Certificate in Correctional Science

The Certificate of Achievement in Correctional Science provides the student with a base of knowledge for entry-level positions such as corrections officer, custody assistant, or jailer in institutional and community corrections, as well as private and paraprofessional positions at local, state, and federal levels.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Correctional Science Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Identify legal responsibilities and inmate rights as they apply to institutional and community oriented corrections.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the function, duties, and responsibilities of the correctional component of the criminal justice system.
  3. Recognize the requirements for entry level employment and the selection and training mandates for correctional personnel at the local, state, and federal levels.
Required courses:
AJ 130Introduction to Probation and Parole3
AJ 131Introduction to Corrections3
AJ 135Control and Supervision in Corrections3
AJ 137Legal Aspects of Corrections3
ENGL 101Reading and Composition4-5
or ENGL 101H Reading and Composition - Honors
or ENGL 101E Reading and Composition, Enhanced
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Legal Aspects of Evidence3
Juvenile Procedures3
Criminal Court Process3
Community and the Justice System3
Correctional Interviewing and Counseling3
Total Units22-23

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
AJ 135 Control and Supervision in Corrections 3
AJ 131 Introduction to Corrections 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Winter Term 1
AJ 130 Introduction to Probation and Parole 3
Spring Term 1
AJ 137 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3
AJ 102 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
AJ 101 Introduction to the Administration of Justice 3
 Total Units22

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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