Certificate in National Park Service Management

The University College, in consultation with the National Park Service, has developed a certificate program in National Park Service Management that will provide extensive opportunities for academic study, training and development, and for internship placement as preparation for a career in National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement.

The certificate program is open to students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs who are part of the ProRanger program.

This program includes both classroom and experiential components.

Experiential Components (non-credit):

  • Two summer internships
  • Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, completed after graduation from Temple.

Certificate Components (15 credits):

  • PRAN 3001 Professional Preparation Seminar for the ProRanger
  • PRAN 1577 Introduction to the ProRanger Program (taken during first summer internship)
  • HIST 2214 History of the National Park Service
  • HIST 2215 Imperiled Promise: An Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in the National Park Service
  • CJ 3701 Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement
  • AOD 2218 Leadership and Communication

Students generally will be selected as sophomores in the fall and will begin coursework in the spring. Courses offered by some departments will be alternated in odd and even years so that students from both active cohorts will take courses together. The following academic plan applies to students who begin the program in an odd year.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Selected into Program 
 Term Credit Hours0
Spring
PRAN 3001Professional Preparation Seminar for the ProRanger1
HIST 2214History of the National Park Service13
 Term Credit Hours4
Summer
Summer Internship #1 (not for credit) 
PRAN 1577Introduction to the ProRanger Program2
 Term Credit Hours2
Year 2
Fall
CJ 3701Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement23
 Term Credit Hours3
Spring
HIST 2215Imperiled Promise: An Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in the National Park Service13
 Term Credit Hours3
Summer
Summer Internship #2 (not for credit) 
 Term Credit Hours0
Year 3
Fall
AOD 2218Leadership and Communication23
 Term Credit Hours3
Spring
Graduate from Temple 
 Term Credit Hours0
Summer
Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (non-credit) 
 Term Credit Hours0
 Total Credit Hours: 15
1

Offered in alternating spring semesters.

2

Offered in alternating fall semesters.