Criminal Justice - Corrections

Criminal Justice - Corrections video

Program Number: 10-504-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac

Program Description

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 Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $31,197

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • 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).

Career Opportunities

  • 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)

Admission Process

  • 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.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • A Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
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
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 18
Term 2
504-930 Security Procedures 3
504-931 Communication Skills 3
504-933 Correctional Report Writing 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
809-159 Abnormal Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 15
Term 3
504-143 Probation and Parole 3
504-155 Stress Management 3
504-162 Corrections Internship 2
504-937 Juvenile Supervision 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
 - OR - 
806-122 Natural Sciences in Society 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 17
Term 4
504-136 Correctional Counseling 3
504-932 Adult Supervision 3
504-934 Correctional Law and Code 3
504-935 Corrections Summary Assessment 1
504-936 Emergency Procedures 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 16
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

Exit Assessment

504-935 Corrections Summary Assessment is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.

Institutional Requirements

** 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.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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