Tactical Scholars Program Letter of Recognition (Career)

Program website

Program Manager: Didi Culp
Email: dculp@frederick.edu
Phone: 240.629.7952

Program Description

Designed for students with previous emergency management career experience, or a desire for focused study on a specialized topic(s) within the field. Tactical Scholars will begin by exploring the fundamentals of emergency management, then work with the Program Manager to identify a sequence of specialized coursework best suited to their needs for career advancement or academic exploration. Culminating with an opportunity for application and directed reflection, the Tactical Scholar Program flexibility prepares students for additional work responsibilities or further, higher-level study.

After completing the required FEMA IS prerequisites, students enroll in selected EMGT courses. Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in these EMGT courses. These are FCC online courses offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Convert FEMA IS prerequisites to Frederick Community College (FCC) credits directly via MACEM&PS.
Learn how: https://macem.org/Independent-Study-Credit-Conversion-Programs.aspx

Students earning this letter of recognition will automatically receive a printed LOR diploma. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge needed to work effectively in an Emergency Management organization.
  • Demonstrate the oral and written communication ability to work effectively in an Emergency Management organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability to work effectively in an Emergency Management organization.
  • Assist with the design, development, and oversight of Emergency Management exercises.
  • Provide leadership and direction to volunteers and professionals in an Emergency Management organization.
  • Communicate information about Emergency Management procedures and process to the public.

Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in the EMGT courses.
Departmental Requirements
EMGT 115Foundations of Emergency Management3
Any two (2) EMGT courses 16
EMGT 197Tactical Scholar Reflection3
Total Credits12

Select these courses in consultation with the FEMA Program Coordinator; required prerequisite coursework (FEMA credits, etc.) may vary depending on selections

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
EMGT 115 Foundations of Emergency Management 1 3
Recommended Second Semester
Select any two (2) EMGT courses 2 6
EMGT 197 Tactical Scholar Reflection 3
 Total Credits12

Requires: FEMA 131 Principles of Emergency Management (IS-230.e), FEMA 151 National Incident Management System (NIMS) (IS-700.b and IS-703.b), FEMA 205 Fundamentals of Management and Support Coordination of Federal Disaster Operations (IS-822, 2000)


Consult with the FEMA Program Coordinator prior to selecting; necessary prerequisite coursework and/or FEMA credit conversions may vary based on selections

Note: Completion of appropriate listed FEMA coursework (via FEMA Independent Study courses and credit conversion through MACEM&PS) is necessary before enrolling in associated EMGT courses. Specified EMGT courses are requirements; completion of FEMA IS courses will not by itself result in an FCC credential.

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.