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If you want to pursue entry-level positions in a corrections facility, or want to advance in your current corrections career, Kaplan University's online Corrections Certificate program may provide you with the necessary skills and credentials to excel in this rapidly growing, increasingly complex career field.
Our online certificate program is designed to meet the regulatory and continuing professional education requirements for corrections officers and employees of community-based corrections programs. In this program you will:
This program is designed to prepare you to seek employment at a local, state, or federal corrections facility. As a corrections officer, you may be called on to help the police investigate prison inmates. Corrections officers sometimes move on to careers as in-house or store detectives, probation or parole officers, or members of law enforcement.*†
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
Total Program Credits: 36
This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.
This course examines the administrative and
operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States.
The historical development of corrections, the philosophy of
punishment and corrections, correctional institutions, programs,
and services, as well as topics such as inmate rights and
correctional staffing, are examined. Contemporary issues, such as
overcrowding and privatization are also
Criminal Origins and Correctional Alternatives
introduces aspects of human development, including individual and
environmental factors, that contribute to juvenile and adult
criminal behavior. The course explores various modern
correctional alternatives designed to meet the needs of offenders
who do not require incarceration.
This course involves the study of the
historical development of the juvenile justice system, the
current programs and services available to juvenile off enders,
as well as delinquency hearings and criminal
This course provides students with a set of
thoughtful and critical readings on contemporary correctional
issues in the United States. Topics include prisons, jails, and
other correctional facilities; management and policies governing
these facilities; alternatives to incarceration; community and
societal perceptions; sentencing; inmate-related themes, such as
health issues, elderly inmates, and female offenders; and
programs in prison.
This course teaches students the fundamentals
of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal
justice. Topics covered include the role of ethics as it pertains
to the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of personnel; the
mission of the criminal justice system; the importance of
maintaining public trust; the responsible use of discretionary
authority; the devastating consequences of official misconduct
and recommendations for its control; the importance of
organizational leadership; the role of training; and the future
of the criminal justice system.
This course combines state-of-the-art
behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to
identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It
prepares students for effective police management and
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
* Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.