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Children in the Justice System Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 18
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Term Effective: Fall 2014


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.

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.

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:

  1. Evaluate juvenile behaviors in a developmental, cultural, and social context;
  2. analyze juvenile behaviors and prepare detailed written reports suitable for use in the criminal justice system;
  3. develop and apply appropriate intervention strategies for children at risk; and
  4. develop and apply appropriate intervention strategies for children involved in delinquent acts.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Children in the Justice System Certificate program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Children in the Justice System Core Requirements

Children in the Justice System Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units
AJ 21Introduction to Administration of Justice3.00
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 71Correctional Interviewing & Counseling3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10Child Growth and Development3.00
CHLD 110.1Developmental Trends of Children Under 31.50
CHLD 110.2Developmental Trends in the Child Age 3-5 Years1.50
CHLD 110.4Developmental Trends in Adolescents1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 90.1Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
CHLD 190.1Home, School, Community Interrelationships3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AJ 25Community Relations3.00
CHLD 68Issues in Diversity3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2014

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Children in the Justice System - effective Fall 1981

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.
CHLD 10 and AJ 21 should be the first courses taken. Other courses can be taken in any order.

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