Our Criminal Justice Technology certificate program is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Emphasis is placed on law enforcement operations, criminal law, court procedures and evidence, and ethics and community relations. Courses are offered in the two formats in alternate semesters.
This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Criminal Justice programs.
The Criminal Justice Technology program also offers degree, diploma, and additional certificate options.
Skills You’ll Learn
The Criminal Justice Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:
- Understanding the criminal justice system and its components (law enforcement, the courts, parole, juvenile justice, and corrections)
- Selecting appropriate techniques and practices for various types of criminal investigations
- Applying knowledge of criminal and constitutional law to criminal scenarios
There are many employment opportunities for Criminal Justice Technology graduates, including:
- Correctional officer
- County detention officer
- Deputy sheriff
- Intensive probation/parole surveillance officer
- Loss prevention specialist
- Police officer
- State trooper
15 Credit Hours
Courses in this program
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This course introduces the components and processes of the criminal justice system. Topics include history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system and their relationship to life in our society. Upon completion, students should be able to define and describe the major system components and their interrelationships and evaluate career options.
This course introduces fundamental law enforcement operations. Topics include the contemporary evolution of law enforcement operations and related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to explain theories, practices, and issues related to law enforcement operations.
This course covers the history/evolution/principles and contemporary applications of criminal law. Topics include sources of substantive law, classification of crimes, parties to crime, elements of crimes, matters of criminal responsibility, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the sources of law and identify, interpret, and apply the appropriate statutes/elements.
This course covers judicial structure/process/procedure from incident to disposition, kinds and degrees of evidence, and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. Topics include consideration of state and federal courts, arrest, search and seizure laws, exclusionary and statutory rules of evidence, and other related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss procedures necessary to establish a lawful arrest/search, proper judicial procedures, and the admissibility of evidence.
This course covers ethical considerations and accepted standards applicable to criminal justice organizations and professionals. Topics include ethical systems; social change, values, and norms; cultural diversity; citizen involvement in criminal justice issues; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply ethical considerations to the decision-making process in identifiable criminal justice situations.