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Executive Leadership: Introduction to Executive Fire Officer and Research Design M5101

This is an academically rigorous mediated EFO Program course taught by an instructor with multiple students. The course is taught synchronously, requiring students to attend scheduled classes. There will be assignments completed outside of the classroom environment. Students should expect to spend 10 to 15 hours on course work each week.
Curriculum: Executive Fire Officer Program Leadership and Executive Development
Training Specialists

Michael Weller

Tina Crevier

Delivery type
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in research design and methodology.

This multipart mediated course introduces the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program experience, principles of research design and data gathering, and general theories of leadership.

The first part conveys the philosophy, guiding principles and structure of the EFO Program. It establishes expectations of participation, introduces the executive program environment, provides a capstone (thesis) overview and explores the exercise of leadership.

The second part of the course provides students with a rich understanding of research design and its application to graduate-level thesis development. The course also includes activities for data gathering that incorporate data sources and data collection processes applicable to the students during the EFO Program.

Selection criteria

Acceptance into the EFO Program is required.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.

Must be currently accepted into the EFOP and enrolled in EFOP courses M5101 - Executive Leadership Introduction to EFO and Research Design and R5201 - Exercise of Executive Leadership: Self.

Post-course requirements

Successful completion of EFOP course R5201 - Exercise of Executive Leadership: Self.