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Commissioner Science Program

The University of Scouting's College of Commissioner Science is pleased to offer for 2019 the NEW National Curriculum courses for Bachelor's and Master's degrees as well as those courses being offered via the Continuing Education and Doctoral Programs!

College of Commissioner Science Degree Requirements 
Degree Prerequisites and Criteria
The Prerequisites, Course Requirements and Performance criteria are listed for each of the three degrees. Since a Thesis or Project is required for the Doctorate Degree, the thesis or project criteria are provided after the Doctorate Degree requirement page. 
NOTE: A person may participate in the college training without having the prerequisites, but no degree will be awarded until all of the requirements are met. It is up to the student to notify the Dean of the College with the necessary proof of completion to be credited with the appropriate degree. 
Bachelor of Commissioner Science (BCS) 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Complete Commissioner Orientation if new to Commissioner Service 
(Click here for the National BSA website on Commissioner Training.) 
4. Complete Commissioner Basic Training as specified on the page for Commissioner Training
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven courses of instruction 
2. Five must be from the Bachelor Degree level training 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service 
Bachelor of Commissioner Science Courses
BCS 101
Core Concepts of Commissioner Service
The position of commissioner is one of the oldest in Scouting. This course reviews and reinforces the commissioner core concepts and identifies the key skills needed for commissioner to be able to assess the units they serve.
BCS 103
Linking District Resources
Although commissioners are viewed as very knowledgeable and capable individuals, a key part of their job is to point a unit in the direction of the expert for the topic in question. Many of those topics have an expert on the local District Committee who has ready access to further resources and wisdom.
BCS 105
Resolving Common Unit Issues
The unit commissioner’s goal in supporting a unit is to discover strengths and needs, and to help the unit improve. Some issues are common and can be resolved readily. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to use the Detailed Assessment to identify unit strengths and needs, understand early warning signals of unit issues and identify focus areas for observing specific unit needs during regular contacts.
BCS 106
Coaching Leaders
In this course a commissioner will become familiar with the new Coaching Model and how to use it to better serve their units. At the end of the course a commissioner will be able to recognize the importance of coaching, employ coaching methods to address different situations, and evaluate options for resolution.
BCS 108
Mining Internet Resources
Commissioners are asked many questions and assumed to be experts on everything. Although they may wish to be an expert, knowing where to find information can make them a virtual expert. In this course we will concentrate not on the local “who do you call” but on using the internet, in effect, mining internet resources.  
BCS 109
The Essential Element (A Servant's Heart)
In 1970, Robert Greenleaf introduced the term “servant leadership”.  At the end of this course, you will be able to define the characteristics of servant leadership, understand a servant’s heart, and apply this concept in commissioner service.
BCS 114
Understanding and Communicating with Today's Leaders
We, as commissioners, need to understand the differences in relating to the generations involved in scouting and inclusiveness. This course presents information, so commissioners embrace the differences and similarities to make the scouting program stronger.
Bachelor of Commissioner Courses - Roundtable
BCS 150
Roundtables in Commissioner Service
An effective roundtable is vital to the success of all commissioner service. This course reviews and reinforces how roundtables fit into the commissioner service structure by providing roundtable services to unit leaders.
BCS 152
The Year-Round Roundtable Planning Process & Promotion
In this course, the participants will be learning how to plan a year roundtable program to best serve the units in their districts. They will also discuss how to promote Roundtables to the units they serve.
BCS 154
Cub Scout Roundtables
Cub Scout Roundtables is normally the first district event that a new leader attends. Focused on FUN and giving new and seasoned leaders “the will to do, and the skill to do” is important not only for the leaders but for the youth they bring the information back to. This course extends the learning material from Roundtable Basic.
BCS 155
Boy Scout Roundtables 
Boy Scout Roundtables provide scout leaders with the resources they need to provide a better program in their unit. The Boy Scout Roundtable should always be working with new and experienced unit leaders to help provide “the will to do, and the skill to do.” This course extends the learning material from Roundtable Basic.
Master of Commissioner Science Degree (MCS) 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree or Earned Commissioner Key 
4. The Commissioner Arrowhead Honor 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven additional courses of instruction (total 14), all seven (7) of the courses must at the Master Degree program level. 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service. 
Master's Degree Courses
MCS 303
Managing Unit Service at the District Level
In this course, we will review how commissioner tools can assist commissioners working at the district level understand how their units and commissioners are performing.
MCS 304
Commissioner Service for Units at Risk
The purpose of the class is to give you some tools to identify units that are at risk as well as tools to approach a unit at risk where there is minimal information and you are there to revive or save the unit. 
MCS 306
Mentoring Skills
This trusting and caring relationship normally extends beyond Scouting skills into values, beliefs, and feelings.  Adults often mentor youth in the program, but for purposes of this discussion we will consider mentoring as a leadership skill required of adults when dealing with adults.
MCS 307
Commissioner Service for Newly Formed Units
In this course, a commissioner will learn the role of a new-unit commissioner and become familiar with working side by side with a new unit organizer.
MCS 312
Recruiting a Commissioner Team
Effective recruiting is vision-based. Your success will be greater if you have a vision for your term of service that guides you. In this course, a commissioner will review the various commissioner roles, review the 5 Ps of recruiting, explain the Skill, Thrill, Ill and Kill of recruiting, know the when, where and why of recruiting, and review some recruiting tips.
MCS 313
Onboarding New Commissioners
To effectively develop a commissioner, they need initial training and then onboarding into the role of being a commissioner.  This course will discuss what is included in the onboarding process and review of the process of onboarding for ensuring new commissioners understand their role and the support that they have.
MCS 316
Developing the Unit Service Plan
The course is designed to provide understanding of the various components comprising a detailed unit health assessment, identify arising problems and issues, and develop a successful unit service plan based on the outcome of a thorough, collaborative, detailed unit health assessment. 

