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Threat Assessment and Management in Schools Certificate

Learn to identify threatening situations and manage them appropriately within the school setting with Cal U's 100% online Threat Assessment and Management in Schools certificate program.

Rooted in the U.S. Department of Education's Safe Schools Initiative, this 9-credit certificate program merges the perspectives of professionals in school psychology and criminal justice.

Cal U offers this graduate-level certificate program for higher education professionals and K-12 educators, including:

  • School psychologists.
  • Principals.
  • Superintendents,
  • Counselors.
  • Teachers.
  • School nurses.
  • Home-school visitors.

Pennsylvania Act 48 professional development credits are available.

Program benefits

School personnel handle many threatening situations before law enforcement arrives, so knowing how to respond is critically important.

Complete this certificate program in just two terms, summer and fall, to prepare yourself to respond to violence and keep students safe.

Cal U’s Threat Assessment and Management certificate program is offered entirely online, a solution for busy educators who can earn the certificate while also meeting work and family obligations.

In this certificate program you will:

  • Learn to identify, assess and manage individuals and groups that may pose threats of targeted violence.
  • Explore the role of principals, teachers, coaches, counselors and school psychologists in preventing and responding to violence at school.
  • Learn about confidentiality laws and how to avoid breaking them.
  • Find out when school personnel should act to keep students safe and when law enforcement must be called to intervene. 

After completing the certificate program, you will be better prepared to:

  • Identify explicit threats of violence.
  • Recognize warning behaviors associated with violence.
  • Identify consultation and counseling models suitable for the school setting.
  • Demonstrate applications of consultation skills in a threat management context.
  • Recognize and employ relevant methods and sources in order to respond appropriately.

Admission requirements

Applicants to this graduate-level certificate program should have a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate grade-point average of 2.90 or higher. (Students with a GPA below 2.90 may apply for conditional admission.)

An official transcript from an accredited college or university also is required.


Dr. Rueben Brock, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. John Cencich, Senior Professor, Department of Criminal Justice


Complete three, 3-credit courses to earn the graduate certificate in Threat Assessment and Management in Schools.

Course sequence:


CRM 870Special Topics-Threat Assessment in the Schools (8 weeks)3
PSY 756Consultation and Group Process (10 weeks)3


PSY 741Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (16 weeks)3

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