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.
Corrections Certificate Program Highlights
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:
- Study the U.S court system and contemporary legal issues in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities
- Explore the administrative and operational aspects of corrections in the United States, with a focus on topics such as inmate rights, correctional staffing, overcrowding, and privatization
- Examine the purposes, objectives, and standards of care associated with various types of corrections programs and institutions, with emphasis on intervention strategies and community alternatives to incarceration
Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
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.*†
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- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
Total Program Credits: 36
- CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change
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 them.
- CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I Change
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.
- CJ 130: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS Change
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; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.
- CJ 140: INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Change
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and provide background in search and seizure and due process as they relate to criminal justice practice.
- CJ 150: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY Change
This course involves the study of the historical development of the juvenile justice system, current programs and services available to juvenile offenders, and delinquency hearings and criminal trials.
- CJ 212: CRIME PREVENTION Change
This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. You will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.
- CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change
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*Local, state, and federal correctional/probation officer jobs and law enforcement positions may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.