Master of Commissioner Science Courses - Roundtable

MCS 350
Unit and Roundtable Commissioners Working Together
At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to understand how commissioners work together by using the 5 goals of Unit Service, summarize the role unit commissioners play at roundtables, and recognize the unique roll roundtable has in identifying unit needs. 
MCS 352
Roundtable is Over - Now What?
The course will discuss the concept that roundtable isn’t over when the last chair is put away. There are things that need to be completed to help get ready for the next roundtable. There are also items that need to be acted on, to help units with their problems.  A Roundtable Commissioner will become familiar how to continue their commissioner role after the meeting.
MCS 354
The Scouts BSA Breakout
The Scouts BSA breakout session focuses on the needs of troop leaders and helps them solve their problems. The breakout session should help adult leaders learn scout skills as needed to help their youth leaders plan and run the troop program.
MCS 358
Roundtables and Solving Unit Problems
District roundtables have a unique position to help units and unit leaders solve their problems.  A great roundtable team will deliver a quality event that encourages leaders to return each month.  At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to recognize when units may need additional resources, discuss resources that are available to support unit service and understand how to help units resolve their own problems.
Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree (DCS)
NOTE: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not automatically qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award.
A. Prerequisites
1. Current registration as a Commissioner
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate
3. Master of Commissioner Science Degree
4. Awarded the Commissioner Key
B. Course Requirements
1. Complete a minimum of ten additional courses of instruction for a total of twenty-four
2. At least five of the twenty-four must be from the Doctorate Degree level training.
3. Courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.
C. Thesis or Project
1. This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service.
2. The topic must be pre-approved by the Dean of the College, the Dean of Doctoral studies, and/or the Doctoral Review Committee.
3. Complete the thesis or project using the approved format as determined by the college.
D. The completed thesis or project must be approved by the Doctoral Review Committee (See page 16). If a review committee is not used, at a minimum the Council Commissioner and the College Dean need to make the approval.
E. Commissioner Performance
1. Serve for at least one year on the College of Commissioner Science Staff (instructor or support staff), or work with training support for commissioners for at least one year
2. Approval of the Dean of the College, or Staff Advisor for Commissioner Service
3. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
4. Approval of your Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Advisor for Commissioner Service
Doctorate of Commissioner Science Courses
(offered via Doctoral Program)
DCS 501 / DOC 604A
Selecting Your Project or Thesis Topic
This course will introduce you to the concept of a thesis or project and will provide an overview of the application and doctoral degree process.  
DCS 502
Limiting the Scope of the Topic
This course will provide you with ideas on reducing your thesis/project topic to a workable size.  The course will also help you get ideas for your thesis or project research.
DCS 503 / DOC 605A
Developing Your Project or Thesis
This course will cover developing your thesis/project outline and provide you with a variety of suggestions for researching, writing and revising your thesis or project.
DCS 504
Thesis Project Workshop (Panel)
This is a panel workshop hosted by scouters who have already completed their doctorate.  The panel will provide insights into working on a thesis; answer any questions you have; and help you get started on or complete your thesis/project.
DCS 506
Coaching for Administrative Commissioners
Coaching and mentoring are complimentary efforts focused on supporting the highest level of service for administrative commissioners. This class will focus on coaching skills for administrative commissioners. 
DCS 512
Commissioner Recruiting Workshop
This session is designed to discuss best practices for recruiting administrative commissioners creating a team to recruit, develop a recruitment strategy and how to reach out to prospects.  
DCS 516
Succeeding with the Unit Service Plan
This program will give you guidance on providing unit assistance using the service plan developed for the unit.  The course will also discuss the types of data needed to determine unit success across the district.
DOC 614
Doctoral Counseling
This is an individualized session to help you narrow down and finalize your thesis/project proposal, obtain approval of your proposal, and develop a quick outline.  You will be assigned a Thesis Advisor at this session.   THIS IS A NON-CREDIT COURSE.
Continuing Education Commissioner Science Courses
(Offered via Continuing Education Department)
CED 716
Conflict Resolution for Commissioner Course Contents
Conflict arises from differences. It occurs whenever people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas, or desires. In this course a commissioner will become familiar with analyzing the source and cause of conflict, identifying tools to help mediate conflict, and learn to apply the tools to specific situations.
CED 720
A Commissioner's Introduction to Valuing Diversity
The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and general understanding for a commissioner of diversity issues without making value judgments or calling into question peoples’ religious, cultural, or political beliefs and affiliations
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