Correctional Officer

Certificate - 24 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.
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. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440