Criminal Justice - Corrections
Program Number: 10-504-2
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
The Criminal Justice - Corrections program is an accredited two-year associate of applied science degree program that prepares students for positions in a variety of corrections careers ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons.
Students may begin correctional employment immediately upon graduation, continue on with their four-year degree, or work to get the combination of work and education required for specific positions such as probation and parole agent. Many current professionals enroll in the program to enhance career advancement opportunities.
This program focuses on the “soft skills” necessary for success in this field. Students are trained in paraprofessional counseling skills focused on the empowerment model. Many counties require the associate of applied science degree or 60 college credits. A graduate of Moraine Park’s program, once hired in these jail positions, can expect to earn $15 to $16 per hour.
The field of corrections needs people with high ethical standards, positive human values, supportive attitudes and effective listening and negotiating skills.
Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates
- $125.85 per credit (resident)
- $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Write a court ready document (Think critically, Communicate effectively).
- Simulate responding to emergency situations in the criminal justice system (Manage emergencies, Think critically, Demonstrate tactical skills).
- Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills within corrections-related environments (Communicate effectively, Demonstrate tactical skills).
- Develop a code of behavior to incorporate in a corrections career (Demonstrate professionalism, Think critically).
- Explore procedures, practices and processes within the criminal justice system (Conduct Investigations, Think critically, Demonstrate tactical skills).
- Apply the concept of growth and behavior to clientele in the criminal justice system (Interact with others).
- Correctional Officer
- Psychiatric Care Technician
- Shelter Care/Group Home Worker
- Home Detention Specialist
- Youth Counselor
- County Social Service Specialist
- Teacher Assistant
- Probation and Parole Agent (with a minimum additional two years community-based or related experience or after further education)
- Submit the college admission application.
- Submit the $30 one-time fee.
- Submit high school and other official college transcripts.
- Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
- Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).
- A Criminal Background Check is required.
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
|103-159||**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office||1|
|504-102||Careers in Corrections||3|
|504-110||Introduction to Criminal Justice Supervision||3|
|504-181||Ethnicity, Corrections and Supervision||3|
|801-136||English Composition 1||3|
|809-198||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|- OR -|
|809-199||Psychology of Human Relations||3|
|504-933||Correctional Report Writing||3|
|801-196||Oral and Interpersonal Communication||3|
|- OR -|
|- OR -|
|504-143||Probation and Parole||3|
|- OR -|
|806-122||Natural Sciences in Society||3|
|809-166||Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application||3|
|504-934||Correctional Law and Code||3|
|504-935||Corrections Summary Assessment||1|
|809-196||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Required Elective Credits||3|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||69|
Corrections Summary Assessment is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.
** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.