Corrections, Certificate 

The Corrections Program develops practical and professional knowledge and skills within the correctional field including the application of the law, social sciences, and criminology. The Certificate prepares students for entry level careers in corrections and employment opportunities within the correctional system.


  • Identify and analyze the core principles, practices and skills required for a successful career in corrections.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the functions and roles of the correctional system as it exists within the United States criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and sensitivity toward the ethnic, racial and gender diversity of American society, and an understanding of how these values can be reflected and projected within the penal system.
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise in corrections.

Career Outlook

Corrections officer is an extremely important job and the need for this position will not disappear anytime soon thanks to the high rates of officers retiring or otherwise leaving the profession. The corrections officer may work in either state-operated jails and prisons, privately run facilities, or federal penitentiaries.

  • Institutional Correctional Officer
  • Community Corrections Officer

Program Courses

CJS 100      Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJS 103      Juvenile Justice
CJS 150      Criminal Law
CJS 170      Introduction to Corrections
CJS 190      Race, Crime, and Justice
CJS 199      Criminal Justice Internship

CIS 100       Computer Applications and Concepts

(Selected from the General Education Categories) 
Select one (1) course from the Communications category.
Select one (1) course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences category.

Total for Degree: 9 courses

This information is for planning purposes only. EC3 will make every effort to offer the most updated curriculum information above but reserves the right to change, add, and cancel course offerings. Please check with your assigned advisor for the most updated class information.