

  • Examine specific case law as it pertains to the school environment and operational procedures.
  • Become familiar with the foundations of special education and characteristics of exceptional learners.
  • Gain insights into resocializing deviant and marginalized individuals.
  • Examine the socio-educational system and institutional variables that contribute to violence, incidence intervention and collaboration within the school and community.

You’ll also explore special education categories, societal and school values, norms, and policy alignments.

Career benefits

Enhance your resume with a certificate focused on understanding and preventing school and incidence violence.

You’ll gain specialized knowledge as you explore the school environment: a complex, diversified yet collaborative socio-educational milieu that engages with the broader community.

The VICES certificate complements any bachelor’s degree program and is especially pertinent for students seeking careers as:

  • Teachers.
  • Guidance counselors.
  • Special education specialists.
  • Classroom aides.
  • Educational advocates.
  • Social services providers.
  • School administrators.

Faculty

Dr. Christina Toras, associate professor and chair, Department of professional Studies

Dr. Emily Sweitzer, professor and director of Liberal Studies

Dr. Jason Kight, associate professor and chair, Department of Special Education

Dr. Elizabeth Larsen, associate professor and director of Sociology and Social Sciences

Curriculum

Complete four, 3-credit courses to earn the undergraduate certificate in Violence and Incidence Collaborative Evaluation in Schools.

CodeCourseCredits
SOC 400Structural and Institutional Violence: School, Workplace and Eldercare3
SOC 405Resocializing the Deviant and Marginalized3
ESP 210Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
LAW 460School Law3

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