The Children in the Justice System Certificate of Achievement provides courses from both the Child Development department and the Administration of Justice program that target the needs of those who work with youth and children in the justice system.
In order to work effectively with youthful offenders, professionals need to understand both the dynamics of child and family development and the workings of the juvenile justice system. By combining classes from these two programs, students will better understand the interplay between the two.
Occupations relevant to this professional certification include: juvenile probation officers; juvenile correctional counselors/youth supervisors; youth group counselors; and police officers who work with domestic violence, youth, or family cases. This program can also provide a foundation for the field of juvenile probation, which usually requires a Bachelor's degree.
The rising incidence of youth crime is creating an increased need for more professionals in the justice system. There is a strong labor market for those skilled in working with youth and families.
Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for certification. Contact the Public Safety Department for more information.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate juvenile behaviors in a developmental, cultural, and social context;
- analyze juvenile behaviors and prepare detailed written reports suitable for use in the criminal justice system;
- develop and apply appropriate intervention strategies for children at risk; and
- develop and apply appropriate intervention strategies for children involved in delinquent acts.