Criminal Justice Certificate
Program Type: Career, one-year
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
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Instructor of Criminal Justice
Application and Admissions Information
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522