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Criminal Justice Certificate

Program Type: Career, one-year
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Law and justice, security
Skill Development: Problem-solving, communication
Career Options: Law enforcement, private security companies
Program Code: HEGIS 5505

Build the foundation for your law enforcement career

Whether you are a recent high-school graduate, a military veteran, or a law enforcement professional with 20 years of experience, the Criminal Justice Certificate at Jefferson is a perfect first step for a successful future in law enforcement and security.

This one-year program includes core classes focused in criminal justice such as criminal administrative procedures, technical writing, psychology, sociology, and more.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation in criminal procedures
  • Broad-based criminal justice coursework to enhance your skills
  • Career preparation whether you’re a rookie or an experienced professional

Go to work protecting people

A certificate in criminal justice gives you an edge in many law and security related fields plus prepares you for professional employment as a police investigator, corrections officer, crime lab technician, probation officer, and dozens of other roles. 

Demand for law enforcement professionals is expected to grow by 7 percent through 2026. However, employment opportunities vary by location.

Learn the law and the skills to enforce it

When you complete the Criminal Justice Certificate you will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a criminal justice setting
  • Read, understand and interpret written information
  • Apply written information in the form of laws, policies, procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the criminal justice system
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies

Go beyond the certificate

While the Criminal Justice Certificate prepares you for entry-level work an edge when taking  law related exams, many times a degree or more credits are needed.  You can transfer easily into the Criminal Justice A.S. or Homeland Security A.S. programs at Jefferson, and some of your credits will transfer.   

Degree requirements for the Criminal Justice Certificate

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
SOC 245: Criminology or SOC 246: Juvenile Delinquency 
ENG 100: College Composition or ENG 101: Research and Composition

Criminal Justice Electives (21 credit hours)

TOTAL 30 credit hours


Program contacts

Paul Alteri
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 
(315) 786-2442

Edward Smalls
Instructor of Criminal Justice 
(315) 786-2441

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522