Undergraduate Certificate Program

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 law enforcement and in other areas related to park service management, as well as other related careers.

This program consists of experiential elements as well a 15 credit certificate that includes both consists of both classroom and experiential components.

Experiential components (non-credit):

  • 2 summer internships
  • Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, completed after graduation from Temple (non-credit)

Certificate components (15 credits):

  • PRAN3001 - Professional Preparation Seminar for the ProRanger (1 credit)
  • PRAN1577 - Taken during first summer internship (2 credits)
  • HIST 2214 - History of the National Park Service (3 credits)
  • HIST 2215 - Imperiled Promise: An Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in the National Park Service (3 credits)
  • CJ 3701 - Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement (3 credits)
  • PRAN 3002- Leadership and Communication in Law Enforcement for ProRangers (3 credits)

Program Timeline

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.

Proposed schedule of classes for the ProRanger Program

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Credit

Year 1

  • Selected into program

  • PRAN3001 - Professional Preparation Seminar for the ProRanger (1 cr)

  • HIST 2214** - History of the National Park Service (3 cr)

  • Summer Internship #1 (not for credit)

  • Introduction to ProRanger Program (PRAN1577) - (2 cr)

6

Year 2

  • CJ3703* Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement (3 cr)

  • HIST 2215** Imperiled Promise: An Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in the National Park Service
    (3 cr)

  • Summer Internship #2 (not for credit)

6

Year 3

  • PRAN 3002*- Leadership and Communication in Law Enforcement for ProRangers

  • Graduate from Temple

  • Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (non-credit)

3

 

 

 

Total Credits

15

* these two courses will be offered in alternating fall semesters
** these two courses will be offered in alternating spring semesters

PRAN3001 - Professional Preparation Seminar for the ProRanger (1 credit)
This course that will provide students preparing for summer internships with the National Park Service the opportunity to learn and develop professional skills necessary for working in the National Park Service and other federal agencies. It will focus specifically on preparation for summer internships at national park sites and post-graduation employment with the National Park Service.

PRAN1577 - Introduction to the ProRanger Program (2 credits)
The ProRanger Internship is designed to provide students with first-hand experience working in a national park. While the emphasis of the course is oriented towards gaining practical experience, students are expected to complete a number of academic assignments to complement their work experience and help provide them with a deeper understanding of the larger context regarding their employment. Permission required.

HIST 2214 - History of the National Park Service (3 credits)
This course will examine ideas that have shaped the National Park Service and its mission. It will introduce students to key events and figures responsible for creating the National Park Service that played critical roles in its development. Particular focus will be placed on significant legislation bearing on the agency's function, turning points in its institutional evolution, genesis of bureaucratic hierarchies and process, origins and evolution of its interpretive strategies and the relationship over time between the agency and broad currents in American history. Note: For history majors, this course is in the American history category. Offered every other spring semester.

HIST 2215 - An Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in the National Park Service (3 credits)
This course surveys theory and method in heritage interpretation, which refers broadly to the various techniques used by the National Park Service to communicate the significance of its historical resources. Students will study the history of heritage interpretation, examine the challenges that confront it today, and consider new paths forward. Although this course serves Temple's ProRanger program, it will also appeal to students interested in public history, museum studies, communication studies, and education.

CJ 3701 - Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement (3 credits)
This course offers a broad introduction to the history, operation and governing laws of the United States Public Lands System as well as a more detailed examination of several federal government agencies with law enforcement divisions, namely, the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), that are responsible for providing visitor and resource protection in areas that are or have been owned or administered by the federal government. Several themes underpinning the course include: the discretionary prerogatives of law enforcement branches of land management agencies, federal (and state) authority and jurisdiction on the public lands, the significant enabling legislation for the stewardship of cultural, natural and historical resources including the Organic Act of 1916, the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Federal Land Use Policy Act of 1976, and the issues and challenges inherent in the protection, conservation and preservation of vast public lands and resources. This has been developed by Criminal Justice and is already being offered as a Special Topics course. It will be offered every other fall semester.

PRAN 3002 - Leadership and Communication in Law Enforcement for ProRangers (3 credits)
Students enrolled in the National Park Service (NPS) ProRanger Program face encounters and challenges unique to their roles in protecting our national parks as well as dealing with the public. Oftentimes, Park Rangers are the first line of defense to protect these priceless assets. The role of a Park Ranger is ever changing and evolving as more parks face real-world crime problems. While law enforcement is an important mission of the NPS, it is not its sole mission.

To see a full list of requirements for the undergraduate certificate program, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Current Students

Temple students who have been accepted into the ProRanger Philadelphia program will be required to enroll in the Certificate in National Park Service Management and complete the full complement of academic and training experiences. Students should see their advising office or contact or Janine Warnas at Ambler Campus (Warnas@temple.edu) with questions or to enroll in the certificate program.

In addition, matriculated students pursuing Temple degrees who are not selected for the ProRanger program may, with permission, pursue the certificate program to improve their qualifications for post-graduation employment in the National Park Service. Students should contact Vicki McGarvey (McGarvey@temple.edu) for more information.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for acceptance into the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Please contact Vicki McGarvey (McGarvey@temple.edu) for information about entering the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Students must already be enrolled at Temple University to be eligible for the ProRanger Philadelphia program.

See the Office of Admissions for transfer student information and applications. Contact Laura Reddick (laura.reddick@temple.edu) with any questions. Once accepted into the ProRanger Philadelphia program transfer students will be required to enroll in the Certificate in National Park Service Management and complete the full complement of academic and training experiences within the program's age restrictions.