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.
The Juvenile Justice Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of juvenile justice.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
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.
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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of mission, goals and legal premises that govern the criminal justice system;
- Use investigative skills to gather, analyze and assess information to recommend an outcome that is consistent with established laws and guidelines;
- 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,
- Demonstrate the skills required for the documentation and assessment of information obtained during interactions with and supervision of offenders.
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.