Juvenile Justice Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 21.0

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Juvenile Justice - effective Fall 2022
Children in the Justice System - effective Fall 2017
Children in the Justice System - effective Fall 2016
Children in the Justice System - effective Fall 2014
Children in the Justice System - effective Fall 1981


The Juvenile Justice Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of juvenile justice.

The courses required by the Certificate are courses that are also required for an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Students can complete the Certificate and start their careers while continuing to work towards an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Completion of the requirements in this certificate can also apply to the Corrections Certificate of Achievement and the Law Enforcement Certificate of Achievement.

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 e being processed as delinquent 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.

Certification Note:
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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of mission, goals and legal premises that govern the criminal justice system;
  2. Use investigative skills to gather, analyze and assess information to recommend an outcome that is consistent with established laws and guidelines;
  3. Evaluate actions and behavior of offenders in a theoretical, cultural, and social context to formulate a course of action consistent with the goals of the juvenile justice system; and,
  4. Demonstrate the skills required for the documentation and assessment of information obtained during interactions with and supervision of offenders.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Juvenile Justice program are:

  • Complete 21.0 units from
    • Juvenile Justice Core Requirements

Juvenile Justice Core Requirements - complete 21.00 units
AJ 21Introduction to Administration of Justice3.00
AJ 22Concepts of Criminal Law3.00
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 71Criminal Justice Interviewing & Counseling3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
AJ 25Community Relations3.00
AJ 56Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
AJ 57Basic Criminal Investigation3.00
AJ 99IAdministration of Justice Internship1.00-8.00
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


A grade of "C" or better is required for all certificate courses.
To complete the Certificate in 2 semesters, AJ 21 and AJ 22 should be taken simultaneously during the first semester. AJ 53 and AJ 71 should be taken simultaneously during the second semester.
To complete the Certificate in more than 2 semesters, it is recommended that students take and successfully complete AJ 21 before taking any other AJ courses.

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