Correctional Officer

Certificate - 25 credits

About this program
Students interested in a criminal justice career other than law enforcement may enroll in the Correctional Officer certificate program. The certificate program is designed to provide pre-employment education for the student who desires a position as a correctional officer. The program also provides continuing education for employed correctional officers. Students who complete the certificate program articulate into the two-year Criminal Justice AS degree for peace officer licensing.
Program outcomes
  1. Students will gain basic knowledge and career skills, and develop values and attitudes consistent with professional career employment opportunities within the state correctional system.
  2. Students will participate in quality learning experiences that will help to prepare each student for the challenges of their selected career choice.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining effective collaborative relationships with all federal, state, and local criminal justice organizations and human service agencies.
  4. Students will develop a code of behavior consistent with the professional attitudes and ethical standards expected of correctional officers and criminal justice professionals.
Employment
Correctional Officers will find employment in state prisons as well as county and municipal jails. Other possibilities include prison camps, youth correctional facilities, Federal correctional institutions and privately managed for-profit prisons. Homeland Security, the private security industry, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and Airport Transportation Security are also possibilities. The Correctional Officer will have no authority outside of the institution in which they are employed. Increased mandatory sentencing guidelines, high turnover, and a lack of dependency on economic fluctuations contribute to a better than average outlook for the labor demand in this occupation.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
25 Required courses
25 Total

Correctional Officer - Certificate

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
ACCT1012 ACCT1012 - Principles of Bookkeeping CK 3
CPTR1100 CPTR1100 - Fund Computer Concepts 1
CRJU1101 CRJU1101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJU1108 CRJU1108 - Physical Control Tactics for Corrections 3
CRJU1109 CRJU1109 - Law Enforcement Behavioral Science 3
CRJU2201 CRJU2201 - Criminal Law 3
CRJU2206 CRJU2206 - Police Report Writing 3
ENGL1101 ENGL1101 - College Writing 3
SOC2216 SOC2216 - Minority Group Relations 3
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1st Fall Term - 13 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
CPTR1100 CPTR1100 - Fund Computer Concepts 1
CRJU1101 CRJU1101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJU2201 CRJU2201 - Criminal Law 3
ENGL1101 ENGL1101 - College Writing 3
SOC2216 SOC2216 - Minority Group Relations 3

1st Spring Term - 12 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
ACCT1012 ACCT1012 - Principles of Bookkeeping CK 3
CRJU1108 CRJU1108 - Physical Control Tactics for Corrections 3
CRJU1109 CRJU1109 - Law Enforcement Behavioral Science 3
CRJU2206 CRJU2206 - Police Report Writing 3