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Distance Learning Guidance: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program (HSEP) Homeland Security Science


  • In a full distance learning model, students will meet with their teachers in real-time, following their school schedule, to receive direct instruction. This support will allow them to master both theoretical content and practical skills in preparation for requisite certification training and online courses.
  • Professional development will be provided for teachers to adapt traditional classroom instruction to an online model at the systemic professional development day on August 26, 2020. Follow-up and additional training sessions regarding use of online platforms will be available.
  • Classes will meet daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays following the students’ school schedule. Wednesdays will be used for small group instruction, enrichment, and intervention.

Programmatic Support

  • Students will meet with their teachers in real-time to receive direct instruction. They will also be able to access recordings of lessons in order to revisit content they would like to review.
  • The Department of Career and Technical Education has gathered additional resources to assist teachers in transitioning to online instruction. (See Resources for Distance Learning.)
  • The Program Coordinator and Instructional Specialist will be available to assist teachers in adapting their lessons and instructional strategies for online instruction.
  • First-year students will receive their Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) instructional and co-curricular materials via the internet by email and/or Google Classroom.

Program and Scheduling Considerations

  • As a CTE completer program, students will need to attend their classes and complete formative and summative assessments as scheduled to ensure they meet the practical hours required by MSDE for the HSEP Program and the respective career pathway. This may include attending full or partial sessions on Wednesdays.
  • Teachers are expected to use this time for whole group and small group instruction as well as to provide group and independent classwork and project-based learning. Students working on such experiential learning activities as online FEMA Independent Study courses, and public safety and emergency management training programs such as First AID, CPR, Automated External  Defibrillator (AED), and Teen Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), will be monitored and assisted by the teacher. The Program Coordinator and Instructional Specialist will be available to assist teachers with facilitating access to and strategies for supporting students in completing such co-curricular activities.

Resources for Distance Learning





HSEP Program Syllabi and Curriculum Progress Guides

For each of the HSEP career pathways currently offered as part of the HSEP Program: the Homeland Security Sciences Pathway and Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Pathway.


HSEP Resources Page for Instruction and Experiential Learning

A curated list of online resources for HSEP teachers. Additional resources to be added throughout the year.



HSEP Teachers’ Google Classroom for Continuity of Learning

For the ongoing professional development and professional learning community of HSEP teachers. Provides guidance and priority documents for implementation of the HSEP curriculum and co-curricular activities.