Criminal Justice: Corrections Administration

Certificate Program
Department: Law/Criminal Justice

CIP Code: 43.0102

MCC Program Code: CJ04

NYSED Code (DCC): 84237

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50% or more of this program can be completed online.

The certificate program in Corrections Administration is offered for in-service officers, as well as students who wish to enter the corrections field. The program is designed to provide the student with a concentration of courses having a direct relationship to correctional responsibilities.

The courses in this program are transferable to the A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice - Police Science. A certificate will be issued to those students who successfully complete the 30 prescribed semester hours listed below. Graduates may also be required to pass a qualifying civil service exam for employment.
(Housed in the Law and Criminal Justice Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the structure and functions of the law enforcement component of the criminal justice system.
2. Describe the structure and functions of the courts component of the criminal justice system.
3. Describe the structure and functions of the corrections component of the criminal justice system.
4. Explain post-conviction options in the corrections system.
5. Explain the impact of various correctional philosophies in the corrections system.
6. Explain the interactions of law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the community in addressing crime in society.
7. Explain core principles of law and justice as they apply to the roles of citizen and criminal justice professional.
8. Apply the appropriate principles of law and justice to situations that are encountered in the criminal justice professions.
9. Identify appropriate responses to ethical issues encountered in the criminal justice professions.
10. Identify criminal justice career options and their required qualifications.
11. Develop career-related competencies through workplace experience.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 12 Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Introduction to Corrections3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
CRJ 171 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3
CRJ 172 Institutional Procedures and Treatment of Inmates 3
CRJ 217 Community Based Corrections 3
PSY 200 Behavior Modification 3
PSY 205 Social Psychology3
SOC 203 Criminology 3
Total 18

For information related to cost, success rate, and student debt in this program, please visit Criminal Justice: Corrections Administration - Gainful Employment Information.