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Corrections Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 39
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Corrections Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work in security, custody, discipline, and welfare of adults convicted of felonies and misdemeanors and serving terms in correctional facilities. It also prepares individuals for work as youth guidance supervisors, probation aides, counselor aides, and community service officers. Employment may be found in county, state, and federal facilities.

The certificate curriculum includes: concepts of criminal law, criminal procedures, and investigation; community relations and public safety communications; juvenile procedures and correctional interviewing and counseling. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Administration of Justice major is available. The program also prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution in order to pursue a career as a parole or probation officer on the county, state, or federal level. Completion of some requirements in this certificate also apply to the Law Enforcement Certificate of Achievement. More information on the Administration of Justice program can be found on the Public Safety Department website.

The field of corrections has been targeted as one of the growth areas for employment.

Certification Note:
Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for certification. Please 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. Analyze an offender's criminal behaviors and develop appropriate written recommendations that may include suitability for placement in diversion programs, grants of probation, or classification for incarceration;
  2. evaluate criminal behaviors in relation to the offender's social and cultural background and apply appropriate intervention strategies designed to correct the behaviors;
  3. analyze and evaluate incidents that occur within a correctional facility to determine the presence or absence of criminal behavior and develop necessary reports and documentation to ensure an appropriate resolution within the justice system; and
  4. examine the actions and behaviors of offenders released into the community to ensure compliance with terms of probation or parole.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Corrections Certificate program are:

  • Complete 39 units from
    • Corrections Requirements

Corrections Requirements - complete 39.00 units
AJ 21Introduction to Administration of Justice3.00
AJ 22Concepts of Criminal Law3.00
AJ 25Community Relations3.00
AJ 51Introduction to Evidence3.00
AJ 51ABasic Criminal Investigation3.00
AJ 52Public Safety Communications3.00
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 55Criminal Procedures3.00
AJ 70Introduction to Corrections3.00
AJ 71Correctional Interviewing & Counseling3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5Abnormal Psychology3.00
PSYCH 56Aging, Dying and Death3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
SPCH 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking3.00
SPCH 60Communication Skills3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Summer 2011

Previous Versions:

Corrections - effective Spring 2009
Corrections - 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.


New students should consult the Administration of Justice program advisor.
In order to receive this certificate, all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
AJ 56 is recommended as the first course for students who are undecided about pursuing this certificate.

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