Program Number: 10-504-2
School Year: 2017-2018
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
The Criminal Justice program is an accredited two-year associate of applied science degree program that prepares students for positions in a variety of criminal justice careers ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons.
Students may begin criminal justice 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 criminal justice needs people with high ethical standards, positive human values, supportive attitudes and effective listening and negotiating skills.
Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
- $132.20 per credit (resident)
- $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
- Think critically.
- Manage emergencies.
- Communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate professionalism.
- Conduct investigations.
- Interact with others.
- Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to Certification Track only).
- 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.
- Attend a program orientation with your advisor.
- A Criminal Background Check is 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|
|504-933||Correctional Report Writing||3|
|809-1xx||Behavioral Science Course||3|
|504-143||Probation and Parole||3|
|- OR -|
|504-934||Correctional Law and Code||3|
|504-935||Corrections Summary Assessment||1|
|809-1xx||Social Science Course||3|
|Required Elective Credits||3|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||66|
General Education Options
** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.
Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.
For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.